Oregon's forest products industry and timber harvest, 2003

Jason P. Brandt, Todd A. Morgan, Thale Dillon, Gary J. Lettman, Charles E. Keegan, David L. Azuma

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This report traces the flow of Oregon's 2003 timber harvest through the primary timber-processing industry and describes its structure, operations, and condition. Pulp and board, lumber, and plywood and veneer sectors accounted for 96 percent of total industry sales of $6.7 billion. Oregon's 2003 timber harvest of just over 4 billion board feet was 95 percent softwood species; 65 percent of the total was Douglas-fir. As a result of improved technology, lumber overrun increased 32 percent since 1988 to 2.07 board feet lumber tally per board foot Scribner of timber input. Despite decreases in amount of timber harvested, the industry has remained important to Oregon's workforce: average earnings for a worker in Oregon forest products industry was about $50,200; Oregon's average for all industries was $32,400.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-53
Number of pages53
JournalHandbook of Environmental Chemistry, Volume 5: Water Pollution
Issue number681
StatePublished - Aug 2006


  • Employment
  • Lumber overrun
  • Mill residue
  • Timber-processing capacity
  • Wood products


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