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Lumber Production and Marketing Changes by Sawmills in Massachusetts, 1957-1989

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Studies of Massachusetts sawmill lumber production and marketing practices for the years 1957 and 1989 indicate there are fewer mills currently but that volume production has remained nearly constant at 112 mmbf. Hardwoods have become a larger proportion of production (47 vs. 32%) during the 32-year period Market outlets have changed, thereby modifying the extent of lumber seasoning and grading for both hardwood and softwood lumber marketed by sawmills. Markets for byproducts of sawmills have developed during the period, increasing revenues and solving the residue disposal problem. The Massachusetts sawmill industry has the potential to become larger based on growth of timber in the state, but social, environmental, and institutional constraints are likely to preclude this from occurring. North. J. Appl. For. 9(2):67-69.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, PO Box 484, Amherst, MA 01004

Publication date: 1992-06-01

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