LIVE OAK, Fla. (AP) — The demand for pine, pulp and other timber products is on the rise and that is good sign for much of north Florida and for other timber-producing regions of the southeastern United States.
Dozens of lumber mills and pine straw, bark and wood pellet processing plants have located in north Florida in recent years. Industry experts say the region's warm, moist climate and soil composition allow pine trees to thrive.
Lumber supply issues in the American northwest and in Canada have prompted companies to look to the Southeast. Issues with wood boring beetles and restrictions on cutting timber in federal land have contributing to the supply issues in the northwest and Canada.
Among those banking on Florida's timber is industry is the Austrian company Klausner, which recently opened a $100 million mill in Live Oak.