Pennsylvania is known for its hardwood trees, but it’s the softwoods attracting all the attention right now. Spruce, Pine and Fir aka ‘SPF‘ in timber talk.
Do-it-yourselfers and home builders are getting stung by a huge rise in lumber prices, due to a ‘perfect storm’ created by climate change, forest fires and insects. Demand has also risen due to all the ‘stuck at home’ remodeling projects and new home buyers.
An April 27, 2021 story in the Science section of THE ATLANTIC Why Dead Trees Are ‘the Hottest Commodity on the Planet’ paints the full picture.