Court Bans Raw Log Imports

Joseph Zorzin redoak at forestmeister.com
Mon Jun 23 04:40:50 EST 1997


Larry Caldwell wrote:
> 
> In article <339E6C7D.3875 at forestmeister.com>,
> Joseph Zorzin <redoak at forestmeister.com> wrote:
> 
> > Why would anyone bother to import Siberian logs into timber rich west
> > coast of America?
> 
> There's a lot of excess mill capacity in the PNW.  Also, Siberia isn't
> that far away.
> 
> The overcut during the Reagan adminisration left PNW forests pretty short
> on mature timber to harvest.  It will be another couple decades at least
> before depressed timber harvests can return to normal levels.  Import
> timber has been an attempt by mills to survive through the timber
> shortage.
> 
> -- Larry

So what happened to the principle of "supply and demand"? Haven't
stumpage prices risen? If so, why hasn't that brought more timber into
the market from private land? Or is it just that Siberian logs are so
cheap?



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