For many years, Oregon has led the nation in softwood lumber production. Softwood lumber is made with wood from conifer tree species such as Douglas-fir.
Oregon’s softwood lumber output of 5.2 billion board feet in 2015 accounted for about 17 percent of total U.S. production. That’s an increase of 36 percent from the recessionary low in 2009. However, Oregon sawmill output in 2015 was about 70 percent of the pre-recessionary high in the early 2000s.
Softwood products are typically used for construction and include dimension lumber, beams, wood paneling, flooring, decking, molding and millwork, and door and window frames.