Posted By John Dorka,
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Weekly News 6/18/12
In this issue:
- OFA Provides Input Letter to EPA on Logging Road Issue - Not long ago, the US EPA announced that it
would not require NPDES permits on logging roads and filed a notice
of intent on those actions. At the same time, however, EPA
advised that it is going to look at how logging road issues are now being
handled in the states with the intent that it may revise current
approaches. EPA asked for feedback on what is going on in each state
now and thoughts on how to best address any problems. To that end,
OFA sent this letter to the EPA providing information on what
is now being done in Ohio.
We emphasized that the Ohio Master Logging Company Program was developed
following changes in the Clean Water Act in the late 1980s and that this
program has been very beneficial in dealing with logging road
issues. We encouraged the EPA to help extend these efforts and
further not require NPDES permitting.
- OFA Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp - OFA held its annual OFA Forestry and Wildlife
Conservation Camp last week at FFA Camp Muskingum in Carroll County.
This was the 63rd consecutive camp since starting originally in
1950. Attendance at camp was down a bit this year with 75
campers participating. I should point out that 53 of the 75 campers
received sponsorship support for all or part of the camp fees and
sponsorships came from 40 different organizations or individuals.
Many thanks to all who helped financially support these young people with
their week at camp. All campers were asked to be sure to thank those
who made it possible for them to attend. The camp dates for next year are June 9-14, 2013. Please spread the word to anyone you know that has high school aged kids that may be interested in camp.
- Policy and Legislation - The Ohio
House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing
this past week on the state amending municipal tax codes to make them more
is one of few states that do not have statutes establishing standards for
local tax collections. A number of organizations including the
National Federation of Independent Businesses, Associated General
Contractors of Ohio, Ohio Bar Association, as well as a
number of local mayors and government officials testified at the hearing
to provide input on the impact of a variety of taxing jurisdictions and
systems. It appears that most who testified indicated that the state
needs a fair and uniform tax code and appeals process and a uniform
definition of residency. The informational hearing was
intended to gather input on the issue with the possibility of future
legislation. Note: If any OFA members have specific comments,
concerns or issues with Ohio’s
local tax codes, please pass them along to me.
- Gas Severance Tax Proposal Still Has Life - House Speaker Bill Batchelder indicated last
week that in spite of the legislature’s initial swift rejection of Gov.
Kasich’s severance tax proposal on gas and oil, the legislature may give
the proposal a second chance in the lame duck session after the November
elections. Last week, the Governor stated the "(gas proposal) is
going to happen. It’s just a matter of when and what it’s going to
look like.” It is likely that the House Ways and Means Committee will
review the proposal during the summer recess along with a broader review
of other extraction industry taxes for coal and gravel. You will
recall that earlier this year, OFA was asked by the governor’s office to
support the severance tax proposal, but OFA elected to take no position.
- ODNR Catalogs Shale Holdings on State Forests
and Parks - The Columbus
Dispatch reported last week on ODNR efforts to determine mineral
ownerships under ODNR holdings in eastern Ohio
in an effort to prepare for possible shale drilling on State Forest
and Park lands. Five state forests that were reviewed specifically
were Beavercreek and Yellow Creek
(Columbiana Co.), Fernwood (Jefferson Co.), Harrison (Harrison Co.), and
Sunfish Creek (Monroe Co.).
- China Substantially Increases Forest
Area in Last 20 Years - According to a recent
report from the China State Forestry Administration, the country has
added nearly 150 million acres of forestland since 1992 with its forest
inventory increasing by 3.6 billion cubic feet to 13.7 billion cubic
feet. Following its signing of a global environmental treaty in
1992, the country has substantially focused financial resources toward increasing
forest area and implemented a compulsory nationwide tree planting
program. It apparently intends to continue its reforestation
priority through 2020, and has made considerable efforts in converting
cropland to forestland through what it has called a "grain for green”
program. The article gives no specifics on the species that have
been planted and what impact the vastly increased forest reserves may have
on future global trade in forest products.
- Upcoming OFA Events:
- OWIN Summer Meeting - July 25-26, 2012 - Marietta, OH
Visit our website for details and to register or watch your mail for the printed brochure soon. Those interested in sponsoring a golf hole or a clay station should contact Gayla, 888-388-7337.
- Lumber Grading Short Course - August 20-23, 2012 - Yoder Lumber, Millersburg. OH. You may register here or watch your mail for the printed registration brochure.
- Walnut Grading Short Course - August 24, 2012, Yoder Lumber, Millersburg, OH. You may register here or watch your mail for the printed registration brochure. Space is limited to 15 attendees.
- Lumberman's Outing - September 5, 2012 - Details and registration material coming soon. All proceeds will benefit the Lumberman's Benevolent Fund and the families of Daniel Raber and Laverne Raber.
- Paul Bunyan Show - October 5-7, 2012 - Guernsey County Fairgrounds, Cambridge, OH.
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). www.Offinger.com
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