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Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: northern Dauphin Co.
Re: New Season Of Ax Men!
I guess all this demand you're mentioning is why even the Amish logging crews around are laying guys off regularly. And the closest chip market they have is in Towanda - 3+ hours from here. LOL! Cuz a PSU prof said prices are up and the housing market's coming back, I guess your investing in timberland now, eh?? Then my business, which is directly tied to the housing market, should be booming, right?? And i shouldn't be selling my guns to pay my mortgage, right?? I mean, they're building sooo many houses now, and buying exorbitant amounts of PA hardwoods to build cabinets, hardwood flooring and furniture for those houses (since PA doesn't really supply diddly for the framing or subflooring for residential use, but the West does where all those cool reality shows are made), that all the timber guys I know should not be able to even sleep now, right?? Rather than selling off their equipment and sending their guys home for a few days of a 5 day week, right??
We've gone from around 1.7 million new housing starts in 2006, to about 385,000 in 2009, to about 900,000 currently - short story - we're at about half of where we we just 7 years ago - there's your growth. And average new residence now is much cheaper than before - no hardwood floors - down economy. With US population growth around 0.9% per year lately in the US, and US birth rate down four years consecutive, the only growth we have is thru immigration, and I doubt most of them have the $$ for a new house. Most new housing now is cheaper homes to replace the ones we couldn't afford before.
Sure prices are up, but we ain't nowhere near back to zero yet. I recommend they sit on MY investment in public land still the prices return - the trees will still be there. Then when the prices do come back,cut sustainably - don't flood the markets, and create good, diverse, sustainable habitat AND timber production.