average homes per average acre of forest harvest?

Mike Hagen mhagen at olympus.net
Sat Oct 10 13:59:59 EST 1998

Here's an answer from export territory. In coastal Washington an unexeptional
industrial stand of western hemlock/red cedar will run 35 MBF/acre at 35 years
and may double that at 70 years. 

But here's a twist:  as the stand ages the proportion of exportable wood rises
to 55-65% of the stand from 10-15% when younger. Young stands are typically cut
into chip & saw or low grade dimension lumber while the clear, straight, higher
ring count logs are shipped overseas, leaving the tops and a small amount of low
grade for domestic use.  So how many homes can be built per acre:  less from the
superior stand, more from the "immature". 

So is the value of an exported log lost? If you own a Toyota, Sony, a Seiko, or
a Chinese made toy, part of the price paid was supported by US exports of logs. 
If your interest rate drops so you can finally afford that new home, was that
because of the "Asian flu" and this year's rise of the domestic log market or
because our banks have had to shift their business back home to pick up the

Just muddying the water,
Mike H.

zswatson at my-dejanews.com wrote:
> Hello^3,
> This helps a lot!
> It is exactly the sort of information I'm looking for.
> (Thanks for pointing out that time is important in the
> calculations also.)
> Anyone have similar figures for their part of the country,
> or know where I could look it up?
> Since I'm in California,
> I'd especially like to get some ball park figures for
> California and the Western US.
> Thanks again,
> John
> In article <361D867E.45A7 at planttel.net>,
>   kegebein at planttel.net wrote:
> >
> > In rough ball park figures from South Georgia:
> > The average clear cut is about 30 years old.
> > It contains about 30 cords of sawlogs (Chip-n-Saw) and 5 cords of
> > pulpwood. Those 30 cords of Chip-n-Saw is equal to about 12,000 board
> > feet of actual lumber.
> >
> > I understand it takes 10,000 to 15,000 board feet of lumber to build a
> > house here. So, it takes about one acre and 30 years to build one house.
> >
> > Usually a select cut down here will remove 5,000 to 10,000 board feet
> > and the timber stands will be 40 plus years old. That is not counting
> > pulpwood thinnings which don't remove any saw logs and are done at a
> > much younger age.
> >
> > I have never seen a "virgin" stand of timber, but some of our parks have
> > trees that average 100 years old and after the age of 60 or so the trees
> > dies faster than they grow. So, the amount of board feet in the stands
> > actually decline the older the trees get.
> >
> > All of the above refers to Southern Pines, other species are quite
> > different.
> >
> > Hope this helps,
> > Ted Kegebein
> > South Georgian
> > http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Senate/1389
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