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Announcements 1998

Northwest Management, Inc.’s Harvest Operation Services

Northwest Management, Inc. provides timber sale management and administration services for large and small non-industrial private forest landowners in Idaho, Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon and Montana.  Our services provide clients with maximum stumpage values while meeting their management objectives and long term goals.  Matching the contractor and equipment to the sale assures a good quality job.

Cedar is Hot!

The real bright spot in the mostly flat lumber market is western red cedar.  An opportunity exists right now for the landowner that has been putting off logging that cedar patch.  In January of 1997, #3 and Better 1″x4″ WRC was selling for $730 according to Random Lengths.  This January and February the same board was going for $870.  This is an increase of 19%! The log market has closely followed the lumber market on this species. Northwest Management, Inc. has been marketing logs for our clients and has been receiving very attractive camp run prices in our recent timber sales. Inland Cedar has always been popular with builders because of its intense red color and fine grain. West-side cedar is in short supply due to several factors. Most federal sales are down because of environmental constraints and much of the coast cedar is located in old-growth stands that have been placed off-limits by the present political climate. Also most industrial lands have not been intensively managed for cedar production. If you are holding some cedar that needs harvesting, we recommend that you contact our office for locating the best market.

In December 1997 NMI completed 20,000 acres of pile burning on Kinzua Resources in NE Oregon.  The mild fall weather in 1997 made excellent burning conditions.

NMI contract cruised over 60,000 acres in Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Western Montana in 1997.  Cruise information was used in land exchnages and acquisitions between Federal, State, and private ownerships.

Presently NMI is managing a small helicopter logging operation for a large, private landowner in northeast Oregon.  Blue Mountain Helicopters, Inc. of Milton-Freewater, Oregon is the contractor.  Operations are in progress and should be completed by mid-March.

In May 1998, WKO/High Cascade, an active log purchaser for NIPF logs will close its doors and move operations back to Washington where their mill facilities are located.  Thanks for the years of involvement in our Timber Sale Program!

Northwest Management, Inc. contracts with the White Pine Seed Orchard Group, a cooperative of landowners, to manage the blister rust resistant white pine seed orchard located in Moscow, ID.  The seed orchard provides most of the blister rush resistant seed source for the region.

Northwest Management, Inc. opens office in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Northwest Management, Inc. opened a branch office in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on July 1, 1998, located at 106 A Poplar Avenue.  The area forester is Tom Davis, a lontime resident of north Idaho.  Tom worked for the State Department of Lands in St. Maries as pre-sale forester and logging administrator from 1977 to 1980.  He moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1980 to take a woodland forester position with the State, where he advised private woodland owners about timber management and administered the State Forest Practices Act.  In 1983, Tom joined Louisiana Pacific Corporation as a procurement forester, buying private logs for LP’s Post Falls, Chilco, and Priest River sawmills as well as the waferwood plant at Chilco.  In 1991, Tom was promoted to Feeland Forester where he managed 26,000 acres of company owned land in Silver Valley.  In 1996, Tom left LP and started Idaho Resource Management, a forestry consulting business in Coeur d’Alene.  Upon joining Northwest Management, Inc., Tom has begun working with several large ownership in both Kootenai and Shoshone County.  As a full service consulting firm, the Coeur d’Alene Office will offer all the services now provided at the Northwest Management, Inc. home office in Moscow, Idaho.  These include management planning, forest inventory and cruising, harvest operations, fuels management, mapping and GPS, range management, forest products marketing, and estate planning.  Call the Coeur d’Alene office for all your forestry needs.


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