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    Author(s): James L. Howard; Kwameka C. Jones
    Date: 2016
    Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Research Paper FPL-RP-679. 100 p.
    Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    This report presents annual data but is published every 2 years. The data present current and historical information on production, trade, consumption, and prices of timber products in the United States. The report focuses on national statistics but includes some data for individual states and regions and for Canada. The data were collected from industry trade associations and government agencies. They are intended for use by forest land managers, forest industries, trade associations, forestry schools, renewable resource organizations, individuals in the major timber producing and consuming countries of the world, and the general public. A major use of the data is tracking industry production and consumption trends over time. One of the major shifts that occurred in the wood-using industry from 2004 to 2013 is that both production and consumption of roundwood per capita decreased. Consumption of products per capita has also undergone a gradual decrease from 2004 to 2013. Because of increased paper recycling and increased processing efficiency, consumption per capita in roundwood equivalent has decreased since about 1986 from 83 ft3 to 44 ft3 per capita in 2013. However, over the most recent time period, the decline in production per capita is due to the U.S. economic weakness that severely impacted wood markets. In the 1960s and 1970s, consumption averaged 65 ft3 per capita before increasing to and peaking at 83 ft3 per capita in 1986. Since 2004, consumption per capita has continued to steadily decrease and reached 40 ft3 in 2009 before increasing to 44 ft3 in 2013. Per capita consumption in 2013 increased to 44 ft3 the fourth consecutive year of increases. Since 1999 paper consumption fell from 57 thousand tons to 36.7 thousand tons in 2013. Since 1999, newsprint capacity declined from 7.4 million tons to 3.3 million tons and printing and writing paper fell from 29.3 million tons of capacity to 19.7 million tons of capacity. Another shift occurring over the past several years is increased emphasis on wood energy use, which has shown wide fluctuations over the past decade and into 2013.

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    Howard, James L.; Jones, Kwameka C. 2016. U.S. Timber production, trade, consumption, and price statistics, 1965-2013. Research Paper, FPL-RP-679. Madison, WI. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 100 p.


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