Industry News

  • Call for employee input: five national priorities
    Last October, I announced five national priorities for the Forest Service. Now I need your continued help in following through on those five priorities. How should they guide the work we do? Where should our focus be? How do we recognize and measure success? Our five national priorities emerged  ... read more
    Source: “Forestry industry” OR “Softwood lumber” OR “Forest Service” OR “Forest Restoration” OR “Sawmill” OR “Lumber Production” OR “Lumber Prices” OR “Lumber Mill”Published on 2018-02-16
  • Housing Starts Jumped 9.7% in January, Production Forecast to Increase in 2018
    Housing starts in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.326 million, up 9.7% compared with 1.209 million in December and up from 1.236 million in January 2017, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ... read more
    Source: “Log Exports” OR “Lumber Futures” OR “Lumber Exports” OR “Random Lengths” OR “Lumber Composite Price” OR “idaho forest group” OR “Housing Starts”Published on 2018-02-16
  • Forest Service offices closed for President’s Day
    The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest offices will closed this Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of President's Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 20. If you need to get a firewood permit or forest map on Monday, you can purchase them at the following locations: Augusta: Allen's Manix Store,  ... read more
    Source: “Forestry industry” OR “Softwood lumber” OR “Forest Service” OR “Forest Restoration” OR “Sawmill” OR “Lumber Production” OR “Lumber Prices” OR “Lumber Mill”Published on 2018-02-16
  • January Housing Starts
    Housing Starts Monthly Jan-18 Dec-17 Nov-17. 3-mth. 6-mth. Yr to Yr. SAAR, thousands. % Ch. Level Level Level moving avg moving avg % Change. Housing Starts. 9.7%. 1326 1209 1299. 1278. 1238. 7.3%. Northeast. 45.5%. 128. 88. 93. 103. 111. 2.4%. Midwest. -10.2%. 150. 167. 179. 165. 176. ... read more
    Source: “Log Exports” OR “Lumber Futures” OR “Lumber Exports” OR “Random Lengths” OR “Lumber Composite Price” OR “idaho forest group” OR “Housing Starts”Published on 2018-02-16
  • Something’s Gotta Give: Homebuilding Rebound Comes Just as Rates Start to Pop
    Housing starts soared 9.7% to 1.33 million, well ahead of expectations for 1.23 million and last month's count of 1.19 million, according to the Commerce Department. It was the best reading since October 2016. That's still below the average historical rate of 1.5 million new housing starts per year, but ... read more
    Source: “Log Exports” OR “Lumber Futures” OR “Lumber Exports” OR “Random Lengths” OR “Lumber Composite Price” OR “idaho forest group” OR “Housing Starts”Published on 2018-02-16
  • Housing starts make solid 10% gain over December
    Privately-owned housing starts made solid gains in January with 9.7 percent growth month-over-month, and 7.3 percent growth year-over-year, to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1,326,000. Single-family housing starts edged up slightly to a rate of 877,000, a 3.7 percent month-over-month increase from  ... read more
    Source: “Log Exports” OR “Lumber Futures” OR “Lumber Exports” OR “Random Lengths” OR “Lumber Composite Price” OR “idaho forest group” OR “Housing Starts”Published on 2018-02-16
  • Taney County fire grew to 1900 acres, mostly contained now
    A wildifire in southern Taney County that grew to cover 1,900 acres has been 90 percent contained, according to a U.S. Forest Service spokesman. The blaze, whipped by high winds Thursday, burned through the night, but fire crews have a containment line all the way around it and are doing ... read more
    Source: “Forestry industry” OR “Softwood lumber” OR “Forest Service” OR “Forest Restoration” OR “Sawmill” OR “Lumber Production” OR “Lumber Prices” OR “Lumber Mill”Published on 2018-02-16
  • Despite Rising Inflation, Investors Don’t Appear to Be That Concerned
    The rebound, though, in housing starts and permits in January was good to see. Both permit requests and housing starts were the highest in over nine years. Much of the gain, though, came from big jumps in the multi-family segment, which is always volatile. Regionally, construction fell in the Midwest  ... read more
    Source: “Log Exports” OR “Lumber Futures” OR “Lumber Exports” OR “Random Lengths” OR “Lumber Composite Price” OR “idaho forest group” OR “Housing Starts”Published on 2018-02-16
  • SUNY ESF professor researches benefits of planting more trees in cities
    Endreny and his students used a suite of tools developed by David Nowak, a senior scientist and project leader for the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station at SUNY ESF. The iTree application developed by Nowak over the last 20 years allows users to see, on a street-by-street level, how ... read more
    Source: “Forestry industry” OR “Softwood lumber” OR “Forest Service” OR “Forest Restoration” OR “Sawmill” OR “Lumber Production” OR “Lumber Prices” OR “Lumber Mill”Published on 2018-02-16
  • Meet Lauren Marshall
    In the fourth grade, Lauren Marshall waded into the icy waters of Chesapeake Bay to fish out trash and take water samples. She remembers thinking, “I wonder if I could do this as a job?” As she grew older, she realized that one cannot protect ecosystems and all the benefits ... read more
    Source: “Forestry industry” OR “Softwood lumber” OR “Forest Service” OR “Forest Restoration” OR “Sawmill” OR “Lumber Production” OR “Lumber Prices” OR “Lumber Mill”Published on 2018-02-16
  • fires mean less funds for local Forest Service projects
    Ever been out on your local national forest or grassland and wondered why a trail or road was washed out, with no sign of repair? Or why a popular U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service project was postponed? Maybe you love to camp and fish, but the Forest Service can't ... read more
    Source: “Forestry industry” OR “Softwood lumber” OR “Forest Service” OR “Forest Restoration” OR “Sawmill” OR “Lumber Production” OR “Lumber Prices” OR “Lumber Mill”Published on 2018-02-16
  • New home construction sets strong pace for 2018
    Privately owned housing starts came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.33 million in January, according to the latest release from the U.S. Census Bureau. This is up 9.7% from the revised December estimate of 1.21 million, and up 7.3% from last year's 1.24 million. And while most ... read more
    Source: “Log Exports” OR “Lumber Futures” OR “Lumber Exports” OR “Random Lengths” OR “Lumber Composite Price” OR “idaho forest group” OR “Housing Starts”Published on 2018-02-16
  • Stone Mountain stewardship
    The prescribed burn was a collaborative effort of Stone Mountain staff, the forest service, Young Offenders Forest Conservation Program (BRIDGE) and staff from various state parks in the mountain region to help prevent wildfires like those fought at Chimney Rock and South Mountains state parks in the  ... read more
    Source: “Forestry industry” OR “Softwood lumber” OR “Forest Service” OR “Forest Restoration” OR “Sawmill” OR “Lumber Production” OR “Lumber Prices” OR “Lumber Mill”Published on 2018-02-16
  • Thousands applying for Enchantments overnight permits
    Overnight camping in the Enchantments requires a permit and the demand has grown exponentially in recent years. Over the last six years, applications have risen 647 percent, from 2,802 in 2011 to 20,920 last year, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Forest Service officials don't have any concrete  ... read more
    Source: “Forestry industry” OR “Softwood lumber” OR “Forest Service” OR “Forest Restoration” OR “Sawmill” OR “Lumber Production” OR “Lumber Prices” OR “Lumber Mill”Published on 2018-02-16
  • Wildfire mostly contained
    The Rozell Fire was at 90 percent containment as of last night, according to U.S. Forest Service Public Affairs Officer Cody Norris. A helicopter crew will fly over the areas of Ava, Cassville, Willow Springs Ranger District of the Mark Twain National Forest and private land to estimate how many ... read more
    Source: “Forestry industry” OR “Softwood lumber” OR “Forest Service” OR “Forest Restoration” OR “Sawmill” OR “Lumber Production” OR “Lumber Prices” OR “Lumber Mill”Published on 2018-02-16

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