University of Idaho Report Predicts Idaho Forest Products Industry Conditions and Forecast

Friday, January 29 2010

Written by Sue McMurray

MOSCOW, Idaho – A new report from the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources examines the Idaho forest products industry’s operating conditions, sales, employment and production for 2009, and forecasts conditions for 2010.

The report, entitled “Idaho’s Forest Products Industry: Current Conditions and Forecast, 2010,” provides historic trend data and provides results from a survey of 65 of Idaho’s largest wood products manufacturers as well as smaller facilities.

“This report will benefit anyone with an interest in the Idaho forest products industry,” said Francis Wagner, coauthor and professor of forest products.

While the report summarizes negative economic impacts in Idaho’s forest products industry in 2009, it states national forecasts call for a modest increase in U.S. housing starts and consumption of wood and paper products.

The report was a collaborative effort among the Inland Northwest Forest Products Research Consortium, which includes the forest products program at the University of Idaho, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana-Missoula, and the Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory at Washington State University.

Other authors include Jaspon P. Brandt, assistant director, Todd A. Morgan, director, and Charles E. Keegan III, emeritus research professor of Forest Industry Research, Bureau of Business and Economic Management, University of Montana; and Francis G. Wagner, professor of forest Products, College of Natural Resources, and Steven R. Shook, associate professor of marketing, College of Business and Economics, University of Idaho.

“Idaho’s Forest Products Industry: Current Conditions and Forecast, 2010,” is free and may be ordered from Wagner, University of Idaho College of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 441132, Moscow, ID 83844-1132, (208) 885-6700.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit