How local markets shape silvicultural decisions in the field


  • Nathan Christie Lyme Great Lakes


northern hardwoods, silviculture, supply, demand, product markets


There are many factors that affect the ability of Silviculturists to manage Northern Hardwoods including forest composition, topography, soils, and weather, but local and regional forest product markets also play a critical role in the decision-making process.

The topic of this presentation is to better understand how local sawlog, bolt and pulp markets shape future stand composition and forest management outcomes. In the last two years, we have seen extreme supply/demand volatility for each of these product classes. This presentation will attempt to address how recent market forces and volatility affects forestry decision making in the field today along with long-term future implications and business economics.

Author Biography

Nathan Christie, Lyme Great Lakes

Nathan became part of Lyme Great Lakes as the Escanaba Area Manager when it purchased the Upper Peninsula of Michigan land base from Weyerhaeuser in November 2019. Prior to such purchase, Nathan acted in a similar role as the Harvesting and Silviculture Supervisor of the Escanaba office, as well as managing the Wisconsin land base. Nathan was originally hired by Mead Paper as a field forester in 1999 and has remained with the land base through several ownership changes. He’s worked to deliver quality forest products together with high environmental standards, sustainability and third-party certification. Nathan established a safety program for the Weyerhaeuser Northern Hardwoods Region and has spent his career building and maintaining Michigan’s plantation program. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1997 with a B.S. degree in Forestry and Environmental Management. He serves as a member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee representing stakeholders in the forest industry.