Lumber Demand Heading for Record in 2005
The rising tide of housing construction will push lumber
demand to a new high mark this year, then ebb modestly in
2006, according to a forecast released by Western Wood
Products Association (WWPA).
WWPA estimates lumber demand will climb to 63.6 billion
board feet in 2005, an increase of 3 percent from last
year's record of 61.8 billion board feet. It will be the fourth
consecutive all-time high for lumber demand.
Housing has been the force behind the record demand —
two million homes forecast to be constructed this year using
more than 27 billion board feet of lumber. Repair and remodeling
will also top 20 billion board feet for the first time.
Slower home construction in 2006 will reduce demand
by 2 percent to 62.4 billion board feet, according to WWPA's
forecast. While lower, the consumption volume will be the
second highest on record.
Pacific Logging Congress 2006 “Live In The Woods” Show
Technological advances that improve performance, efficiency
and environmental protection in the logging industry
will highlight the 2006 Pacific Logging Congress “Live In
The Woods” show.
Preparations are underway for the September 20-23, 2006
show that will take place on Longview Fibre’s 86,000-acre
Nehalem Tree Farm. The show, which features live demonstrations
of the latest logging and on-the-ground forestry technologies, is expected to draw thousands of loggers, foresters,
school students and interested citizens from coastal and intermountain
regions as well as British Columbia and Alberta.
“We’ll have several mechanical systems running, a helicopter
standing stem demonstration by Erickson Air Crane,
hand-felling demonstrations and, hopefully, a good-sized
tower,” says PLC President Ed Hanscom. “Our objective is to
feature every equipment type in use in coastal and interior
forests, including chipping and grinding systems used by the
region’s increasingly important biomass-to- energy industry.”
The 33rd Wood Technology Clinic & Show
The Wood Technology Clinic & Show is returning to
Portland, Ore., March 22-24, 2006. The event is focused
exclusively on products, services, and technology for the
primary wood processing industry. This year there will be
over 350 exhibitors and 80,000 square feet of exhibit space at
the Oregon Convention Center. For more information log
on to www.woodwideweb.com.
Montana Logging Association 30 Years Old
The Montana Logging Association (MLA) was incorporated
in 1976. Today the non-profit organization, which provides
a united voice for family-owned businesses, has over
This year marks its 30th anniversary and events are in
the planning stages. Keep checking the calendar at
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