Lumber tariffs in opposition to new commercial stick frame buildings
Maybe a bit controversial and political this week as I dip into politics and (gasp) the environment. But hey you guys sent me these articles so I only have my great audience to blame for this episode. Honestly I love this aspect of the lumber industry and how global it all is. The butterfly effect is in full...well...effect when your raw materials come from all over the planet and at the same time are a MAJOR factor in the health of the environment. So as the governments sabre rattle and impose lumber tariffs on each other, the sawmills get crushed and lose major business thereby reducing the amount of material available for sale.
Meanwhile, lumber is recognized as a highly sustainable and renewable resource so its usage in construction climbs. Not a good prospect when you consider the drop in near inventory due to closure of sawmills all over the globe due to reduction in business over lumber tariffs. Here's hoping this won't dampen the increased usage of this wonderful green material. And here's hoping we continue to plant and manage those forests to produce all the material we will need as construction turns its sites onto more stick frame construction for things outside of residential.