Mike H. mhagen at olympus.net
Sat Aug 26 13:50:48 EST 2000

You'd think there are times when a poor market is good for the woods but
there's no direct relation.  From what I've seem, private and public
forest managers react to a soft market in opposite ways. Politics aside,
public managers put up sales which don't sell, reducing the overall
cutting rate.  Private ones put up more sales, maintaining cash flow by
increasing the low priced volume.  And they'll hunt down outside sources
of timber (hey, look - fire prevention sales!) rather than log theirs.

This is normal behavior.

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