Continued poor weather across much of the country kept sawmills tight on logs, especially in the South, Midwest and parts of Appalachia. Lumber sales were steady, though a few contacts said Hard Maple was more available and that Red Oak may have reached its peak. One large southern manufacturer said inventories have gotten so low that it is seeing parts of the warehouse floor it hasn’t seen in years. Prices were steady to firmer for most items, with Ash, White Oak and Cherry leading the way. Ash sales were good, but the supply of logs is reportedly declining quickly.
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