We have written extensively about the challenges associated with procuring wood from an increasingly fractured supply base, an issue that Fred Souba addressed just last month in his Lake States industry analysis. However, this trend is not unique to a single region; one question I often hear when speaking to landowners is, “How much is the logger or dealer getting for my timber at the mill?”
It’s a good question, but not one I can answer directly. Just as timberland owners must subscribe to Forest2Market’s Timber Owner Market Guide or our Online Service to get stumpage prices, those who receive our Delivered Price Benchmark must subscribe and contribute data in order to access delivered prices.
What I can say is that if there is a difference between the price a dealer or logger offers a timberland owner and the price listed in the stumpage price database or in the Timber Owner Market Guide, there should be a logical explanation for the variance.