September October, 2004





WWPA Reports Lumber Production at 11-Year
High Sawmills in Oregon and Washington led the West to an 11-year high in lumber production in 2003, according to Western Wood Products Association (WWPA). Western lumber production totaled 17.6 billion board feet last year, up 3.3 percent from 2002, and the best annual lumber output since 1992 at 18.4 billion board feet. Oregon and Washington led the increase, with lumber production expanding by almost 6 percent in each state for the year. Continuing its reign as the top lumber producing state in the nation, Oregon totaled 6.53 billion board feet. Sawmills in Washington produced an all-time record 4.9 billion board feet of lumber valued at $1.74 billion. California ended a three-year decline, with mills there increasing production nearly 1 percent to 2.65 billion board feet, at an estimated wholesale value of $1.02 billion. Together, the three states accounted for more than three-fourths of the region’s lumber production for the year. Record demand for lumber was spurred by a 25-year high in housing starts. The U.S. used 57 billion board feet of lumber in 2003, the third all-time annual consumption record in five years. Idaho lumber production was up 2.3 percent to 1.95 billion board feet at a wholesale value of $684 million. Sawmills in Montana produced 1.1 billion board feet in 2003.

Sierra-Cascade Logging Conf.
The Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference has been set for February 10 – 12, 2005, in Redding/Anderson, Calif. The theme will be "American Forests - American Dreams." For more information on the conference, call Bill Dennison at (530) 258-2058 or Dan Fisher at (530) 475-3453.

OLC Awards Scholarships
The Oregon Logging Conference recently awarded 15 scholarships totaling $9,000 to students majoring in forest-related fields, including civil engineering, biology, natural resources and forest management. "We are very proud of our 2004 scholarship recipients and their dedication to forestry education," says Robert Magathan, 2005 OLC president.

ACL 2005 Annual Meeting
The Associated California Loggers (ACL) will be holding their 2005 annual meeting at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Spark, Nev., January 11-13, 2005. There will be the traditional meeting kickoff at the President’s reception starting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 11. For more information call (916) 441-7940.

PLC Sets Convention Dates
The 95th PLC Convention will be held at the Fairmount Princess in Scottsdale, Ariz., November 3-5, 2004. Speak- ASSOCIATION NEWS ers will be discussing the latest issues facing our valuable renewable resource. The 96th PLC Convention will be held in Victoria, British Columbia at the Fairmount Empress, October 3-5, 2005 with a tentative woods tour planned on Oct. 6. The 97th PLC and the 5th Live in the Woods show will be September 21-23, 2006 at Longview Fibre’s Nehalem Tree Farm.


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