Northwest Illinois Forestry AssociationWoodland owners sharing ideas on forest productivity


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  • 17 Oct 2014 11:48 AM | Richard Pouzar (Administrator)

    I recently came upon some numbers showing hardwood exports by species and country.  They surprised me.  For one, I hadn't expected Vietnam and Canada to be the primary consumers of our lumber and logs.  Evidently, much furniture manufacturing has moved from China to Vietnam due to lower labor costs.  Secondly, I didn't realize that red oak was in demand by the export market.  If I can find some numbers that show domestic consumption to put these in context, I'll post them later.

    The darker board represents lumber volume; the lighter board represents log count.  I'm not sure the numbers can be compared, but wanted to show relative size of the exports.

  • 16 Oct 2014 7:37 PM | Richard Pouzar (Administrator)

    Penn State University does a great job of producing webinars on woodland management.  This one should help in assessing the value of your timber.

    Making the Grade is a presentation which shows the relationship between lumber grades, log grades and tree grades with respect to estimating the quality and quantity of lumber which one may expect to recover from the board, log, or tree, respectively. The presentation covers basic information and does not require an in depth understanding of Forestry or Wood Products Manufacturing to understand the subject material. It is intended for small woodlot owners, farm woodlot owners, portable sawmill owners, public and municipal forest land managers, hunting camp wood land owners and other interested parties to help them better understand the Forest resource they own and/or work with.

    This recorded webinar can be accessed HERE.

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