SummaryMarket shifts in recent decades have created both hardships and new opportunities for timber producers and marketers for wood fiber residuals in the American South and the Pacific Northwest. A report commissioned by RFF, the US Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Inc., and the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) identifies those economic interests likely to prosper, and those likely to continue their severe declines, driven by market forces.
- The structural decline for hardwood fibers continues, driven by a continued decrease in demand for printing and writing papers and other end products.
- There is a buoyant demand for softwood fiber driven by strong pulp markets and bioenergy in the form of pellets.
- Renewed softwood lumber demand and capacity in the South present challenges for landowners.
- Fiber constraints in the Pacific Northwest have hindered growth, resulting in stagnant but stable and profitable markets.