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F&W is committed to helping landowners get the most out of their timberland – one of the best tools is current and relevant information. Through the F&W Forestry Report, our clients and subscribers gain an insider’s view on the latest market conditions, timber prices and legislation affecting forestry. Each quarterly report is packed with insights gathered from our participation in professional associations, academic research cooperatives and everyday work in the forest to give you an edge in the marketplace.

What A Difference A Year Makes

What A Difference A Year Makes

A year ago, we were just learning about a new disease known as COVID-19 and were in the thick of businesses and economies shutting down in an attempt to slow the spread. Today, because of vaccines, we are on track to return to normal, including in-person meetings of forestry organization events.

“Last spring, I talked about how sawmills were curtailing production,” writes Marshall Thomas, president of F&W Forestry Services, in his company’s spring newsletter. “It seems ironic to think of that now, as demand for lumber continued through the crisis and prices reached all-time highs.”

“Unfortunately, this hasn’t translated into higher prices being paid to landowners for trees, since we still have an oversupply of trees in the forest,” he adds.

Thomas notes that rural real estate has done very well during the pandemic, with higher-than-normal interest in tracts near urban areas.

“It will be interesting to see if this and other COVID-19-related trends hold up as we move back to ‘normal.’”

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President Biden’s Climate Agenda Includes Private Forests

President Biden’s Climate Agenda Includes Private Forests

As promised during his campaign, President Biden has focused on climate change since taking office in January, and the role that forests play in capturing carbon from the atmosphere continues to be elevated in discussions around potential solutions to the nation’s environmental challenges.

Thus far, Mr. Biden has signed two executive orders focusing on climate change. Of the many concepts included in these orders, the 30×30 initiative is presently at the forefront of those expected to have a direct effect on private forests. This initiative aims to conserve at least 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030 and the USDA is currently collecting input on this policy from foresters, farmers, and other stakeholders.

As the president and Congress begin to shape far-reaching environmental and tax policies, it is imperative that the forestry community work to educate our elected officials on the many significant contributions that private working forests not only make in the ability of trees to capture and store carbon, but in clean water and air, wildlife habitat, jobs, supporting rural communities, and a sustainable supply of wood and fiber for building products, paper and packaging, and hundreds of other items consumers use every day.

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Despite Strange Year, Tree Planting Doesn’t Look Too Different

Despite Strange Year, Tree Planting Doesn’t Look Too Different

The annual tree planting survey of F&W managers finds that reforestation activity has held steady or is slightly higher than last season, which mirrors the U.S. Forest Service report that shows tree planting ticking upwards.

F&W managers report that reforestation activities have been about the same or higher than last year, but their experiences varied in how this season compares to five years ago.

Decreased planting was due, in some areas, to more land being developed or placed in conservation easements, weather conditions, or labor shortages. Managers are still primarily planting genetically-advanced loblolly seedlings and more landowners are opting to plant containerized seedlings, citing early growth and better survival rates.

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The F&W Forestry Report is published quarterly for our clients reporting on the latest market conditions, timber prices and legislation affecting forestry.

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