Premiums on Certified Lumber

Mike Hagen mhagen at
Sat Sep 18 12:10:19 EST 1999

I presume you're talking about the Smartwood certification process. 
Locally it has become almost invisible after some initial PR.  It seems
to lend itself to the non-timber forest product market pretty well but
becomes frustrating when there are only a few, very large log buyers in
the area. This may not be the case for you.  

Karl Davies wrote:
> Christopher Erickson wrote:
> > Samuel J. Radcliffe <SamR at> wrote in message
> > news:37E22BC2.4F5B901D at
> > > Why worry about this? What's wrong with letting the market decide what's
> > > "fair"?
> >  Or to be more to the point:
> >
> > Why worry about this? The market _will_ decide this, regardless of what is
> > fair.
> Well, I guess the reason for worrying about it is economic.  If I'm going to
> plunk down $5,000 to $10,000 to get certified as a forest manager, then I'd
> want to see a reasonable chance of getting a return on that investment.  I'm
> altruistic, but not THAT altruistic. <G>
> And if it looked like the landowners and the mills were going to walk off with
> all the profits from certification, why should I even bother thinking about
> it?  Especially when it's me and the loggers who are the ones who are making
> most of the effort, IMO.
> --
> Karl Davies, Silviculturist
> Northeastern Forestry Reformation List Server

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