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Weekly News 3.19.12

Posted By John Dorka, Monday, March 19, 2012

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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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 vehicle.
    3. 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 products.

  • 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 World Trade 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.:
    1. 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
    2. 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 records.
    3. Prices for Appalachian hardwoods including Red oak, White Oak, Poplar, and Soft maple are firming.
    4. January 2012 hardwood exports were only slightly below the January 2006 record.
    5. A survey of forecasters expects 2012 first quarter inflation of approximately 2.0%, which is below current levels.
    6. Rising gas prices are unsurprisingly causing uncertainties with consumer spending but manufacturers remain hopeful for a better second half to 2012
    7. 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.
    8. 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 May 2.

This is an advertisement from Ohio Forestry Association. If you'd rather not receive information of this kind from us, please forward this e-mail to OFARemove@Offinger.comor mail your removal request to: Ohio Forestry Association, 1100-H Brandywine Blvd, Zanesville OH USA 43701-7303. You also may fax your removal request to 614-497-9581, or request removal by calling 888-38-TREES.

Ohio Forestry Association is managed by Offinger Management Company, a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), "Charter-Accredited" Association Management Company member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a member of the Association Management Company Institute (AMC Institute).

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