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    Author(s): James L. HowardRebecca WestbyKenneth E. Skog
    Date: 2010
    Source: Research Note FPL-RN-0316. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2010. 14 p.
    Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    Trend data through 2006 are provided on the value and volume of wood and wood products production for the United States to aid in assessing sustainability of socioeconomic benefits of forests. The volume of roundwood used to make products, the weight produced, and the value of U.S. shipments have been stable to declining in recent years. But there have been increases in the weight of oriented strandboard production and the value of furniture production. U.S. demand for products is likely to continue to increase with increasing population and Gross Domestic Product (GDP). If the cost of providing wood products from the United States is high relative to other countries or alternative materials, this would limit increase in the level of U.S. harvest and the value that contributes to forest management, employment, and wages. Volume of roundwood harvest has increased in the South but declined in other regions although value of shipments for wood and paper products (excluding furniture) has declined in all regions. If value of shipments continues to decline, this would decrease revenues to forest landowners and employees. Maintaining revenues from forests would require increased revenues from other sources including recreation, environmental services, or new products such as biomass for energy.

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    Howard, James L.; Westby, Rebecca; Skog, Kenneth E. 2010. Criterion 6, indicator 25 : value and volume of wood and wood products production, including primary and secondary processing. Research Note FPL-RN-0316. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2010. 14 p.


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    Wood quality, United States, statistics, lumber trade, forest products industries, merchantable volume, economic evaluation, market surveys, wood products, supply balance, sustainability, indicators, timber trade, production, consumption, primary processing, secondary processing

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