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AFA NEWSROOM V15N3, January 15, 2020

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AFA NEWSROOM V15N3, January 15, 2020


How a Trump win in 2020 could reshape housing markets across America


Whoever wins the presidential race come November could determine the fate of housing markets across the country, according to a report from analysts at the financial services firm BTIG.

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An Olympic First: Cardboard beds for Tokyo Athletes Village


Tokyo Olympic athletes beware — particularly larger ones.


The bed frames in the Athletes Village at this year’s Olympics will be made of cardboard. Sturdy cardboard.

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Guest column: Renewable wood energy is a solution to climate change


I had the privilege of founding Enviva over 15 years ago with the simple purpose of fighting climate change with effective solutions that could be implemented immediately.


Today, Enviva is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, a renewable alternative to coal, and wood-based bioenergy is part of an all-in renewables strategy to reduce carbon emissions and limit dependence on fossil fuels.

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AFA 2020 Governmental Affairs Conference


Join us in Point Clear at the Grand Hotel for an opportunity to interact with public officials and to discuss policy issues that will provide interesting perspectives on the upcoming legislative sessions. The meeting registration fee is $250.


Click below to see the agenda. To register Contact Liz Chambers at 334-481-2135 and

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Prescribed Fire Newsletter


Click below for the most recent prescribed fire newsletter.

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Forecon/ Hardwood Review — Prices for several species of hardwood lumber from North America have fallen rapidly since last summer, coinciding with the implementation of tariffs on hardwood lumber exports to China.Slower growth in China’s economy and political uncertainty in Europe have contributed to price and volume declines, as well.Historically, lower hardwood lumber prices have eventually encouraged stronger buying, lifting prices off their cyclical bottoms.As such, the current downward trend should be nearing its end (though trends don’t always repeat), and prices should begin increasing again in 2020.

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2020 global lumber markets outlook


In North America at least, 2019 will be remembered as the hangover from the 2018 first-half price spike that collapsed, leaving many casualties along the way. Various Wood Markets Monthly issues in 2019 highlighted the sawmill devastation in British Columbia, the dismal global softwood lumber consumption trends in 2018 and 2019, and the emergence of a new low-cost timber supply in central Europe that is quickly changing global markets. All these themes have one thing in common: gaining competitiveness in volatile markets where low-cost suppliers set the market and high-cost producers get wiped out quickly.

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A Decade of Home Building: The Long Recovery of the 2010s


Home building in the 2010s was a story of the Long Recovery. After the Great Recession, the number of home builders declined significantly, and housing production was unable to meet buyer demand. This deficit of housing in the United States continues to exist because of persistent supply-side headwinds for builders, creating a critical housing affordability challenge for renters and homebuyers. Yet despite these challenges, residential construction is set to evolve and expand throughout the decade ahead.

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Competition for housing is so high, the spring market is starting now


The severe shortage of homes for sale is upending the sales calendar for the whole housing market. Spring has historically been the busiest buying season, but as competition for homes heats up across the country, January is the new April. Spring starts now.

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Pending Home Sales Rebound in November


Pending home sales in November bounced back from last month’s decline, led by gains in the West.


The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), is a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts. The PHSI rose 1.2% from 107.2 in October to 108.5 in November. Sales were 7.4% higher than a year ago, the highest year-over-year gain since 2016.

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2020 global pellet markets outlook


Global wood pellet markets have had significant growth in the past decade. Between 2012 and 2018, the global wood pellet market has experienced growth rates averaging 11.6 per cent annually, from about 19.5 million metric tonnes in 2012 to about 35.4 million metric tonnes in 2018. From 2017 to 2018 alone, wood pellet production in increased by 13.3 per cent.

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Timber REITS Turnaround in 2019 and Look to 2020


Any story about returns getting back to normal or reverting to the mean presumes that an average return on investment exists.

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Learn and Burn Registration is Open NOW


Increase your exposure and gain confidence in conducting a prescribed fire in your woodlands. Attendees will experience a day long "start to finish" prescribed burn. Each person will be assigned to a burn crew managed by an Alabama Certified Burn Manager.

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Auburn Regional Reception


Register NOW for our Auburn Regional Reception to be held at Crooked Oak Lodge in Notasulga.

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SYP Lumber Prices Deflate in 2019; What’s in Store for 2020?


2019 is now in the books and after 12 months of moderate volatility, southern yellow pine lumber prices finished the year with a whimper.


While US housing starts showed signs of life in 4Q2019, the segment is not close to returning to the historical average (1.5 million starts/month), and Forest2Market’s southern yellow pine (SYP) composite prices illustrate this challenge.

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Calendar of Events


January 23 - Auburn Regional Reception


January 26-28 - Governmental Affairs Conference


February 4 - Learn and Burn Field Day (Henry County)


February 13 - Forestry Pesticide Use Training Workshop (Andalusia)


February 17 - "Increasing Prescribe Fire Capacity Through Mentor; A Live - Fire Event" (Sehoy Plantation)

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Forest Fact Friday

The U.S. is the world’s leading producer of paper and paperboard, with over 500 mills in operation. Worldwide, there are approximately 10,000 paper and paperboard mills in operation.


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