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The forest products supply chain is a complex system of resources, organizations, activities, people, information, technology and market conditions—all of which must interact to move a product from a supplier to a customer. Efficient and well-managed supply chains are critical in the US South’s sawmill industry because log costs represent the single largest operating cost and, unlike the sawmill industry in other parts of North America, average log inventories at southern yellow pine (SYP) sawmills are very low.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 30th session of the North American Forestry Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision makers from the region.
One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.
As we recently noted in our detailed study of the wood residuals market, it’s nearly impossible to overstate the impacts—both immediate and long-term—that the Great Recession of 2008 had on the North American forest products industry. The effects in the US South, in particular, have created a market situation with both advantages and disadvantages for various stakeholders in the supply chain.
The spectacular rebound of North American construction framing dimension softwood lumber prices in early February continued as prices rose in response to transportation problems, mostly on Canadian railways. Severe weather hit many parts of Canada and the US, causing delays of shipments from softwood lumber suppliers. Customers, already low on inventory as they had been waiting for prices to come down, have been forced to buy specific items for immediate fill-in needs. Sawmills have responded by raising prices and going off-the-market on the most popular items because they didn’t want to quote too far into the future in the event that prices rise even higher.
Washington D.C. - We are pleased to announce that the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the American Forest Foundation (AFF) have formed a new partnership to grow the amount of certified family and other small holdings in North America. Through this partnership, SFI and AFF are working together on a Small Lands Group Certification Module (Module), an innovative way to grow certified family lands and small holdings by building on the foundation of SFI's Fiber Sourcing Standard, and drawing on the strengths of the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) forest management standard.
With approximately 20 new sawmills expected to be completed between 2017 and 2022 and production capacity increasing by more than 25 percent, the southern yellow pine (SYP) lumber industry is changing rapidly. This blog post, the second in our series about the North American lumber trade, offers a preview of the key technologies these new SYP sawmills will employ.