Construction in China is building demand for wood from the Northwest. Right now, it means sending raw logs to be milled into lumber. But some think China may eventually want dimensional lumber - which would mean mill jobs in the U.S.
China’s new demand for logs may be blunting economic troubles for timberland owners and logging crews, while making things worse for Northwest sawmills.
The Port of Newport on the Oregon coast is hoping to develop a new log export terminal. That’s led to a conflict with the Port’s new neighbors.
China’s economic slowdown is cutting down the number of logs exported from Pacific Northwest forests. A new report from the U.S. Forest Service says 25 percent fewer logs were exported from Oregon, Washington, Northern California and Alaska during the first half of this year.