Western US sawmills in June produced 1.260 bbf of softwood lumber, down 2.7% year-over-year and up 5.0% when compared with prior month: WWPA

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LOS ANGELES , August 10, 2022 () –

Western U.S. sawmills in June produced 1.260 billion board ft. (bbf) of softwood lumber, down 2.7% from June 2021, when output was 1.295 bbf, and up 5.0% compared with May’s 1.200 bbf, according to the latest figures from the Western Wood Products Assn. (WWPA) of Portland, Oregon.

Coastal mills contributed 800 million board ft. (mmbf) to the June total, down 0.5% from June 2021’s 804 mmbf and up 4.4% from May’s 766 mmbf, while Inland mills accounted for 405 mmbf in June, down 5.6% from June 2021’s 430 mmbf and up 6.3% from May’s 382 mmbf. 

California coast production in June was down 11.0% year-over-year and up 4.0% month-over-month to 55 mmbf. 

For the first six months of 2022, Western U.S. sawmills produced 7.322 bbf of lumber, down 4.9% year-over year. Coastal mill output was 4.667 bbf, down 2.3%; Inland output was 2.354 bbf, down 7.8% and California coast production was 300 mmbf, down 17.8% year-over-year.

Western U.S softwood lumber inventories in June, at 1.327 bbf, were up 10.9% compared with 1.196 bbf in June 2021.

Western lumber mills in June produced at 82% of practical capacity, down from 84% in June 2021 and unchanged from May. For the first six months of 2022, Western sawmills produced at 82% of practical capacity, down from 86% a year earlier.

The primary source of this article is the Western Wood Products Assn., Portland, Oregon, on Aug 5, 2022.

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