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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.

Timber Prices Climb: Market Adjustment or Weather?

Timber Prices Climb: Market Adjustment or Weather?

After wavering over the winter, timber prices are up from a year ago, but only time will tell if this is due to wet conditions or is more long-term.

“We are seeing an increase in stumpage prices that we hope is due to the increase in demand and increased lumber prices, and not wet weather. Once again, as we enter the dry season, we will have to wait and see if prices drop back to previous levels or hold,” writes Marshall Thomas, president of F&W Forestry Services, in the spring issue of his company’s newsletter. “If they hold, then we will know that we are finally having a market adjustment and not a short-term weather adjustment.”

Thomas also says that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is creating uncertainty and could have an impact on timber markets as well, depending on whether and how trade and supply chains are disrupted.

Another factor is housing starts, which look good—there is a backlog of permitted houses that have not started construction—but the increase in interest rates could have an impact there as well.

“We will just have to wait and see how it plays out,” Thomas writes.

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F&W Managers Report Increased Reforestation

F&W Managers Report Increased Reforestation

Improving timber markets and the resulting escalation in harvest activity drove an uptick in reforestation activity during the 2021/22 tree planting season, according to the annual survey of F&W managers.

Reforestation activity by managers increased by 33 percent over last season, with more than 24,000 acres of trees planted across F&W’s operating footprint.

As in years past, the South practices the most widespread tree planting, whereas natural regeneration is more common in the Northeast and Central regions. In Northern California, the manager reports that the increase in acres planted this year was due primarily to reforestation efforts on land burned by wildfires in 2020 and 2021.

Managers reported increased use in container tree seedlings, and several said they faced challenges to getting sites planted, including wet fall weather that delayed site prep and contractor and labor shortages.

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$1 Billion Program Seeks To Encourage Landowners to Implement Climate-Friendly Practices

$1 Billion Program Seeks To Encourage Landowners to Implement Climate-Friendly Practices

A new program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend $1 billion to fight climate change by funding projects that help farmers and forest landowners implement management practices that lead to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The goal of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Agriculture program is to implement climate-friendly conservation practices on working farms and forests while measuring and verifying the carbon and greenhouse gas benefits.

The USDA will award grants to public and private “partner” entities, who in turn will work with forest owners or farmers on the implementation of conservation practices, including technical and financial support. Eligible practices include afforestation and reforestation, planting for high carbon sequestration rates, forest stand management, and maintaining and improving forest soil quality.

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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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