Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service
  
Treesearch

Research & Development Treesearch

 
Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Northern
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern
Help
 

GeoTreesearch


Science.gov - We Participate


USA.gov  Government Made Easy


Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.
20090-6090

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

(270 KB bytes)

Title: Hardwood chip market--was 2006 a "normal" year?

Author: Ince, Peter J.

Date: 2007

Source: Hardwood market report. (2007): pages 99-102.

Publication Series: Not categorized

Description: In the context of other recent years, 2006 turned out to be a relatively "normal" year for the U.S. hardwood chip market in terms of factors that influence supply and demand; such as prevailing weather conditions, energy price trends, and pulp and paper production. Gulf Coast hurricanes and rising energy prices drove hardwood chip and pulpwood markets in 2005, but weather was not a driving factor in 2006, and energy prices were subsiding by the second half of the year. With few local exceptions, rainfall across the South was below normal through the summer and fall (according to region-wide precipitation data from NOAA), yielding fairly normal weather conditions for timber harvesting. The U.S. pulp and paper industry experienced modest growth in 2006, with total paper and paperboard output climbing by about 1 percent since last year as of October, according to the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA). The historic downturn in U.S. pulpwood receipts (16 percent decline from the 1994 peak to 2002) appears to have abated in recent years. From 2002 to 2005, U.S. pulpwood receipts (the quantity of wood received at wood pulp mills) climbed by about 3 percent, with varied gains from year to year and an average gain of about 1 percent per year, according to the Forest Resources Association. Pulp and paper commodity prices were relatively robust in 2006, with hardwood market pulp prices continuing to climb upward from their recent historic lows of 2002, according to Pulp & Paper Week. In general, hardwood chip and pulpwood market conditions in 2006 appeared more "normal" than in other recent years, and thus 2006 provided a rare opportunity to observe what happens to hardwood chip and pulpwood markets under relatively "normal" market conditions.

Keywords: Wood chips, economic aspects, marketing, supply, demand, hardwoods, economic aspects, United States, pulpwood, pulping, chips

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.

XML: View XML

Citation:


Ince, Peter J. 2007. Hardwood chip market--was 2006 a "normal" year?. Hardwood market report. (2007): pages 99-102.

 


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.