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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.

Forestry Challenges: Housing Flat, China Tariffs And Lumber Prices

Forestry Challenges: Housing Flat, China Tariffs And Lumber Prices

Housing starts have remained steady at a level that isn’t enough to put any real pressure on prices for sawtimber-sized trees, while China has been a wild card for just about everyone in the forest industry, particularly the hardwood sector.

Marshall Thomas, president of F&W Forestry Services, Inc., discusses these challenges in his firm’s summer newsletter, along with the dropping lumber prices.

He notes that the effects that the retaliatory tariffs imposed by China are having on the wood products industry “emphasizes the fact that we are operating in a global economy and illustrates the impact that trade policy can have on local mills and markets.”

However, he also points out that the disconnect between lumber prices and pine sawtimber stumpage prices is now working in the favor of tree growers.

“The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Index went above $575 in June of last year, and then dropped as low as $319 last quarter,” Thomas writes. “Fortunately, Southern stumpage stayed true to its recent patterns, and has only dropped slightly—the lack of linkage between lumber prices and stumpage prices looked bad last year, but it looks better now.”

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Disaster Relief Is Finally On The Way

Disaster Relief Is Finally On The Way

Eight months after Hurricane Michael roared through the Florida Panhandle, Southwest Georgia, and Southeast Alabama, causing more than $2 billion in timberland damage, federal disaster aid is finally on the way.

The $19.1 billion in federal emergency aid will provide assistance to forest landowners, farmers, and others affected by hurricanes, wildfires, tornados and other natural disasters in 2018 and 2019.  The disaster relief legislation funds numerous federal programs, including $480 million for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program.  It also allocates $3 billion in grants to provide financial assistance for expenses related to losses of crops and block grants to states for compensation to producers, forest restoration, and poultry and livestock losses.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has promised to get the funds flowing quickly to the states.

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U.S. Log And Lumber Exports Show Dismal Effects Of Retaliatory Tariffs

U.S. Log And Lumber Exports Show Dismal Effects Of Retaliatory Tariffs

The ongoing trade/tariff war between the U.S. and China is having a significant negative impact on American wood product exports.

The hardwood sector, which is heavily reliant on exports to China, has been particularly hard hit.

“Over the last three quarters, hardwood exporters lost $153 million per quarter, as a result of the 10 percent tariffs imposed by China.  When the current tariffs increase to 25 percent, a steep acceleration of losses is expected,” the Hardwood Federation reports.

Softwood logs and lumber have been adversely affected as well.  In the first quarter of 2019, softwood lumber exports to China were down 66 percent compared to the same period last year, with softwood log exports to China down 28 percent during that same time, according to data published by Lumber Track.

Although negotiations regarding trade with China stalled between the two countries earlier this year, talks look to be back on track following a meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi in June.

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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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