Wetter Weather, Improving Market Conditions Bring Welcome Price Boost To Some Timber Growers

For the first time since 2009, F&W Forestry Services – a leading U.S. forest management and consulting firm – reports “substantial” quarter-over-quarter increases in prices received by tree growers for virtually all timber products, from large lumber-size trees for home building and other construction projects to smaller pulpwood for the paper industry.

Marshall Thomas, president of F&W based in Albany, Ga., which operates in most major forested regions of the U.S. and in the southern tier of South America, said the 2009 increase in timber prices was largely weather related.  Writing in the fall edition of his firm’s newsletter, The F&W Forestry Report, Thomas said:

“This (fall) quarter is likely a weather-related bump too, since the South, unlike the Mid-west, has had some timely rainfall,” Thomas writes.  “But there are some indications of increased demand for pine pulpwood and sawtimber which could be leveraging the weather bump.”

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