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Timber Talk 5/5/14

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, May 6, 2014

HB 515 (Timber Harvesting) to Get Sponsor Testimony on May 13
It appears that HB 515 sponsored by Rep. Ross McGregor (R-Springfield) which deals with the timber theft issue, will get sponsor introduction and testimony on May 13 in front of the House Agriculture, as reported by Committee Chairman Dave Hall at a recent legislative meeting. It appears that only sponsor testimony will take place that day, which means that opponent and proponent testimony will take place at a later date. Meetings with Committee members to discuss the bill have taken place and will continue to take place this week.

Ohio Leads Country Again for Tree City USA Program
For the 33rd year in a row, Ohio leads the country with the number of recognized Tree City USA communities. For 2014, there are 244 Tree City USA communities in Ohio, a recognition which is given by the National Arbor Day Foundation and administered in Ohio by the ODNR, Division of Forestry. Half of everyone living in Ohio lives in a Tree City USA. In order for a community to achieve the award, it must have a tree care program which includes having a community ordinance for trees, fund a tree care program with at least $2 per capita, have a voluntary advisory committee to help oversee the program, and celebrate an arbor day community program, including a mayoral proclamation. Here is a brief article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on the program. You can see a list of Ohio Tree City USA communities here.

Paul Bunyan Show Archives
Not long ago, OFA received copies of two previous Paul Bunyan Show programs, one from 1970 when the show was at the Ohio State Fairgrounds and another when the show started at Hocking College in 1974. After receiving these, we thought it would be helpful to create an archive of past Paul Bunyan Show programs as well as any other information from past shows. OFA has a copy of the first Paul Bunyan Show Program in 1957 when the show started in McArthur (Vinton County) and has copies of the more recent shows. But programs from many of the shows in between are lacking. If anyone has show programs from over the years OFA would like to have copies.

Northern Long-Eared Bat Proposed as Endangered Species
Last fall, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) proposed that the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) be placed on the endangered species list, largely as a result of declining populations due to white-nosed syndrome. Following the issuance of that proposal, USF&WS further issued an interim management guidance that contains management recommendations on what they believe should be done to protect the species. OFA and forestry interests need to pay particular attention to this guidance, as well as other actions on the bat, as they could have a profound impact on forest management on both public and private lands in the bat range, which is essentially the eastern half of North America. Here is a statement of concern from a coalition of Department of Natural Resource agencies from Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin sent to the USF&WS over the potential impact of management restrictions on public and private woodlands. You should review that statement as it describes appropriately the potential impact of the endangered species listing. One of the compelling points of concern is that although the bat decline stems from disease problems, the recommendations impose major restrictions on forest management actions.

Upcoming Events

Forest and Wood Products Export Conference, May 13, 2014, OSU South Centers, Piketon, Ohio. The conference is free and runs from 9 AM to 2 PM, and includes lunch and refreshments. It is designed for those in the industry who work in exporting and anyone who may be interested in starting or growing an exporting business. Featured presenter will be Mike Snow, Executive Director of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) talking about the current market status of hardwood exporting. See the brochure here.

Logging Standards Council Meeting, May 13, 2014, OFA Office, Columbus.

OFA Board Meeting, May 14, 2014, OFA Office, Columbus.

OFA Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, June 8-13, 2014, FFA Camp Muskingum.

Lumber Grading Short Course, June 9-12, 2014, Millersburg, Ohio (Yoder Lumber Company, Inc. Buckhorn Mill).

Forest Heritage Festival, August 9, 2014, Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds.

OWIN Summer Meeting, July 23-24, 2014, Holiday Inn Portsmouth, Golf at The Elks (McDermott) and Clay Shoot at Anderson's Sporting Clays (Lucasville).

Lumberman’s Outing, September 10, 2014, The Pines Golf Course (Orrville) and the Lost Birds Sporting Clays (Fredericksburg).

Paul Bunyan Show, October 3-5, 2014, Guernsey County Fairgrounds.

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