Daniel B. Wheeler dwheeler at
Fri Jan 18 02:04:00 EST 2002

larryc at (Larry Caldwell) wrote in message news:<40b3a9f.0201170920.2bdc7470 at>...
> Joseph Zorzin <redoak at> wrote in message news:<3C34582D.5C182F7E at>...
> > The US timber business has had it easy in past times, and was
> > clearly a sort of welfare recipient, having ripped off forests
> > owners from coast to coast to coast, including many below cost
> > timber sales on public land. Now that they are finding that they
> > have to pay a fair price (some of the time)- they can't compete with
> > the Canadian mills, who are still cutting big timber- the American
> > mills having wasted most of the US big timber from coast to coast
> > and having done little in the way of promoting timber management-
> > having always had the "cut out and get out" mentality.
> I don't understand where the USA is getting its logs.  You may be
> surprised, but almost no timber has been cut on public land for a
> decade.  In Oregon, only 69 million board feet were sold by the USFS
> last year, and due to lawsuits only 1,600,000 board feet were actually
> cut.  This is off of 2.6 million acres of national forest land.  Less
> than a board foot per acre per year.
> In Montana, the salvage of the burned timber from the big fires has
> been mired in lawsuits.  25 million board feet of timber will rot
> before it can be harvested.
> Industrial forest land is being managed balls-to-the-wall for timber
> production to meet demand.  Further increase in private timber cutting
> is not possible.
> We desperately need Canadian logs.

Maybe you do Larry. But there are lot of private timberland holders in
Oregon who would like to see the log prices raise a little more before

Daniel B. Wheeler

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