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Western and Southern Lumber and Plywood Capacity--Approaching Stability?

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A lumber and plywood capacity simulation model is derived from U.S. Forest Service data. Western and southern lumber and plywood capacity changes are responsive to gross profit margins specific to the individual product and region. Southern lumber production is forecast to increase in both absolute and relative terms through the 1980s while western production falls to some 20 percent of total U.S. demand (from 23 percent in 1976). Western plywood production capacity is forecast to continue its decline through the 1980s while southern capacity increases. Southern stumpage prices could double from 1978 levels in constant dollar terms, and the demand for saw-timber-sized stumpage in the South may be one-third to two-thirds higher by 1990.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Director of Raw Material and Supply, Champion Timberlands, Champion International Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut and Adjunct Professor of Forestry, Mississippi State University

Publication date: 1981-08-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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