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West coast log, lumber exports soar in first half of 2011
Date:9/2/2011

A total of 569.2 million board feet of softwood logs and 232.2 million board feet of softwood lumber were exported from the West coast in April, May, and June, according to the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station.

"The volume of softwood log exports was up 37.8 percent from 413.1 million board feet in the first quarter of 2011, while the volume of softwood lumber exports was up 3.3 percent from 224.9 million board feet," said Debra Warren, a research economist with the station.

Compared to the first half of 2010, 2011 log and lumber exports through June of this year increased 79 and 83 percent, respectively. The sharp increase is due mostly to the high demand for logs and lumber in China.

Warren, who compiled the statistics from the U.S. International Trade Commission, annually authors Production, Prices, Employment, and Trade in Northwest Forest Industries, a publication that provides current information on the region's lumber and plywood production and prices as well as employment in forest industries. The 2010 report is available online at http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/38431.

Other highlights of this year's second quarter:

Softwood Logs

  • Log exports from Oregon and Washington totaled 505.2 million board feet, up 75.1 percent from the 2011 first quarter volume of 379.5 million board feet. A total of 18.8 million board feet of logs was exported from northern California, up from 9.9 million board feet in the first quarter of 2011. Alaska exported a total of 45.2 million board feet in the second quarter of 2011, compared with 23.7 in the first quarter of 2011.

  • Some 403.7 million board feet (70.9 percent) of the second quarter 2011 West coast log exports went to China, 83.3 million board feet (14.6 percent) to Japan, and 78.3 million board feet (13.8 percent) to South Korea.

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Contact: Yasmeen Sands
ysands@fs.fed.us
360-753-7716
USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station
Source:Eurekalert

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