Lumber Demand Still Strong
The Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) has
forecasted that the red-hot lumber markets of 2004 will cool
slightly in 2005 and into 2006. Despite the decreases, lumber
demand should remain at historic highs.
WWPAreported preliminary totals show lumber demand
in 2004 reached a record 61.8 billion board feet, an increase of
8.4 percent above the previous high of 57 billion board feet
set the previous year. In 2005, lumber demand is forecast at
59.6 billion board feet, down 3.5 percent, while 2006 demand
should slip to 58.9 billion board feet. Although lower, the
2005 and 2006 demand volumes would be the second and
third highest in history.
The growth in lumber consumption came in residential
construction and repair and remodeling. WWPA anticipates
housing starts and remodeling activity will decline over the
next two years as interest rates begin to move higher. Since
both markets together comprise nearly 75 percent of annual
lumber consumption, the drop in housing and remodeling
activity will be the chief reasons for the decreases in lumber
demand this year and next.
FRA Awards Wigley
The Forest Resources Association
awarded its 2005
National Outstanding Forestry
Activist Award to Tim Wigley
of PAC/West Communications
in Wilsonville, Ore. He was recognized
for his leading role in
building support for the Presidentís
Healthy Forests Initiative
with the public and
policymakers. Wigley has advocated
forestry in political campaigns throughout the U.S.,
but his most valuable contribution, says FRA, is the development
of Project Protect in 2003, a campaign to support the
current Administrationís Healthy Forests Initiative and to
turn it into effective national legislation.
Sustainable Forests EIS
The American Forest Resources Council (AFRC) reported
that the Washington DNRís policy for Sustainable Forests EIS
was released April 15. The review period runs through
May 1. Seven hearings will be held across the state and the
AFRC will be responding to the EIS and coordinating industry
input for those hearings. The AFRC expects to see more
sophisticated policies and new definitions of old growth and
Gary Doyle Passes
Longtime Associated Logging Contractors member and
five-year ALC board member, Gary Doyle, passed away
March 15 after battling leukemia. Gary joined the ALC in
1976 and became a board member in 2000. He was part of the
industry for almost 50 years ó purchasing his first log truck
in the spring of 1957.
"Provider Pals" Celebration
On June 8, First Lady Laura Bush will serve as the
Honorary Chair of a dinner event in Washington, D.C.
celebrating seven years of growth for "Provider Pals," the
award-winning program that brings natural resource
people ó loggers, miners, fishers, farmers, and ranchers ó
to urban and suburban middle-school kids (and teachers).
The goal is to foster long-term connections between resource
provider and classroom into the future.
The FRA asks that when Bruce Vincent and the Provider
Pals organization contact you, please consider lending your
support, to raise the visibility of this important program to
forge a new urban-rural interface and carry it into the future.
Ministers Oppose Illegal Logging
On March 18, the American Forest & Paper Association
praised the commitment from the Environment and
Development Ministers of the world's eight leading industrial
nations to take measures to oppose illegal logging
"AF&PA is encouraged by the action taken by the G8
Ministers," said Ann Wrobleski, Vice President, International
at AF&PA, "and we are committed to work with the G8
governments and any other interested parties to end all
illegal logging in areas where timber harvesting is expressly
prohibited. Illegal logging has so many negative consequences
Ė environmentally, socially, and economically."
A recent AF&PA study indicates that illegal logging steals
billions of dollars per year from developing countries and
artificially depresses world timber prices by between seven and
sixteen percent, on average. Further, the study reports, illegally
harvested logs can be priced as much as 50 percent cheaper
than legal logs. Since the cost of the log is the largest part of
the cost of any forest product, that illegal log gives the bad actor
a distinct cost advantage over a law-abiding company.
Sponsors Needed for Sustainable Forestry Tour
The Idaho Forest Products Commission is sponsoring a
Sustainable Forestry Tour for educators June 22-25 in North
Central Idaho. The tour is being modeled after the popular
Temperate Forest Foundationís Intermountain Teacherís
Tour. The experience is designed to help educators teach
their students about forest resources and the future choices
they will need to make.
Donít miss this opportunity. Sponsorships are $300 (registration
fee) plus teacher travel costs. You may sponsor a
specific teacher from your local area, or one can be matched
to you. To be a sponsor or to nominate an educator, contact
tour coordinator Harold Osborne at (208) 875-1471 or IFPC at
(208) 334-3292. You can also register online at
Intermountain Roundwood Association Launches Website
The Intermountain Roundwood Association (IRA) recently
launched www.intermountainroundwood.org ó a
comprehensive website to assist contractors, retailers,
Co-ops, government specifiers and end-users locate the
roundwood products they need and direct them to convenient
places to buy them. The project was funded through a
U.S. Forest Service grant and the Montana Community Development
Corporation in support of the IRA's role in maintaining
a viable roundwood industry.
The website features a searchable product locator that allows
viewers to examine 39 different roundwood
product/service categories ranging from architectural and
structural, fencing, log furniture, poles and stakes to wood
preservatives and pressure-treating services.
service is temporarily unavailable