Log exports have exploded over the past year and OLC is helping the timber industry make the most of this positive turn of events.
Log Export Statistics
Here are just a few stats compiled by the USDA Forest Service:
- Log exports from Oregon and Washington totaled 505.2 million board feet, up 75.1% 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%) of the second quarter 2011 West coast log exports went to China, 83.3 million board feet (14.6%) to Japan, and 78.3 million board feet (13.8%) to South Korea.
- Douglas-fir accounted for 55.6% of these log exports; western hemlock, 28.9%; spruce, 11.1%; and other softwoods, 4.4%.
- The total value of log shipments was $393.8 million at the ports of exportation, and the average value was $691.83 per thousand board feet. Douglas-fir averaged $836.57 per thousand board feet; hemlock, $537.14; spruce, $325.78; and other softwoods, $719.90.
Total Log Exports for the First 6 Months of 2010 and 2011 (in million board feet)
|548.6||982.2 = 79.0% increase|
Finding New Opportunties
The Oregon Logging Conference, which prides itself on helping the timber industry find solutions, opportunies and inspiration through networking, education, and featuring state-of-the-art equipment, chose “The World Needs our Wood” as its theme this year.
At the 2012 show held February 23-25, you’ll find:
• classes focussing on the dynamic export market
• equipment to improve productivity, and
• a host of networking to opportunities.
. . . and all for just $95.
If you haven’t already registered, click HERE. We’ll see you at the show!