PORTLAND, Ore. April 24, 2008. A total of
879.9 million board feet of softwood logs was exported from Washington,
Oregon, northern California, and Alaska in 2007. The 2007 volume
was up 11.6 percent from the 2006 total of 788.4 million board
feet, according to Debra Warren, an economist at the Forest Service’s
Pacific Northwest Research Station.
“ Some 546.8 million board feet or 62.1 percent
of the west coast softwood log exports in 2007 went to Japan, 264.8
percent went to South Korea, 42.4 million board feet or 4.8 percent
went to China, and 7.2 million board feet or 0.8 percent was exported
to Taiwan,” says Warren.
Warren is the author of “Production, Prices, Employment,
and Trade in Northwest Forest Industries, All Quarters 2006” a
publication produced by the PNW Research Station. This publication
provides current information on lumber and plywood production and
prices; employment in the forest industries; and international
trade in logs, lumber, and plywood. It also provides volume and
average prices of stumpage sold by public agencies. Data were retrieved
from the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Other statistics included in the report are:
Log exports for 2007 from Washington and Oregon totaled 673.0
million board feet, up 26.0 percent from the 2006 volume of 534.3
million board feet.
A total of 457,000 board feet of logs was exported from northern
California, up from
75, 000 board feet in 2006.
Alaska exported a total of 206.5 million board feet in 2007 compared
with 254.1 in 2006.
Douglas-fir accounted for 53.7 percent of the 2007 log exports;
western hemlock, 13.6 percent; Sitka spruce (out of Alaska), 17.3
percent; and other softwoods made up the remaining 15.4 percent.
The total value of 2007 log shipments was $544.1 million at port
of exportation, and the average value was $618.40 per thousand
board feet. Douglas-fir averaged $780.17 per thousand board feet;
western hemlock, $521.92; and other softwoods, $460.77.
Read Warren’s publication online at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_rb255.pdf
The Pacific Northwest Research Station is headquartered in Portland,
Ore., and has about 500 employees based in 11 laboratories and
research centers located in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.