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    Author(s): Susan J. Alexander; Daniel J. Parrent
    Date: 2012
    Source: Res. Note PNW-RN568, Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 18 p.
    Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    In spring and summer of 2010 and 2011, sawmill production capacity and wood utilization information was collected from major wood manufacturers in southeast Alaska. The estimated mill capacity in southeast Alaska for calendar year (CY) 2009 was 249,350 thousand board feet (mbf) (log scale), and for CY 2010 was 155,850 mbf (log scale), including idle sawmills. Mill consumption in CY 2009 was estimated at 13,422 mbf (log scale), and for CY 2010 was 15,807 mbf (log scale). Wood products manufacturing employment in southeast Alaska increased from 57.5 full-time equivalent positions in 2009 to 63.5 in 2010 despite the loss of 23,500 mbf of capacity in two sawmills owing to fires, the decommissioning of one large sawmill (65,000 mbf), and equipment sales at two small mills (5,000 mbf).

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    Alexander, Susan J.; Parrent, Daniel J. 2012. Estimating sawmill processing capacity for Tongass timber: 2009 and 2010 Update. Res. Note PNW-RN568, Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 18 p.

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    Alaska sawmills, mill capacity, timber usage

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