Ash has been one of the most commonly requested hardwood lumber species recently. Even though we have seen increased demand, Ash logs have been getting harder and harder to come by due to the emerald ash borer. Because of this, loggers have been aggressive in harvesting Ash trees to minimize the potential losses of landowners.
While both loggers and landowners have tried to stay in front of this, sawmills have been forced to adjust accordingly by cutting as much Ash lumber as possible. The additional amount of Ash lumber that was produced has been quickly consumed by customers in the hardwood lumber market. This has been especially true in China, where we have seen great demand for Ash lumber being used in a variety of products, especially furniture, cabinets, and flooring.
However, from a sawmills perspective, there has been a decrease in the amount of Ash logs available to be sawn. With the decrease in the number of Ash trees in the forests and an increase in demand for Ash logs being exported, it has limited the amount of Ash lumber that can be produced by sawmills.
The good news is that we have been able to consistently maintain our levels of Ash production. It has not been easy, but our goal is to continue these levels for as long as possible.
In the back of our minds, we can’t help but wonder what species of lumber will fill the void once Ash is longer a viable option. What hardwood species will be harvested instead of Ash? What will manufacturers purchase to produce their products if Ash reaches a price point that is no longer cost-effective? What alternatives can we offer to customers that will still meet their needs?
While it will take some time for the answers to these questions to surface, they are still important to consider. In the meantime, Ash continues to be one of the most demanded hardwood lumber products on the market and we do not expect that to change any time soon.
American Lumber has a large inventory of Ash in our yards and it is moving very well in most grades and thicknesses. If we are short on a particular item we are usually able to source it from one of our many trusted partner mills.
If you are looking for an Ash supplier that has a consistent and reliable supply of Ash, reach out to us. We should be able to supply you with the Ash products you need for the foreseeable future.