Timber shortages and higher prices are forecast in a new independent analysis on the Canadian mountain pine beetle epidemic.

The “BC Interior: Mountain pine beetle attack – impact and outlook on BC timber availability and wood products production” report is available from Wood Markets and addresses potential repercussions of the epidemic in the US and export markets.

The report, aimed at producers, traders, timberland owners and investors, combines traditional perspectives on annual allowable cut determination with critical analysis on the economics of timber utilization and market demand to predict the impact on the BC lumber industry and the potential of North American lumber shortages.

“The loss of BC production will rattle the traditional trade of SPF lumber and panels around the world, creating opportunities for various suppliers in and outside of North America,” it said.

For more details visit www.woodmarkets.com.