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.