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New Hampshire forest-products industry lumbers on amid COVID, other challenges

By Meghan Foley
The Keene Sentinel
June 25, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the forest-products industry in New Hampshire was facing some challenges. For example, biomass plants, which use wood chips, sawdust and other timber debris to produce energy, were struggling to remain financially viable, and exports of United States lumber to China were being hit with tariffs. However, things were looking up for spring 2020, according to an article in the Timber Crier, a trade publication from the N.H. Timberland Owners Association. Pulp markets were strong, prices for some sawlog species were increasing, Chinese tariffs had been lifted on certain hardwood species, and some softwood markets were on the upswing. …it’s not doom and gloom for all sectors of the industry …people stuck at home have provided boosts in some areas, including the softwood timber market that feeds home-improvement projects. 

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