Lumber prices predicted to be on the rise

Great news — lumber prices are up. Prices are currently just over $400 per board foot, and last year at this time they were just under $300.

Great news — lumber prices are up. Prices are currently just over $400 per board foot, and last year at this time they were just under $300.

This compared to just under $200 in 2009. This parallels statements I heard at the Council of Forest Industries Convention in Prince George that I recently attended.

This was the first COFI convention held in the last five years, signifying that the worst is behind us.

Forest industry representatives think lumber prices could go as high as $500 to $600 a board foot in a “super cycle,” predicted to take place in the next few years.

This is all good news for our forest industry and our local economy.

As we work though the budget and five-year financial plan, one thing I want to highlight is our continued commitment to smart, strategic long-term planning.

It’s this planning that will allow us to complete the South Lakeside Drive Project this summer without borrowing.

The value of strategic planning can’t be overstated — we’re planning now for our future needs.

This is Prevention of Violence Against Women Week.

This is a good reminder to stand up against all violence.

Abuse takes many forms, and includes bullying, control, and intimidation.

We all have a role to play in creating a safe, healthy environment and setting a positive example.

I encourage everyone to come out to the Community Forest Open House Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the 150 Fire Hall.

There will be an overview presentation on the Community Forest Proposal, and opportunity for all residents to offer input, and to ask questions.

We’re there to listen, so please come and have your say!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.

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