Canadian Timber:

Cost and Pricing Data for Timber Harvested in British Columbia

RCED-87-55FS: Published: Dec 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the costs and prices of timber Canada sold from government-owned lands in British Columbia between 1981 and 1985, to assist the evaluation of U.S. timber harvest pricing and regulation.

GAO found that: (1) the coastal regions' average stumpage prices were higher and the volumes they harvested were lower than in the interior region; and (2) in 1985, the coastal region harvested 2.9 billion board feet at an average stumpage price of $24.08 per thousand board feet, while the interior region harvested 8.6 billion board feet at an average stumpage price of $5.36 per thousand board feet. GAO also summarized 1981 to 1984 data on: (1) road costs incurred to harvest timber; (2) timber harvesting costs; (3) utilization ratios of harvested timber; (4) lumber manufacturing costs; and (5) sizes of timber put into sawmills.

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