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Top Forisk Blog Posts from 2020: Forest Finance, Largest Lumber Firms, Long-Term Forecasts and Logging Capacity

Visitor traffic on the Forisk Blog increased 24% in 2020 over 2019, for an eighth consecutive year of growth. Thank you! Here are top posts from 2020, along with a few popular posts by topic:

  1. Forest Finance: What Does a Negative or Zero NPV Say About My Potential Timberland Investment?
    1. Continuing to hold its spot number one, this brief post retains the top ranking since first hitting the web in January 2013. The core finance question drives traffic to this post, while the timberland angle comes along for the ride.
    2. Note: I cover this and related (forest) finance applications and topics in the upcoming “Applied Forest Finance” (virtual) workshop on March 4th, 2021.
  2. Pros and Cons of Using Net Present Value (NPV)
    1. Published in May 2020, this post summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of applying and interpreting NPV generally and for forestry investments.
  3. Who’s Who in Lumber: Top 10 U.S. Lumber Producers
    1. Posted in March 2017, this snapshot of U.S. softwood lumber capacity comes from Forisk’s database of North American forest industry capacity.
    2. Note: Amanda Lang posted an update to the rankings in August 2019 and will post another update in early 2021.
  4. Long Term Timber Price Forecasts When Climbing Out of an Economic Hole
    1. In mid 2020, we conducted research on applying long-term timber price forecasts to timberland valuation models. This post from July 2020 includes excerpts from this research.
  5. Localized Wood Demand and Logging Capacity: Perspective Matters
    1. This February 2020 post from Dr. Shawn Baker addresses trends in logging employment and how this varies locally relative to changes in mill activities over time.


Top 2020 Blog on Timberland Owners

North America’s Top Timberland Owners and Managers, 2020 Update by Brooks Mendell (May 2020).

Top 2020 Blog on Forest Supplies

Local Timber Supply Forecasts by Amanda Lang (August 2020).

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