West coast's log, lumber exports increase in first quarter of 2010

June 04, 2010

A total of 208.5 million board feet of softwood logs and 119.5 million board feet of softwood lumber was exported from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska in January, February, and March of this year, according to the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station.

"The volume of softwood log exports was up 43.8 percent from 145.0 million board feet in the first quarter of 2009, while the volume of softwood lumber exports was up 75.7 percent from 68.0 million board feet," said Debra Warren, an economist with the station.

Warren compiled the statistics from the U.S. International Trade Commission and annually authors Production, Prices, Employment, and Trade in Northwest Forest Industries, a publication that provides current information on the region's lumber and plywood production and prices and employment in the forest industries. The first quarter report will be published soon and available online at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/publications/index.shtml.

Other highlights of this year's first quarter:

Softwood Logs

Softwood Lumber

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The PNW Research Station is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. It has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington and about 425 employees.

USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station

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