Posted By John Dorka,
Monday, March 19, 2012
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Weekly News 3.19.12
- OFA 2012 Annual Meeting. Details are being finalized but it is still not
too late to register for the Annual Meeting on March 23-24 at the Crowne
Plaza Hotel – Downtown Columbus. You can register on-site at the
meeting if you want. A few notes on the meeting.
- We had invited Governor Kasich to speak at the Tree
Farm Awards luncheon. Unfortunately, his staff advised that he will
not be able to attend the meeting and sends his regrets.
- Here is a note about traveling to the Crowne Plaza hotel. The Crowne Plaza is directly south of the
Convention Center (33 E.
Nationwide Blvd.) and diagonal to the
Nationwide Arena. Driving to the hotel may be tricky due to the
construction on I-670 and I-71/I-70. We have a map from ODOT posted
on the website (OFA Board – it will be there later today, 3/19)
showing the status of construction and the location of the hotel.
Parking at the hotel is valet and all day for $5.00. Simply
pull in the entrance off Nationwide
Blvd and the attendant will take your
- The Registration Desk will be in the second floor foyer.
- Steve Brown Injury. Steve Brown, Woodlands Manager at Glatfelter in Chillicothe,
suffered serious injury on Wednesday, March 14 from a tractor accident on
his property. He lost control of the tractor on a hillside and ended
up with multiple injuries including a fractured skull, broken collarbone,
broken ribs and vertebrae, broken facial bones and a severe head
laceration. He was life-flighted to OSU Hospital
where he was in intensive care as of the last report. Fortunately,
the injuries are not life threatening. However, Steve will be in
recovery for some time. (Update: Steve had surgery on his neck late
last week and is expected to have back surgery Tuesday or Wednesday this
week. If things go well, he will be sent to rehab next week.)
Those wishing to pass along best wishes or to send a card may do so at his
home: 330 Cooks Hill
Rd., Chillicothe, Ohio 45601.
- The Nature Conservancy (TNC) President Selzer Makes a
Strong Statement about SFI Certification. You can read
a statement from TNC President and CEO Larry Selzer about the
importance of the US Green Building Council being inclusive of third-party
forest certification programs in the LEED program. Mr. Selzer points
out in strong terms why it is important for America’s forests that SFI and
other certification programs be recognized in USGBC’s LEED building
certification program. So far only FSC certified wood is given
credit through LEED. In spite of efforts by many in the forest
products community to urge USGBC to broaden its forest certification
inclusiveness, it has resisted.
- EPA Guidance on Definition of "Waters of the US.” Here is a guidance document
from the US EPA that identifies waters of the US protected by the Clean
Water Act. It is long and quite frankly confusing. However,
there is a summary on page 5 that may be of use to you. Keep in mind
that the forest industry and forestry interests currently have concerns
with how the Clean Water Act regulations may affect logging roads around
the country, through NPDES permitting.
- West Virginia Tornado Damage – Forest
Salvage Needed. I received a call from
Randy Dye, the West Virginia State Forester, to let me know that West Virginia sustained tornado damage during the
March 2 storm event that damaged portions of southwest Ohio. He indicated that an area
about 1 hour south of Huntington
sustained heavy damage, and approximately 8,000 acres of woodlands were
destroyed. He is asking about Ohio
logging contractors and manufacturers who may be interested in either
taking part in the salvage or purchasing some of the forest
- Forest Business Network Webinar, March 29: "Export
Opportunities for U.S. Forest Product Manufacturers”. On March 29 at 1 PM (Eastern Time), there will
be a free webinar on exporting forest products to Asia sponsored by the
Forest Business Network, the Montana
Center, and the BitterRoot Economic
Development Center. The webinar will be
conducted by Paul Owen, President of Vanport International, a leading
authority on exporting forest products to Asia.
You can read more about the webinar at the Forest
Business Network website. This is sponsored by northwest US
forestry interests so it may have a regional slant. However, I
thought it may be worthwhile for some of our members.
- The April 2012 Hardwood Leader Notes. The following are notes gleaned from the April
edition of The Hardwood Leader from Hardwood Publishing, Inc.:
- Home sales are increasing and signs indicate that the US and
Canadian housing markets may be on the mend. Good news for hardwood
manufacturers, especially for flooring
- January hardwood shipments to China
were the best ever for January and the 5th best month on
record. Shipments for the first half of 2012 could exceed all
- Prices for Appalachian hardwoods including Red oak,
White Oak, Poplar, and Soft maple are firming.
- January 2012 hardwood exports were only slightly below
the January 2006 record.
- A survey of forecasters expects 2012 first quarter
inflation of approximately 2.0%, which is below current levels.
- Rising gas prices are unsurprisingly causing
uncertainties with consumer spending but manufacturers remain hopeful for
a better second half to 2012
- In the southern US, single family new home sales, new
home starts, and building permits were better in January than at any time
in almost the last 2 years. US unsold housing inventory fell to a
6.1 month inventory.
- Prime mortgage delinquencies fell to 5.3% in February
which was the lowest since 2009.
- US Wood Prices Drifting Upward on Supply Shortages. Here is a brief wood price report posted on the
Penn State Extension website Go
Wood that talks about slowly upward drifting wood prices as supply and
weather conditions are playing out. The report further talks about
how oil price fluctuations may have become the primary driver of lumber
prices with little demand in the market. It further speculates on
what could happen to wood prices if the price of oil spikes due to
uncertain world conditions.
- American Tree Farm System Leadership Update. For those who would like more information about
the Tree Farm program, you can read the March Leadership
Update on-line. It contains information on announcement,
training and webinars, Tree Farmers of the Year, Tree Farmer National
Convention, and public affairs and advocacy
- ALB Update. Get an update of what is happening with the Ohio ALB infestation, as well as those in Massachusetts, New Jersey
and New York.
- ECOFA April Newsletter. Here is the April Newsletter of the East Central Ohio
Forestry Association. The newsletter contains information on the
recent general meeting which was highlighted by a presentation from Greg
Miller, a native of Sugar Creek who was at the center of and inspiration
for a book called "The Big Year” and a follow-up movie of the same name;
it was a motivational and inspirational story about the competition among
birders to compile a "big year” in bird sightings. The newsletter
also highlights coming workshops and seminars and the annual banquet on
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