Posted By John Dorka,
Friday, October 11, 2013
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|Paul Bunyan Show a Success!|
The 2013 Paul Bunyan Show was held during the traditional first weekend of
October. The 2013 show turned out to be a resounding success. It
was at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds for the 8th consecutive year
(hard to believe already). Preliminarily attendance this year was up
nearly 13% from last year and continues a 5-year trend with increasing
attendance. Based on gate counts, 9,742 attendees were at the show.
Weather for an outdoor trade is always important and this year, we were blessed
with outstanding weather, albeit unseasonably warm. When major portions
of Ohio were contending with heavy rains and severe weather over the weekend,
the show was virtually rain-free except for a brief heavy shower on Saturday
afternoon. The number of exhibitors was up over last year with a 13% increase.
Many exhibitors indicated either having good sales or generating good
contacts. This year the show featured the Sawmill Shootout conducted in
cooperation with the Sawmill and Woodlot magazine and 15 sawmills competed over
a 2-day period. The show also featured the Ohio (held Friday afternoon)
and International Lumberjack Competitions, the Log Loader Competition, and for
the first time, a skid steer rodeo on Sunday morning, and was a great start for
the first year. As added interest this year, Tigercat sponsored TV
personality Bobby Goodson from Swamp Loggers to attend the show, and he was
available to meet show attendees at various times throughout the weekend.
In addition, Central Power Systems hosted Miss DOLMAR, Brittney Leigh Glaze, at
its booth at the show who signed autographs and ball caps for attendees.
A full show report will be provided when all the information is compiled.
State Energy Law News
Senate Public Utilities Committee is currently reviewing legislation (SB 58) that
could substantively change the state’s renewable and energy efficiency
standards. Proposals in the bill include measures that would eliminate
the mandate for half of Ohio's required renewable energy; codify the method for
determining whether a utility has exceeded the 3% cost cap for renewable
energy; allow hydropower from Canada to qualify under the renewable energy
portfolio standards (RPS); allow more power-saving upgrades to be counted
toward the energy efficiency standards; create a streamlined process for large
industrial customers to opt-out of EE programs; and implement a new cost cap on
how much utilities could spend annually on those programs. The committee
held a hearing last week that drew a number of witnesses opposed to the changes
in the law that was enacted in 2008. Witnesses included the usual
environmental groups but also included businesses that have strong interest in
renewable energy. Meanwhile, the Ohio House is expected to begin
reviewing a companion version of SB 58 in about 2 weeks.
Truck Weight Reform Update
continues to work with the Coalition for Transportation Productivity (CTP) to
push for truck weight reform on U.S. highways. On October 1, the Freight
Movement Panel of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a
hearing on issues relating to multi-modal freight movement in and out of the
United States. At the hearing, an International Paper senior executive
provided testimony on what an increase in commercial truck GVW would mean to
the company. The testimony is outstanding and the best example I’ve seen
of the importance of a GVW change. Particularly compelling are the
arguments that the changes would increase efficiency and decrease company costs
and that they would complement rail transportation. Rail lobbying has
been particularly hard against any changes in commercial truck GVW and that has
always seemed unnecessary and counterproductive. This testimony makes
strong arguments for the importance of maintaining manufacturing competitiveness
while maintaining and even increasing safety on the roads. It is well
worth the time to take a look at this testimony. Also included in the
testimony is the importance of work to improve the nations shipping ports.
Article on BWC Premium Rebates for Businesses
We have reported on this action in the past, but here is an article
from the Toledo Blade on how well the premium rebate checks are being
received by local northwest Ohio businesses. This year, BWC announced
that due to favorable investment returns and improvement in reduced injury
losses, there would be a 3-pronged effort to provide businesses premium breaks
totaling $1.9 billion. The first involves a 2% premium break next year
for private employers (4% for public); a switch to prospective premium payments
in 2015 which involves paying for the coming period rather than for the period
already passed, which involves forgiving payments for what would have been the
previous period; and increasing the amount of grant money available for
improving workplace safety.
U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Stops Logging on
National Forests Due to Federal Shutdown
has announced that it has shut down 450 timber sales across the country
(including Ohio) due to the federal shutdown. Operators were apparently
contacted in writing and given 7 days to discontinue cutting and hauling. (Why
they can continue for 7 days and then be shut off makes no sense.) The
Wayne National Forest is taking the action and has reportedly shut down
harvests on the Ironton Ranger District. Wayne National was scheduled to
have a display at the Paul Bunyan Show but a staff member contacted OFA early
in the week before the show to advise that they could not attend.
US EPA Increases Pesticide Registration Fees
The U.S. EPA has announced that it is increasing the pesticide registration
service fees for pesticide applications by 5% beginning October 1, 2013.
The increase is for specific pesticide applications that will affect wood
preservative manufacturers and agricultural manufacturers. This federal register announcement contains the details of the fee increase and the
specific affected applications.
Wood Gaining Interest as Preferred Tall
Building Construction Material
Here is an interesting
article from the Science Section of the New York Times that talks about the
increasing interest among architects for using wood as a preferred
"environmentally friendly” construction material for tall buildings. For
so long, it seems that wood lost ground to other building materials like concrete
and steel with the false perception that it was not environmentally
friendly. It appears the tide may be turning. Some of The increased
interest comes from wood’s benefit at sequestering carbon and having a smaller
carbon emission footprint than carbon or steel. Regardless of how you
feel about the "climate change” debate, it is encouraging to see that the
positive environmental benefits of wood are being recognized. It is also
interesting to note that engineered wood has favorable characteristics in tall
buildings for resistance to earthquake and high wind damage.
Ohio Tree Farmer of the Year Tour, October
12, 2013; Amesville, Ohio at the Lavelle Family Tree Farm. See the Tree
Farm website for more information and schedule.
Forest Heritage Festival, October 18-19,
2013; Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. See the OFA
website for more details.
Northwest Ohio Logger Chapters Charter
Meeting, October 22, 2013, Findlay, Ohio. This is the organization
meeting for the newly-forming Northwest Ohio Loggers Chapter. All loggers
who may be interested in becoming a Master Logger and joining the chapter are
welcome to attend. There will be drinks and food at 5:30 followed by a
meeting at 6 pm to discuss details. The meeting will be held at the ODNR
District Office in Findlay. See the OFA
website for more information.
Best Management Practices Training, October
24, 2013, Scioto Trail State Forest. See the OFA
website to register and get more information.
CSAW Level 1 Chainsaw Training, October 25,
2013, Scioto Trail State Forest. See the OFA
website to register.
4-Day Lumber Grading Short Course/1-Day
Walnut Grading Short Course, November 4-8, 2013, Taylor Lumber Co., McDermott,
Ohio. There will be a 4-day lumber grading short course conducted by
NHLA Instructor Barry Kibbey from Nov. 4-7, followed by a separate 1-day walnut
grading short course on Nov. 8, 2013 at Taylor Lumber Co. in McDermott.
You are welcome to take either or both courses. If attending both,
separate registration is required. To
register, go to the OFA website. For those coming from a distance,
there is hotel information available.
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