Posted By John Dorka,
Friday, April 5, 2013
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Weekly News 4.1.13
In this issue:
- Ohio Statehouse News - The
legislature was off last week due to the Easter break and there was little
information coming from the Statehouse. I did learn however that Senator
Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) has introduced Senate Bill 94 to designate
an Ohio Forest Products Awareness Week during the first week of October,
to coincide with the Paul Bunyan Show activities. This should be very
simple and non-contentious legislation to go through the Senate and the
House. I’ll keep you informed of the status as it makes its way through
the legislature. Our hope is to have it passed in time for this year’s
- BWC News - News from the Bureau of
Workers Compensation and the CCI, the OFA Group Safety Administrator can be found here. The first news release contains information on the April 26deadline for companies interested in applying for the CCI Group Retrospective
Rating Program. Those companies interested in the program and wishing to
receive a quote on premium costs can contact CCI at 800-837-3200. The
other press release has information on safety seminars that will be offered in
April around Ohio. All 5 topics will be covered in day-long workshops and
include training on: Keys to Lowering Claims Costs; OSHA Regulation
Change on Hazard Communication; Hearing Representation – Legal vs.
Laymen; Vocational Rehabilitation; and Rates and Underwriting:
Retrospective Group and Traditional Group Rating. The dates and
locations are: April 19 – Cleveland; April 22 – Cincinnati/Dayton; April 23
– Columbus; April 25 – Canton; and April 26 – Toledo. There is a $40
fee for each seminar, which include a continental breakfast and lunch for
all attendees. Attending these sessions fulfills BWC’s group 2-hour
safety training requirements for policy year 2012 for group-rated and
group retrospective employers with a claim in 2011.
- Timber Theft Workshop for Ross County Deputy
Sheriffs - OFA is working with the Division of Forestry (DOF) to
conduct a timber theft and trespass workshop for a group of Ross County Deputy
Sheriffs on April 12 at Scioto Trail State Forest. The workshop request
resulted following an incident in Ross County where a landowner fired a gun at
a logging contractor (and an OFA member) due to a boundary line dispute.
The Sheriff arrested the landowner, but in the process learned about the
complexity of timber theft and trespass issues through the investigation.
The Sheriff asked the DOF if some training could be provided on the
issue. OFA will assist DOF with the presentation.
- Asian Longhorned Beetle News -USDA APHIS and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture has announced in a press
release that the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) has been eradicated from the
state. In a rare instance of the fight against invasive species, this is
a battle that has been won, at least for the moment, although it was waged for
10 years. Among the many invasive pests that have hit the country,
virtually all of which have defied control and eradication efforts, the Asian
Longhorned Beetle is one that appears to offer some hope for removal.
Efforts to fight the ALB in southwestern Ohio continue, and you can read a status
report here. Battles continue to be waged in Massachusetts and New
Endorses Inclusive Approach to Forest Certification - Recently,
Mississippi joined 3 other states (Maine, Georgia, and Oregon) in requiring
that green building standards employed in state building projects cannot
restrict the type of forest certification used to certify wood products.
Currently, LEED Green Building Standards allow only wood certified by FSC to
earn credits through the program. The new Mississippi law, as those in the
other 3 states, prevent that type of restriction. As a result, if LEED
standards do not become more open, the standards cannot be used to certify
green building in state funded projects. This action parallels others to
make sure that all third-party verified forest certification systems are
treated equally in green building and other environmental standards. You
can take a look at this page
on the SFI website that characterizes the extent to which efforts have been
directed at state, national, and international levels to insure equal treatment
for all forest certification systems.
- Ohio Woodland Journal Wins Publication Award - Word came down last week that the Ohio Woodland Journal (OWJ) is the recipient
of the Publication Award from the Environmental Education Council of
Ohio. The award is given for significant contribution to the public
understanding of environmental issues. The OWJ editors will receive the
award on April 13 at a ceremony at the Mohican State Park Lodge.
- American Forest Foundation Seeks Donor Coordinator - The American Forest Foundation (AFF) which oversees the
American Tree Farm System would like to hire a Donor Coordinator in the
Washington DC area to oversee fundraising strategies and activities for the
Foundation. You can find more information on the position and complete an
BMP Training - Thursday, April 4, 2013; Tappan Lake Park, Deersville. Registration
is still open. You can do it on-line or call OFA at 614-497-9580.
Theft and Trespass Workshop, April 12, 2012, Scioto Trail State
Forest. Attendance limited to Ross County Deputy Sheriffs.
and Wood Products Export Conference - Thursday, April 25, OSU South Centers
Endeavor Center, Piketon. Registration information can be found here.
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