After 10 years of declines, Washington State’s wood products industry increased its consumption of wood in 2010, using 5 percent more wood in 2010 than it did in 2008. Most of that wood–67 percent–went to lumber mills in the state. Also playing a role in the modest turnaround was the vigorous demand for raw logs from China, which pushed exports of Washington-sourced logs up 39 percent between 2008 and 2010.
In terms of revenue, the action was at pulp mills, which accounted for more than half–53 percent–of the $4.9 billion worth of wood-related products produced in Washington in 2010.
These nuggets (or should we say, chips? slivers?) are included in DNR’s recently published Washington Mill Survey. Released every two years, the Mill Survey is a comprehensive report on Washington’s wood products industry with latest edition showing activity in 2010. The report–the only one of its kind for Washington State–includes statistics and analyses for several sectors: lumber, veneer, plywood, pulp, shake-and-shingle, post-pole-piling, wood chips, and log exports.
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