White nose syndrome is killing our bats. The bats use forested areas in the summer months. So of the species are listed as endangered species we talking about potential limits to logging activity from April to November.
3rd Quarter TMR is up and can be accessed by clicking the above link.
Dr. Jacobson's comments:
Not much change since last quarter but if since housing starts and renovations are on the
rise we should start to see the market pick up. I am hearing that sales are competitive reflecting
mills wanting to start stocking up for increasing demand.
With the long growing cycle of Pennsylvania's forests, many landowners work to make improvements, the benefit of which they will never see. Yet, forest stewardship must involve consideration for those who will come after
Pennsylvania's forests are under threat from myriad invasive insects, diseases, and competitive plants. With changing climate, what new threats will come? Good forest stewardship considers caring for resources for future generations as well as the present. How do we mitigate those threats for Pennsylvania's forestlands?
No significant changes this quarter. Prices for the most part are remaining stable. There seems to be a slight increase in prices for higher grade material. However there is no discernible pattern as the economy struggles to recover.
USDA Forest Service scientists recently released an assessment that shows forest land has expanded in northern states during the past century despite a 130-percent population jump and relentless environmental threats.
This is the first quarter in while where on average most individual species prices have nudged upward since the previous quarter. The increase is minimal but it does suggest some stability in the markets as the trend is positive. Factors for this up tick include rebuilding low inventories, higher bids on public lands, and stronger export markets. Higher grade lumber is still relatively weak compared to other products.