Posted By John Dorka,
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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Weekly News 5.14.12
- Quarterly Meetings - OFA Board Meeting, Logging
Standards Council (LSC), Ohio
Tree Farm Committee - This past week, OFA hosted the spring round of quarterly meetings for the
Board, LSC, and Tree Farm Committee at the OFA office
in Columbus. The OFA Board discussed
several issues and recommended action
- OFA Office - The Board recommended convening a committee to review a proposal for OFA
to build its own office and headquarters. Several years ago, the
OFA Board was interested in doing a similar project with a pending offer
for a land donation in the Central Ohio
area. Following a discussion of the pros (have a forestry
"footprint” in Ohio;
promote education and outreach, etc.) and cons (cost, maintenance and
upkeep, bad timing, etc.) of having an office, the Board voted to have
the Director form a committee to review the proposal over the next year
and bring back a recommendation to the Board.
- Forest Products Awareness Week - The Board approved action to pursue
designating the week of the Paul Bunyan Show as Ohio Forest Products
Awareness Week. This is something that will take legislative
action. A week designated for forest products awareness will offer
an excellent platform to promote forestry and products from Ohio.
The Logging Standards Council was well
attended and had good discussion on a number of issues. The LSC agreed to
invest in a second set (approximately 15 training videos) of FRA safety
training videos to complement the set OFA already owns. The two sets will
be divided into 3-4 video packages and distributed to all 8 Loggers’ Chapters
for regular training sessions. The Loggers’ Chapters will then trade
packages each year to distribute the videos appropriately. In addition,
the chainsaw training video that the LSC has been working on with ODNR is in
the editing process and may soon be available for distribution to Loggers’
The Ohio Tree Farm Committee discussed
a number of issues and current events. The Ohio Tree Farm of the Year
Tour will take place on September 29, 2012 on the Wayne and
Benita Lashbrook farm in Jackson
are progressing well and the committee hopes for a well attended event.
The Spring 2012 issue of the Ohio Woodland Journal was distributed. Any
OFA member company wishing to advertise in the OWJ should contact Tom Mills,
the new Advertising Editor (419)-423-3422.
- A Day in the Woods – 2nd Friday Series - The Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of
the Vinton Furnace State
with a number of sponsors, is hosting a series of woodland field days on
the 2nd Friday of each month, May through November, 2012.
The first was held on May 11 and the last will be held November 9.
There are a series of workshops on a variety of woodland topics including
tree identification, harvesting, forest measurements, forest management,
wildlife (game and non-game) and wood from your woods. The sessions
run 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM with a registration cost of $10 to cover lunch and
handouts. You can learn more about this at Dave Apsley’s OSU
Extension website: seohiowoods.
- US Hardwood Consumption, 1999-2011 - The Hardwood Market Report recently provided US
hardwood consumption by year from 1999 through 2011, by various categories
of use. In 1999, the US
consumed 12.91 billion board feet (BBF) of hardwoods while in 2011 the
consumption was 6.95 BBF, a drop of 46.2%. During that time, most
categories of products showed significant drops in consumption. Only
railway ties showed an increase in consumption, with exports staying the
same. Largest category drops were in furniture (2.6 BBF to 0.29 BBF,
-88.8%) and millwork (1.3 BBF to 0.24 BBF,-81.5%) followed by cabinets
(1.2 BBF to 0.34 BBF, -71.7%).
- Northern Forests Growth Outpacing Other Parts of the
Country - A recent report by the
US Forest Service states that during the past century, forest land in the
northern US has expanded in spite of population gains of more than 130%
and other threats to forest land. More than 4 in ten acres within a
20 state area (Maine to Minnesota
and Missouri to New Jersey) is forested and during the
last 100 years, forest land increased from 134 million to 172 million
acres. The rest of the country has essentially remained unchanged
during that time. What is particularly amazing is that the northern
forests states witnessed the increase in forest land while having the
country’s highest regional population. This obviously flies in the
face of current beliefs among the average US citizen on the loss of
forest land in the country. The report indicates that 441,000 people
work in the forest products industry in these states including forestry,
logging, sawmilling, wood manufacturing, and pulp and paper and this
represents about 40% of the US workforce in these
fields. If you’re interested in taking a closer look at the report,
you can find it here
on the US Forest Service website.
- Latest ALB News - You can read the latest news on Asian Longhorned Beetle here.
The notes indicate that the Environmental Assessment for the
been completed and can be viewed on-line through a link at that
site. Those familiar with the project and issue are aware that
infested trees within the quarantine area are being removed and
chipped. The original plan called for additional removal of
un-infested "host” trees. However, following public response against
removing un-infested trees, USDA acknowledged that an environmental
assessment had not been completed. You can read the assessment if
you want, but it is lengthy (79 pages) and simply reviews the
various treatment options, from doing nothing, to removal of host
with variations on other treatment options. No recommendations are
- Borate Treated Wood Framing Much Better Than Steel
Framing - An environmental life cycle
assessment of borate treated wood framing vs. steel framing was conducted
by the Treated Wood Council (TWC) and the report is here.
The wood framing was far and away the better choice. The results
show that in all environmental categories of comparison, wood framing was
far better is a very interesting report from the TWC with a Life Cycle
Assessment comparison between borate treated wood framing and steel
framing. In every criterion measured, wood framing was better than
the steel. Wood uses less energy and less water; it has lower
environmental impacts in all 5 of the impact indicator categories
including anthropogenic greenhouse gas, acid rain, smog potential,
ecotoxicity, and eutrophication-causing emissions; the fossil fuel
footprint of wood is nearly one-fourth that of steel; and wood has an
energy recovery potential that steel simply does not have. The
report is short (6 pages) and well worth the time to read.
- NEOFA May Newsletter - Here is the May Newsletter from the Northeast Ohio Forestry
Association. The newsletter has information on the May meeting
during which Bob Bergmeyer talked about Useable Plants From Your Woodlot,
the recent Arbor Day Banquet during which the auction for the 91 attendees
raised nearly $2,300 for OFA camp scholarships, a letter from a former
camper to NEOFA talking about the great experiences he has had at several
OFA Forestry camps, various tree blights and damages, some historic trees
in Ohio, choosing a tree for planting, and upcoming events.
- South Central Manufacturing Network (SCMN) Workshop - The SCMN, of which OFA is a member, is hosting
an 8-hour workshop on Strategic Conversations over 2 days on June 21 and 28. The cost is $250 per
person and the location is yet to be determined (probably close to Chillicothe).
The flyer contains more information on the workshop and Jim Manson,
contact person. If you are interested, please contact Jim directly.
- F&W Forestry Report - You can read the F&W Forestry report on-line
here. The report covers mostly southern forestry issues.
There is an article on page 3 regarding the latest information on the
Supreme Court review of logging road regulation ruling in the Pacific Northwest. Legal experts believe that
the Supreme Court will decide by early summer if it will consider the
ruling. Many of those experts considered it a good sign that the
Supreme Court would review the case after it asked the US Solicitor
General Donald Verily for his views on the case and other federal
issues. The report also contains a summary on page 6 of a US Forest
Service briefing paper describing the impact of the economic downturn on
the forestry sector. Everyone is aware of the downtown, but the
statistics are mind-numbing to read.
- LEED Update - The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is providing information
on the latest round of public comments for LEED 2012. The US
Green Building Council continues to resist recognizing all credible forest
certification programs in its wood sourcing system and only recognizes
"FSC or better” programs (whatever that means). The public comment
period runs May 11- 28, 2012. The SFI website provides access to the
LEED 2012 standards if you want to see them.
- Grasstops Webinar –
Problems for Wood in Biobased Markets Program - The American
Forest Foundation is hosting a webinar
on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2 PM to discuss issues and concerns with
including wood in the USDA Biobased Markets Program. Currently wood
is not an accepted "biobased” product in the program, but efforts are
under way in Congress to change that. To learn about the issue and
what is being done as well as register, to the webinar
- Upcoming Events. (See OFA website for
- Lumber Grading Short Course, June 4-7, 2012, Yoder
Lumber Co., Inc., Millersburg
- OFA Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, June
10-15, 2012, Ohio
FFA Camp Muskingum
- OWIN Summer Meeting, July 25-26, Marietta, Ohio.
- Lumbermen’s Outing, September 15, 2012,
- Paul Bunyan Show, October 5-7, 2012, Guernsey County Fairgrounds.
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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). www.Offinger.com
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