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Weekly News 9/10/12

Posted By John Dorka, Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Ohio Forestry 

Weekly News 9.10.12


In this issue:

  • Logging Surveys to Start at Logger Chapter Meetings - This coming week, Dr. Eric McConnell, Forest Products Specialist with OSU Extension will start visiting Loggers’ Chapters to get a survey of individual logging companies filled out. The logging company surveys are being completed as part of a project to assess business challenges and barriers logging companies face in Ohio as well as identify opportunities for future development. Dr. McConnell will visit every logging chapter through the fall to contact as many companies as possible to get surveys completed. OFA appreciates that Dr. McConnell has agreed to study Ohio’s logging industry and to come up with strategies that will benefit individual companies and the industry in general in the future.
  • Electric Rate Service Program - OFA is moving forward with efforts to develop an electric rate services program for members. We are working with other associations from the Construction Materials Energy Coalition to secure the services of a commercial broker to offer no-cost services to individual members. The goal is to assist companies and manufacturers with services to help each secure the lowest cost electric rates for individual companies and facilities. We expect to have the program operational within the next couple months and are making plans to have a representative available at the OFA booth during the Paul Bunyan Show to talk about opportunities and benefits of the program.
  • Lumbermen’s Outing a Success - Last week, the OFA Foundation hosted the Lumbermen’s Outing which is fast becoming an annual tradition as a fundraiser for important causes. This year, a total of 76 golfers and 27 clay shooters participated in an event to raise funds for the Lumbermen’s Benevolent Fund, created last year by the Charm Share ‘N Care for the benefit of lumber industry families affected by personal tragedies and losses. Within the year, OFA lost two of our family members, Dan Raber, owner of A&M Dry Kiln and Laverne Raber, employed by Rayson Logging. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Lumbermen’s Benevolent Fun for the use of the Raber families. The OFA Foundation would like to thank all who participated in event during which there was fantastic weather and facilities. The Foundation would especially like to thank the many sponsors who so generously donated and supported the outing. Here is a list of our sponsors and donors for the event.     
  • Profitable Firewood Processing Workshop - The Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) announced that it is hosting a firewood processing workshop, in cooperation with Sawmill and Woodlot Magazine and NC State University Wood Products Extension, on September 27 at the WERC in Princeton, WV. Here is a brochure on the workshop which contains registration information. The workshop fee is $35 which includes lunch. The brochure indicates the workshop is for firewood producers, buyers, equipment manufacturers, foresters, landowners, and others with a firewood interest.
  • Logging Road Amicus Brief Filed US Supreme CourtFor your reading is the Amicus Brief filed by a group of petitioners (including OFA) against the Ninth Circuit Court Decision in the Brown vs. NEDC case which will lead to NPDES Clean Water Act permits being required on logging roads. The US Supreme Court has elected to rule on the decision based on appeal and is expected to do so late this year. To date, 14 amicus briefs supporting petitioners have been filed. I suggest you take a look at the brief. It is not that long, especially since more than half the document contains descriptions of the petitioners. The arguments against the court decision are brief but very persuasive and contain eye-opening information on harvesting in the United States.
  • ODA Announces External Quarantine of Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) of Walnut - Last week, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced that it had issued rules for the external quarantine of TCD of Walnut. Here are the rules for the quarantine. The rules regulate the movement of selected walnut products from currently quarantined counties in eastern states. Currently there are no known cases of TCD in Ohio. TCD originated in the western US and within the last couple years was found in three states in the east (TN, PA, and VA). ODA and the Division of Forestry are currently surveying for TCD in Ohio report that no cases have yet been found. ODA further reports that since TCD was first found in the eastern states, it has not spread to new locations. You can read the news release on the ODA website.
  • Upcoming Events:
    1. Ohio Tree Farm of the Year Tour, September 29, 2012, Deseret Tree Farm, Jackson County. Travel to Jackson County to the tree farm of Wayne and Benita Lashbrook, co-owners of the 2012 Ohio Tree Farm of the Year. Information can be found here.
    3. 2012 Paul Bunyan Show, October 5-7, Guernsey County Fairgrounds.


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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