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Timber Talk 7/14/14

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, July 15, 2014

OWIN Summer Meeting, July 23-24, 2014
Time To Register! Next week is the OWIN summer meeting, starting on Wednesday afternoon, July 23 in Portsmouth and going through Thursday, July 24. Wednesday will start with an afternoon tour of Shawnee State Forest hosted by the Division of Forestry and followed by an OWIN reception at the Portsmouth Brewing Company not far from the Holiday Inn in Portsmouth. On Thursday, we will have a golf outing at the Elks County Club in McDermott and a sporting clay shoot at Anderson’s in Lucasville followed by a steak dinner and awards at the country club in the afternoon. Registration can be done on-line. A faxable form can be found here. Those wishing to sponsor can contact Gayla by email. Anyone wishing to donate door prizes to be given out during the OWIN Reception and Awards Banquet on Thursday. Your company logo items are great for door prize donations!

OFA Signs Coalition Letter on Clean Water Act (CWA) Jurisdiction
A group of 13 Ohio associations including OFA jointly signed a letter to Congressabout our concerns over a proposed rule that would re-define federal authority over "navigable waters” and would effectively make virtually any area with a hydrologic connection, including man-made ditches, under CWA control. Our organizations along with many around the country believe that this is a broad over-reach by the U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers and would cause considerable harm to our agricultural, commodity, and construction materials businesses and interests. The letter will be sent to all Ohio Congressional members and will be hand-delivered by representatives from the National Stone Sand and Gravel Association.
Farm and Dairy Article on OFA CSAW Training and Chainsaw Safety
Last week, Farm and Dairy Newspaper writer Chris Kick did an outstanding article on the OFA CSAW Custom chainsaw safety class offered at the OSU Mansfield campus on June 20. The writer attended the class and reported on what he learned and observed with CSAW instructor Ed Faris.
20th Report of SFI National Logger Training
Here for your review is Twentieth Report on the Status of Logger Training and Education (LT&E) Programs in 35 Forested U.S. States & 6 Canadian Provinces per the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and prepared by the Forest Resource Association. The report compiles the logger training and education accomplishments of 35 U.S. states (including Ohio) and 6 Canadian Provinces. The numbers are impressive with 7,533 loggers receiving complete LT&E training while another 24,097 received some type of training during 2013. The report shows the remarkable strides that have been accomplished over the last 20 years with logger education and training through the SFI program.
More Emerald Ash Borer News
The New York Times recently ran an article on Emerald Ash Borer impacts in eastern hardwood forests and talked about several other invasive species affecting our woodlands. Not a whole lot of good news to go around here, but mostly information many already know.
Not Many Young People Interested in Logging Careers
Here is a newspaper article out of Green Bay, Wisconsin about the low interest among the younger generation in a career in logging. Of course, this is a message that many have heard for a while now too. An interesting note in the article is that more wood is being consumed every year yet use of wood has a chronically negative perception among people in general
House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Passes Fiscal Year 2015 Funding Bill
Funding recommendations for private land forestry programs in the 2015 federal fiscal year was passed through the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee last week. The bill was a mixed bag of appropriation levels with the important Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA) which analyzes the nation’s private forests on a periodic basis getting considerably more money than the administration requested. On the other hand, funding for private woodlands through Forest Stewardship and Forest Health was below administrative requests by nearly 10%. The recommendations must still go through the full House Interior Committee before getting voted on by the House and it appears it will have a tough way to passed as is.
Ohio Ends Year With Substantial Budget Surplus
Ohio completed fiscal year 2014 with an $800 million surplus due largely to underspending in Medicaid and increase in tax revenues of approximately $175 million more than fiscal year 2013. State Office of Budget and Management also reports that there was underspending on other areas including education, debt service, general government and property tax reimbursements. Although total revenues were slightly higher last year, personal income taxes in FY 2014 were $1.442 billion or 15.2% less than FY 2013. Sales taxes grew by more than $700 million in FY 2014.

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