Lumber Shipments on a 10-Year High
Reported shipments for the year 2016 from NELMA’s Northeastern Dimension and Eastern White Pine lumber mills have reached a new 10-year high as a total of 947.4 million board feet reached the marketplace last year. This included 513.8 million board feet of dimension lumber, primarily Spruce-Pine-Fir species, and 433.6 million board feet of Eastern White Pine. Both totals increased from previous highs set in 2015 by 4.0% and 3.1% respectively.
The overall total was 3.6% above 2015’s NELMA’s Northeastern high mark and slightly outpaced the total U.S. softwood lumber output increase of 3.4% from the previous year. Modest improvements within the housing market and overall economy likely attributed to the increase.
Graphics are provided below that detail lumber production in the Northeast since 2007.