Forest Products Forum 2017

Save the Date for the 2018 FEA Forum:

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon


Forest Products Forum - World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon - September 12, 2017

Come join us for our 7th Annual Forest Products Forum—the premier conference featuring forward-looking analysis of the wood products, timber and wood biomass sectors. This one-day event will feature industry-leading economists from Forest Economic Advisors (FEA) addressing a wide range of hot-button topics as well as a variety of outside experts offering their views on the most important issues facing stakeholders in the industry. Following successful events in each of the years from 2011-2016, Forest Economic Advisors (FEA) will once again host an event in conjunction with Who Will Own the Forest? 13. This year’s Forum will be at the front-end of the Who Will Own the Forest? event. We will provide a full day of analysis on September 12th followed by the industry’s best-attended cocktail reception at the WFC Discovery Museum.

Confirmed guest speakers are:

  • Brian Bahs, President and CEO, WCLA Credit Union
  • Slava Bychkov, Managing Director, Ilim Timber
  • Jacob Mannothra, Managing Director, Zindia
  • Russ Taylor, President, International Wood Markets Group

In addition, the team from FEA will present their North American outlooks.

Attendees click here for the 2017 presentation PDFs

Click here for the 2017 Agenda


2017 Sponsor


Who Should Attend?

Strategic planners, senior executives, purchasing managers, sales managers, investment analysts and other stakeholders in the forest products sector should attend this event. Reserve the date of September 12, 2017 to ensure than you can attend the premier forward-looking event for the wood products, timber, wood pulp and biomass sectors.

Attendees will leave our event with insights into the following questions:

How will the US housing recovery play out over the next few years?

Which key indicators does FEA advise its clients to follow to best understand the nature of the nascent recovery in housing and wood products markets?

Will the improving economy and employment market finally translate into a more normalized housing market?

When can we expect to see a meaningful recovery in stumpage prices in the US South?

Will West Coast log exports return to their pre-surge levels and what does this imply for Western log markets?

With Chinese demand slowing and the US housing recovery stalled, will the so-called Super-Cycle for lumber prices be delayed or denied?

Will the much weaker euro pave the way for European lumber imports in to the North American market?

We have begun to see the Annual Allowable Cut reduced in some British Columbia Timber Supply Areas.  How will this affect the Province’s ability to supply lumber to North American markets?

When will we see additional OSB mill restarts given the sluggish rebound in US housing? Is there scope for a significant boost in domestic softwood plywood capacity?

Could we see a shortage of LVL capacity by the middle of the decade?

Will a strong US dollar cause a sharp increase in fiberboard imports?

Is the wood biomass industry viable in an era when natural gas is trading barely more than half of its ten-year average price?

We called our event a Forum to reflect a variety of informed viewpoints on the issues of the day and we have arranged to bring in several outside speakers to supplement and, sometimes challenge, our analysis. The 2017 Forum will examine a wide range of topics.


2017 Registration is closed

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The registration fee includes all meals, drinks, and events.

The Forest Products Forum ONLY (September 12)

  • Before June 10: $1,000.00
  • After June 10: $1,200.00
  • Pensions and Endowments: $690.00 - contact Sara for a special discount code at 

Who Will Own the Forest? 13 ONLY (September 12-14, includes Reception on September 12)

  • Before June 10: $1,300.00
  • After June 10: $1,600.00
  • Pensions and Endowments: $880.00 -  contact Sara for a special discount code at

The Forest Products Forum plus optional Evening Reception (September 12)

  • Before June 10: $1,100.00
  • After June 10: $1,300.00
  • Pensions and Endowments: $790.00 - contact Sara for a special discount code at

Joint Registration – Attend both Who Will Own the Forest? 13 and the Forest Products Forum (at discount)

  • Before June 10: $2,000.00
  • After June 10: $2,400.00
  • Pensions and Endowments: $1,570.00 - contact Sara for a special discount code at

Guest Speakers - Speakers and Moderators do not pay registration fees.  Most speakers will be contacted so that we can get you registered.

For more information on registration, contact Greg Lewis directly with questions at (978) 496 6335 or

Continuing Education Credits Pending from:

Society of American Foresters

Oregon Real Estate Appraisers

General Review Hours - Oregon Certified Public Accountants

Refund policy

Full refunds--on or before August 7, 2017

50% refunds from August 7 through September 2, 2017

No refunds after September 2, 2017


FEA will make sponsorship opportunities available, please click here for more details or contact David Battaglia for Sponsorship Packages and general information.  You can reach David at (978) 496 6338 or email him at

The World Forestry Center is the organizer of North America’s best-attended forestland investing event, annually held as the “Who Will Own the Forest?” series.