Who Should Attend, Registration Information and the FPF 2018 Preliminary Agenda



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 25, 2018 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:

With solid economic growth and rock-bottom unemployment, why is the housing sector punching so far below its weight?

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?

Is the low-inflation era over?  If so how will that affect timber investments and construction activity?

Will the rapid growth in the South’s lumber capacity finally pull Southern timber markets out of their decade-long malaise?

How viable is the West Coast’s log export market in an environment of increasing domestic log prices and constrained timber supply?

With lumber prices racing to record levels are we nearing a peak?  If prices fall, when and by how much?

Does the transportation network have the capacity to meet growing US wood products consumption?  Will we see further supply disruptions like we saw in 2017?

US southern lumber production is at record levels and new capacity announcements are occurring almost on a weekly basis.  How much capacity can the south add?

How quickly can the US labor force and equipment manufacturers adapt to the rapidly expanding US lumber capacity?

Eastern Canada has been the fastest growing North American lumber producing region in recent years - how long can they continue to increase their lumber output?

When do we expect new OSB capacity in the North American market?

Will industrialized offsite construction breathe new life into the engineered lumber industry?

Why are softwood plywood imports rising so quickly, and how much market share do we expect offshore volumes to take?

Will wood pellet capacity expansion continue to slow, or can we expect a new round of investment based on exports to Asian markets?

Low construction productivity and a dearth of skilled labor will increasingly push construction off-site.  How will this trend affect the distribution chain for building materials? 

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 2018 Forum will examine a wide range of topics.

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

The Forest Products Forum ONLY (September 25)

  • $1,200.00
  • Pensions and Endowments: $690.00 - contact Sara for a special discount code at swu@worldforestry.org 

Who Will Own the Forest?  ONLY (September 25-27, includes Reception on September 25)

  • $1,600.00
  • Pensions and Endowments: $880.00 -  contact Sara for a special discount code at swu@worldforestry.org

The Forest Products Forum plus optional Evening Reception (September 25)

  • $1,400.00
  • Pensions and Endowments: $890.00 - contact Sara for a special discount code at swu@worldforestry.org

Joint Registration – Attend both Who Will Own the Forest? and the Forest Products Forum (September 25-27, including Reception on September 25)

  • $2,400.00
  • Pensions and Endowments: $1,570.00 - contact Sara for a special discount code at swu@worldforestry.org

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 glewis@getfea.com

Continuing Education Credits Pending from:

Society of American Foresters

Oregon Real Estate Appraisers

General Review Hours - Oregon Certified Public Accountants

Refund and Cancellation Policy

  • Full refunds--on or before August 22, 2018
  • 50% refunds from August 22-September 10, 2018
  • No refunds after September 10, 2018, but substitutions accepted
  • Substitutions are allowed at any time
  • All payments are due prior to the event.Unpaid registrations will be payable at the door during check-in.
  • No refunds for no-shows, we will send you a link to download the proceedings
  • If an event is cancelled for any reason, FEA and the World Forestry Center will not be responsible for any charges related to travel

2018 Agenda

"Stampede to the South"

Forest Products Forum - Portland, Oregon - September 25, 2018

Time Title Speaker
8:30-8:40 Welcome and Housekeeping FEA
8:40-9:15 Economic and Housing Outlook Brendan Lowney (FEA)
9:15-9:45 Looking Towards The Future: How Rail Will Support Unprecedented Growth In the South Kari Kirchhoefer, Vice President - Industrial Products, Union Pacific
9:45-10:15 Break  
10:15-10:50 Timber and Biomass Market Outlook Rocky Goodnow (FEA)
10:50-11:20 Trucking Industry Update David Manning, Chairman, American Trucking Associations
11:20-11:50 Softwood Lumber Market Outlook Paul Jannke (FEA)
11:50-1:00 Lunch  
1:00-1:45 Panel on Chinese Demand for Southern Pine Lumber Russ Taylor (FEA), Rocky Goodnow (FEA), Jane Guo (FEA)
1:45-2:20 Wood Products Industry Employment: A Recruiter's Perspective George Meek, Owner, Top Wood Jobs, LLC
2:20-2:50 Break  
2:50-3:20 Wood Panels Market Outlook Greg Lewis (FEA)
3:20-4:00 Mass Timber and Industrialized Construction Art Schmon (FEA)
4:00-4:15 Wrap-up and Concluding Thoughts Brendan Lowney and Paul Jannke (FEA)