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Weekly News 10/29/12

Posted By John Dorka, Monday, October 29, 2012
Ohio Forestry Association

Weekly News 10/29/12

In this issue:

  • Northwest Ohio Loggers Chapter Review Meeting - Last week, OFA staff met with a small but interested group of loggers and a wood manufacturing representative to discuss the possibility of the Master Logging Company Program growing in northwest Ohio. Currently there is no Loggers’ Chapter in that part of the state. The meeting involved a review of the program and an excellent follow-up discussion on opportunities for getting more companies involved in the Master Logging Company Program and possibly starting a chapter. OFA thanks John Schulte (Schulte Logging), Bill Metzger (Metzger’s Hardwood Sawmill) and Tom Bartman (Care Caskets) for attending the meeting and sharing their interests, as well as Mike Wagner (Wagner Sawmill) who could not attend but expressed interest.
  • BWC News – Transitional Work Grants Still Available / BWC Training - CareWorks Consultants, Inc. (CCI) is advising OFA that BWC still has money available to fund Transitional Work Grants. The grant money is available for companies to hire a professional transitional work developer to assist with the development of policies, procedures, and practices that focus on early return to work for injured employees. The grant will pay for 75% of the costs to develop a program. In addition, BWC offers a Transitional Work Bonus Program that can offer companies who successfully participate in the Transitional Work Program. The bonus program can make companies eligible for up to 10% savings of premiums. This document provides more information on the program, including contact information at CCI. Here is the presentation OFA staff received at the recent training for associations sponsoring Group Rating Safety Programs. It is a combination of a group of presentations and only a portion may be of interest. It has information on the Oil and Gas Industry Worker’s Compensation Issues, the Grow Ohio program, an update on the Destination Excellence Programs (Go Green, Lapse Free, Drug Free Safety Program, Safety Council, Industry Specific Safety Program, Transitional Work Bonus Program), the Workplace Wellness Grant Program, Safety Intervention Grant Program, and the Wholesale-Retail Trade Material Handling Grant Program (to fund and special equipment to reduce injuries from material handling).
  • Coming Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Webinars / Green Building Article in the USA Today:
    1. Webinar on SFI Update on LEED 5th Comment Period. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is going through a 5th comment period to update the LEED green building standards, which will conclude December 10. The standards relating to forest certification have not changed and continue to limit certified wood to FSC or a "USGBC-approved equivalent.” However, USGBC currently has no process or criteria in place to approve and equivalent. Learn more about this issue by participating in the webinar which will take place Thursday, November 1, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. You can click here to register. Concerning this issue, the USA Today wrote a very critical article on the green building industry and what LEED standards are really doing. In response to that article, Tom Martin, President and CEO of the American Forest Foundation wrote a response to the article on the benefits of wood and how LEED discriminates against it.
    2. Webinar on European Union Timber Regulation. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is hosting a free webinar on the new European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) which prohibits illegally harvested timber from being brought in EU countries. The webinar will take place Thursday, November 8, from 11:00 am to noon. You can click here to register.
  • USDA Federal Register Notice: Information Collection Forms on USFS National Forest Advertised Timber Sales - The USDA Forest Service is reviewing its advertised timber sale process and has issued a federal register notice for a request for comments on the process. Here is the federal register notice. The notice is specifically interested in getting feedback on Information Collection forms for timber sales under $10,000 and over $10,000. USDA wants to know if the requested information is necessary at all, the accuracy of the proposed collection of information, ways to improve quality, and ways to make filling out forms easier on respondents.

  • Master Logging Company Certification Training - This past week, certification training classes on BMPs and Chainsaw Safety were held at Scioto Trail State Forest. There were 13 attendees in both classes. As always we thank the BMP instructors (Jeff Jenkins (Glatfelter), Dave Apsley (OSU Extension), Kevin Yost (Pike SWCD), and Greg Guess (DOF)) and Chainsaw instructor Ryan Redoutey for their continued great work.

  • SOFA November Newsletter - Here is the November Newsletter from the Southern Ohio Forestland Association. In this issue there is information on the October general meeting held at Ramie and Betsy Pierson’s Farm, Chairman Wayne Oney’s comments, and information on upcoming events, seminars and meetings

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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