Forest2Market Monthly News

January Poll

Globally, what industry segment is poised for the most growth in 2020?

Lumber & Panels
Pulp & Paper
CLT & Mass Timber Products
Bioenergy/Biobased Products
Results From December's Poll

How will current economic, trade and political conditions impact forest industry investment in 2020?

10 Predictions for Global Forest Industries in 2020

By Pete Stewart
Hopes of a US-China trade deal might breathe new life into pulp prices, or they might fall flat as continued uncertainty takes a toll. Global GDP growth in 2020 is expected to be in the 2% range so short of some unexpected good news, supply will still outpace demand.

Forest2Market Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

By Forest2Market
2020 marks the end of a decade that has provided us with some extreme financial and geopolitical peaks and valleys. 2020 is also a milestone year for Forest2Market, as it officially marks the 20 th anniversary since our President and CEO Pete Stewart founded the company in January 2000.

Stumpage Sales Slump: Will History Repeat Itself?

By Mike Powell
As any professional forester will attest, we quickly learn the truth of an old business adage while working in the field: “The only constant is change.” When working in an industry that is not only impacted by macroeconomic factors (oil prices, GDP, housing starts, etc.), we are also forced to adapt to whatever circumstances Mother Nature throws our way. As we have seen throughout 2019, the weather can wreak havoc on short-term performance in localized markets.

University of Arkansas Unveils America's Largest Mass Timber Building

By John Greene
A new mixed-use residence hall and innovative student center at the University of Arkansas has officially become America’s largest mass timber building. The new 202,027-square-foot structure is called Adohi Hall (named for the Cherokee word for “woods”) and is comprised of a series of connected buildings crafted from cross-laminated timber (CLT).

Millennials at Work Part I: The Leadership Vacuum

By John Greene
Generational differences are not new in human history. Significant societal changes – political, economic or otherwise – often bring generational preferences into tension, which are now amplified by the thousands of mass and social media outlets all scrambling for a few seconds of your time. If you feel like you are a target of incitement rather than a consumer of news these days, you are not alone.

Millennials at Work Part II: Strategies for the Future

By John Greene
In the first installment of this series, I presented some sobering information about how members of the millennial generation view leadership traits and how their priorities are changing the dynamic of the American workplace. Most notably, while earning potential is important, the almighty dollar is no longer the sole driver of millennial career decision making, which represents a significant departure from almost every other generation of Americans that have come before them.

How Misinformation Produces Flawed Climate and Carbon Policies

By Nick Smith
Those of us in the forest sector already know wood is the most sustainable building material available. We all understand the importance of marketing wood products to environmentally-conscious consumers. But this doesn’t mean we’re immune to the turbulent politics of carbon policy. You can’t afford not to participate in the climate debate. Fortunately, we have a positive story to tell.

How Large Will Brazil’s Planted Forests be by 2030?

By Marcelo Schmid
The characteristics that make the Brazilian forest sector unique in the world are many. Chief among them are the high growth potential to attract new investment, a vibrant forest-based industry and fast-growth rates of popular tree species.

November Housing Starts Jump for Second Month in a Row

By John Greene
The housing market is (slowly) gaining momentum, which is largely being driven by robust economic data in combination with the series of Federal Reserve interest rates cuts (three this year). Mortgage rates are now way down from this time last year, and homebuilders are optimistic about their prospects in 2020.

US Forest Industry Performance: November 2019

By Joe Clark
Total industrial production (IP) fell 0.8 percent in October (-1.1 percent YoY), compounding September’s 0.3 percent decline. Manufacturing output decreased 0.6 percent in October, thanks largely to the strike at General Motors that chopped the output of motor vehicles and parts by 7.1 percent.