Verification of the Southern Logging Cost Index

by Dr. Dale Greene and Dr. Shawn Baker, University of Georgia

With the University of Georgia’s Southern Logging Cost Index now being reported quarterly in Timber Mart-South, this Project concluded that the Index appears to be a reasonably accurate measure of input cost changes and that production variability is still a major driver of cost changes for individual logging businesses. The Project:

  • determines the characteristics of loggers in each region of the U.S.
  • assesses the accuracy of on-line logging cost survey methods for logging contractors
  • validates the UGA Logging Cost Index with contractor cost data

KEY FINDINGS: Final Report and Presentation present data and conclusions.