Family forest owners in Oregon are required by law to replant their forestlands within two years of a wildfire. Like the wildfires which burned through a large portion of Oregon’s forests this past Labor Day, which included the loss of an estimated 63,000 acres of family forests. The dilemma for the smaller and private forest owners is that seedlings are extremely hard to find.
According to the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the value of Brazilian exports of wood-based products (except pulp and paper) in February 2021 amounted to $282.0 million (USD), an increase of 30.5% when compared to February 2020, when they were valued at $216.1 million USD.
Red Stag Timber, an independent and privately owned timber company based in Rotorua, New Zealand, has announced it is weeks away from opening a new $50 million (A$) wood processing plant in Rotorua. The plant will produce cross laminated timber (CLT).
Redfin, the Seattle-based, technology powered real estate brokerage is reporting that for the 4-week period ending on March 28, 2021, the median home-sale price has increased, year-over-year (y-o-y) 17% to $335,613, setting another new all-time record high.
Further analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Construction Spending data provided by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveals that total private residential construction spending dropped -0.2% in February 2021 to a seasonally adjust annual rate (SAAR) of $718 billion, down slightly from January’s record high level.
The former Georgia-Pacific particleboard plant just outside of Gaylord, Michigan is coming back to life after being dormant since its closure in 2006. The 850-acre site was purchased in January 2020 by Michigan Lumber and Wood Fiber Inc. of Comins Michigan.
A closer look at the construction sector portion of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) March’s nonfarm payroll report, of Friday (4-2-21) with additional analysis provided by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), reveals that the construction sector added 110,000 jobs in March. This following job losses in February (-56,000) that were likely weather-related.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Friday (4-2-21) reported that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 916,000 in March — down by 8.4 million, or -5.5%, from its pre-pandemic peak in February 2020.
According to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) CREF Loan Performance Survey, delinquency rates for mortgages backed by commercial and multifamily properties decreased for the third straight month in March, reaching their lowest levels since April 2020 and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NorSask Forest Products Ltd has provided an update on the cleanup efforts that are currently underway at their Meadow Lake sawmill after a fire that broke out on Saturday, March 27, 2021 destroyed two dry kilns.