Creating Value from Wasted Trees
Timber sales across the world reflect loss allowances for thin stem trees and unsuitable species. Contractors are willing to lose 50% (and more) of the low value tree cost for access to higher value trees. Woodlot (and government) revenues are continuing in a downward trend as the availability of larger, more mature trees diminishes. The aggregate cost gets passed along to the mill. Profits decrease as timber size and quality decreases.
The industry is searching for new ways to develop products and markets to use the marginal trees. Government reports have encouraged the harvesting of thin stem trees but there is simply no margins in doing this.