Housing starts pick up — prices too

Aug 18, 2020
Lumber prices are surging, along with prices of Chinese-made components that go into building a home.
A construction worker roofing a New York residence in May. Housing starts were up more than 22% in July.
Al Bello/Getty Images

Timber tariff cuts different ways in Canada, U.S.

May 22, 2017
New timber tariffs could save mills in the U.S., but at the cost of jobs in Canada
A worker at Pine Profiles, Inc. in Creston, B.C., one of the many businesses affected by tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.
Nate Hegyi

Washington race puts a spotlight on state's future: coal or timber?

Nov 3, 2016
Candidates debate how to bring jobs back to a local port facility.
The future of the Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview, Wash. is the subject of debate between two legislative candidates this year.
Eilis O'Neil

Chinese demand wiping out forests of neighboring Burma

Feb 11, 2016
A town on China's border with Burma is at the crossroads of an illegal trade.
Workers in Pianma, China load logs from old growth forests in Burma onto trucks that will take the merchandise to Eastern China, where they'll be cut into furniture. Half a billion dollars' worth of timber have come across Burma's border into China.
Rob Schmitz/Marketplace

Calpers reportedly looking to sell off timberland

May 18, 2015
Timber has been underperforming other investment classes since the recession.

Pine Beetle timber boom could soon bust

Apr 23, 2015
The beetle has eaten almost all the host trees, leaving less dead wood to harvest.

Timber industry goes after green LEED certification

May 30, 2013
The timber industry is challenging the sustainable forestry certification of the LEED green-building program state by state.

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