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Weekly News 10/10/12

Posted By John Dorka, Thursday, October 11, 2012
Ohio Forestry Association

Weekly News 10.10.12

In this issue:

  • Paul Bunyan Show Wrap-Up - The 56th running of the Paul Bunyan Show is now history and we have had another successful show. The following are brief bullets on the show:
    1. Attendance - Attendance this year was just slightly higher than the 2011 show. This year, 8,643 people attended the show, 67 higher than in 2011. That’s less than a 1% increase.
    2. Changing weather - Friday started out with outstanding weather, but overnight rains followed by a Saturday cold front brought cold and tough conditions early Saturday. However, the skies cleared and the afternoon was great but cool. Sunday was cloudy and cold and it appears attendance which was on the upswing was held down. Weather in 2011 was as good as we could ever expect. Given more seasonal weather this year, attendance was acceptably good.
    3. Exhibitor reaction - Surveys have not yet been completed, but anecdotal information from general discussions with exhibitors indicates that they were generally satisfied with attendance and sales. Saturday was a better day than Friday, and Sunday was typical with the smallest crowds and most attendees having a consumer focus.
    4. Redesigned exhibits for chipping and grinding - We redesigned the north end of the grounds to create safe operating zones for the chippers and grinders. Early comments are that the arrangement worked very well and created much safer conditions. However, the re-design changed other road and booth arrangements that must be modified next year.
    5. Fox and Friends at PBS - A great surprise for the PBS, meteorologist Rick Reichmuth, with the Fox News program Fox and Friends, broadcast live from the Paul Bunyan Show on Saturday, October 6, from 6 – 10. Fox contacted OFA several weeks before the show and after numerous logistics discussions, we received confirmation of their attendance Thursday before the show. Over the 4 hour period, there were 8 live weather forecasts with Rick highlighting a number of events at the show and him climbing trees, throwing axes, crosscutting a log, a tree felling competition, and the log rolling entertainment.
    6. Romney Campaign Bus at the show - In another surprise, we had been contacted by the Romney campaign about staging the bus at the show on Sunday, October 7. Unfortunately, for many of the show attendees who hoped to greet the candidates, neither Gov. Romney nor Cong. Ryan was in the bus. Here is a picture of the bus at the show.
    7. 1st Great Firewood Shootout - The PBS hosted the Great Firewood Shootout conducted by Sawmill and Woodlot Magazine. There were a large number of companies participating in the event which required conducting 2 heats on both Friday and Saturday.
    8. Many volunteers - We had a great showing of volunteer support this year from OFA members. Several of our key, regular volunteers could not attend for a number of personal or business reasons this year. But we had many people step up to help out. We extend our sincere thanks to all who volunteered time at the show this year.
    9. Feedback for the show appreciated - Any OFA members or others with thoughts and suggestions for the show, please pass them along to us. In the next month or so, we’ll complete a show evaluation as we make plans for 2013.

  • News on Energy Severance Tax Proposal - A report from Opportunity Ohio, a conservative think tank focused on public policy and economic development, issued a report this week indicates that the proposed severance tax on gas and oil proposed by the Governor Kasich will stymie Ohio’s energy development. The report goes on to say that the taxes collected, which would then reduce income tax for Ohioans, may in fact cause more harm than good. The report further states that the US EPA "war on coal” is hurting demand for Ohio coal. You can read the report here.
  • Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Workshop in November - A host of sponsors including the Division of Forestry (DOF), OSU Extension, OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and US Forest Service announced a workshop on Hemlock Wooly Adelgid will be held November 15, 2012, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, at the DOF Office in Athens. The workshop is intended for forest land managers and other land management personnel. Here is a flyer on the workshop. Registration is requested. There is no fee.
  • Green Labeling Article Talks About True Costs of Certification - Here is an editorial from which takes aim at restrictive forest certification programs. The editorial is written by an economist with the American Consumer Institute. It is critical of approaches like those from government agencies or the LEED program that prohibit all but a single certification program. It is worth a quick read.

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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