Timber Sales Rise Despite Drop in Harvests

December 14, 2010

Forest landowners in Virginia are harvesting fewer pine and hardwoods but they're getting better prices for their timber.

The Virginia Department of Forestry said Monday that timber sales topped $208 million in 2009, an increase of $1.4 million from the previous year. The increase came despite declines in pine and hardwood harvests.

Charles Becker with the Department of Forestry says pine harvests fell by 17 percent to 406 million board feet in 2009. Hardwood harvests dropped by 19.5 percent to 529 million board feet.

Becker says it's the lowest volume since 1975.

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