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Letter From President - Pete Johnson

Hello,

Summer has finally arrived following a very unpredictable spring. The weather simply could not make up its mind— cold, wet, hot, back to cold, and the terrible humidity in mid -May. In fact, I had turned on my AC for the hot days and started a fire to take the chill out of the house a few days later only to realize that the AC was still on. It kind of defeats the purpose of trying to heat the house up and cool it down at the same time. Is that a sign of the start of senior moments?

The sale of carbon credits on public lands is a subject that we all need to know and understand as those credits can impact how forest land is managed. In Michigan, a bill has been introduced to allow the MI DNR to sell carbon credits on state lands. In Wisconsin, carbon credits have been sold on county owned lands. Several other counties are considering selling carbon credits. We all need to be advocates for the effective and sustainable practice of forest management in support of the forest products industry.

The markets for hardwood lumber remain strong and steady. Unlike the softwood market which has been extremely volatile and unpredictable over the last year. The housing market remains very strong across the nation despite a rise in interest rates and an increase in building costs. It is reported that there is a shortfall of 1.5 million single family homes across the nation at this time. This should keep the demand for housing up.

Inflation continues to rise causing the price of materials and labor to increase. Fuel prices continue to climb as well putting added pressure on the cost of day-to-day living. Who thought we would ever see $5.00 a gallon gas prices. The current administration doesn’t seem to have an answer for either of these problems. Shortages continue to be a problem with no end in sight. If the rain and upcoming hot and humid weather continues, the corn should be knee high by the fourth of July. My grandpa was a farmer. I remember those summer nights when my grandpa “shooshed” me and asked, “Can you hear the corn growing”? It always reminds me that even when something may be uncomfortable, there is always a bright side— sometimes we just have to look for it.

Pete Johnson
LSLA President
Granite Valley Forest Products
pjohnson@aaa-hardwoods.com

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