Content about Mountain pine beetle

August 31, 2011

The damage done by the mountain pine beetle to the forests in British Columbia has received much attention, given the billions of dollars already lost to this pernicious pest. But Dendroctonus ponderosae knows no borders, and now the western United States is grappling with the same epidemic. The pine beetle has spread to Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Colorado. 


August 10, 2011

A number of sawmills under contract with the U.S. Forest Service -- but no longer in need of timber because of the housing slowdown -- caught a break last week when the federal government allowed them to cancel their contracts. But the deal struck with the Forest Service, according to an article in the Denver Post, will also help clear out some of the acres of dead and dying lodgepole pine trees. 

October 31, 2010

Having lumber orders to fill and not enough inventory on the ground may sound like...

Having lumber orders to fill and not enough inventory on the ground may sound like a dream to LBM dealers right now. But that day may arrive sometime in 2015, according to a forecast by Henry Spelter, an economist with Forest Economic Advisors. Reduced capacity, increased demand from China, the pine beetle infestation in Western Canada and other factors will combine to raise the prices of softwood lumber as supplies tighten.