Business: Job for Paul Bunyan

For the first time ever the U.S. faces a lumber shortage.

The U.S. needs four billion more board feet of lumber this year than it is likely to get—seven billion more than it has used in any year since 1929—37 billion in all. One reason is the switch from metal to wood forced by the metal shortages. Another is the vast expansion in construction since Pearl Harbor, now estimated to require 25 billion board feet. Manufactured articles will take 3.4 billion; crates and boxes, 7 billion.

With demand soaring, Pacific Coast lumber production (almost half the total) has lagged behind 1941 every month...

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