In response to an earlier post, comparing hemlock price changes with corresponding forest products, one reader asked: “What’s the deal with Douglas-fir?”

We thought it would be interesting to consider what kinds of log prices can actually be obtained selling logs at local BC prices, or at the international market rate.

This article features the best available real prices during the first quarter of 2014.

We believe trees deserve respect, and that wood is valuable and that the risks and challenges faced by tree growers during decades of care and nurturing should be rewarded. Bottom line, the message here is that current BC log export policy significantly suppresses the log prices available to tree growers and unnecessarily complicates the business of growing and harvesting trees. Our job is to illustrate how bad policy negatively impacts the stewardship of private forest lands and subsidizes mills, and we hope to raise awareness and stimulate some further discussion.

Each photo below is an image of a particular Douglas-fir log sort. We pinned information to the logs to identify the species, what kind of log it is and what kind of forest product (end use) it will potentially become. We also included domestic and international prices, to illustrate the point that every log sold domestically below the international price is a direct transfer of value from the tree grower to the buyer, and hence a direct subsidy to BC mills.

Douglas-fir log

 

Douglas-fir log

 

Douglas-fir log