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Lumber Supplies Influenced By Pandemic Mill Staffing, Pest Pressures

It’s no secret that prices at the lumberyard are significantly higher than a year ago, and actions during the pandemic have impacted supply levels.  However, University of Missouri Extension forestry specialist Hank Stelzer says loggers weren’t expecting the surge of home improvement projects that ensued following millions of people staying at home for months on end.

Stelzer says increased prices are expected to remain for at least the next year.  However, he notes the prospect of increased supply from Europe, as loggers there attempt to get ahead of pests.

MU Extension forestry specialist Hank Stelzer says disease pressure in the Pacific Northwest, along with decreased domestic supply and a lucrative export market, are also contributing to the rise in prices.

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