Posted By Gayla Fleming,
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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OWIN Summer Meeting Recap
The OWIN Summer Meeting took place this past week and there was a good networking opportunity for those who could attend the event. In spite of early rain on Thursday which cooled the day down, the weather turned out good for shooting on the links or stations. A total of 120 participated in all or parts of the gathering, which started on Wednesday with an afternoon tour of Shawnee State Forest hosted by the Division of Forestry during which participants could view some of the extensive work the Division has undertaken in response to significant "fire and ice” events on the forest. This was followed by an enjoyable reception at the Portsmouth Brewing Company located at the end of the Portsmouth Floodwall Murals, with participants having the chance to taste a variety of locally crafted beers. The following day was the usual golf and clay shooting at the Portsmouth Elks Country Club in McDermott and Anderson’s Sporting Clays in Lucasville. Many thanks to our sponsors for the events:
- Wednesday Reception – ITL and Murphy Tractor and Equipment Co.
- Thursday Reception – Glatfelter and Yoder Lumber Co.
- Golf Beverages – Superior Hardwoods of Ohio, Inc.
- Clay Shoot Beverages – Ray H. Miller Logging DBA McKay Hardwoods
- Golf Hole Sponsors:
|A&M Hardwoods Ltd.||Crownover Lumber Co., Inc.||River Valley Hardwoods|
|American Lumber||Glatfelter||Rudd Equipment Co.|
|Brenneman Lumber Co.||Haessly Hardwood Lumber Co.||Salamanca Lumber Co.|
|Brown Forest Products||Interforest Lumber||Superior Hardwoods Of Ohio|
|Buckeye Resources||Mullican Flooring||Twin River Hardwoods|
|Columbus Equipment Co. ||Murphy Tractor||Yoder Lumber Company, Inc.|
|Ray H. Miller Logging/DBA McKay Hardwoods|
- Clay Station Sponsors:
|American Lumber||Glatfelter||Ray H. Miller Logging|
|Brenneman Lumber Co.||Interforest Lumber||Ricart Ford|
|Columbia Flooring||Murphy Tractor||Rudd Equipment Co.|
|Columbus Equipment Company||Yoder Lumber Company, Inc.|
- The following were the winners on the golf course:
|Blind Draw - 1st Place||1 Ryan Redoutey||Blind Draw - 2nd Place||1 Denny Facemyer|
|2 Martin McCutcheon||2 Desmond Johnston|
|Low Gross - 1st Place ||Mike Glockner||Low Net - 1st Place||Rick Frame|
|Low Gross - 2nd Place||Ralph Heffner||Low Net - 2nd Place||Martin McCutcheon|
|Low Gross - 3rd Place ||Jake Nutt||Low Net - 3rd Place||Charlie Stahl|
- The following were the winners in the clay shoot:
|Champion||Greg Hykes||Runner up||Travis Thompson|
|Class A ||Class B||Class C||Class D|
|1st - Tony Machamer||1st - Noah Mechling ||1st - Rich Miller||1st - Bryan Feicht |
|2nd - Gene Walters||2nd - Bobby Brown||2nd - Shawn Gragg ||2nd - Jim Stafford|
HB 515, Forest
Management, Still Before the House
At the OFA Board Meeting during the summer outing, the Board received an update
on the status of HB 515,
the bill dealing with timber theft and forest management which had been
introduced by Rep. Ross McGregor (R-Springfield) before the summer
break. The 130th General Assembly will sunset at the end of
the year and with elections coming up, there will be an abbreviated hearing
schedule by legislative committees. However, the Board was advised that
it is likely the bill will have more hearings during the remaining
session. OFA will continue to work with key House members to apprise them
of our thoughts and concerns with the bill.
BWC Settles Lawsuit Against Unlawful Premium
Last week, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) CEO Steve
Buehrer reached a $420 million settlement with a group of plaintiffs who filed
suit over BWC granting excessive premium discounts to employers participating
in group rating programs. The amount of the settlement is less than the
$860 million that BWC was directed to pay in the first trial court ruling in
2013 and is less than the $650 million an appeals court judge awarded to
plaintiffs earlier this year. It is estimated that approximately 200,000
businesses will be eligible to file a claim in the settlement. BWC
changed its approach to premium discounts in 2009 following the filing of the
lawsuit. At one time, premium discounts exceeded 90% of base rates and
now are in the 50% range.
Upcoming Elections Look for Republicans to
Hold/Increase Lead in the Legislature
The Gongwer Statehouse Report
is indicating that the elections this fall prior to the 131st
General Assembly look good for the Republicans to maintain their current lead
in both chambers with possibilities of picking up even more seats.
Available campaign funds for Republicans also dwarfs Democratic coffers by a
ratio of more than 15:1 in dollars. There are 15 seats that both
the Republicans and Democrats feel are closer calls and you can take a look at
those on this summary sheet from the Gongwer Report. The
Districts include the 5th, 6th, 7th, 16th, 19th, 28th, 36th, 43rd, 50th, 55th, 60th, 79th, 95th, 98th and 99th.
U.S. Housing Markets Cools in June
New home housing sales for June of this year fell 8.1% from May and were down
11.5% from June 2013, according to the Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development. In pure numbers, new housing sales totaled
406,000, when it was 459,000 in June 2013. This brief article in Woodworking Network indicates that home remodeling is
expected to see a downturn in late 2015 after hitting a peak in late
2014. Prior to the recession, home construction accounted for about 5% of
the U.S. economy, while now it has fallen to about 3% of the economy.
National and Global Forest Products Market
Along the lines of housing markets, Matt Bumgardner, Research
Forest Products Technologist with the US Forest Service Northern Research
Station in Delaware, Ohio recently gave this presentation to
the Ohio Society of American Foresters at their summer meeting. The slide
presentation presents among a number of issues the impact of the housing market
on various hardwood product sectors. The presentation is worth a review but
here a few key summary items contained in the presentation:
cabinet manufacturing remains globally competitive but closely tied to housing
hardwood lumber exports remain strong (especially to Asia)
maintaining a positive hardwood trade balance (excluding furniture)
furniture imports continue to increase (especially from China) relative to
lumber production increasing rapidly in China
International Trade of U.S. Hardwood Lumber
and Logs, 1990-2013
In addition to the previous presentation, Matt
Bumgardner co-authored with Bill Luppold a report on hardwood log
and lumber exports from 1990 through 2013 prepared for the Hardwood Market
Report and included here. The report examines the
import and export of hardwood logs over a 23 year period looking at the source
and receiving countries and the balance of trade between the countries.
This report details the growth of log and lumber exports over the period of
time with discussion about changes in the market in more recent years. It
concludes that given the U.S. advantage with hardwood resource and production
capabilities, it should continue with a solidly positive balance of trade with
Asian countries in the foreseeable future.
ODNR Division of Forestry State Forest Open
Houses, July 29 and 31, 2014
The Division of Forestry is hosting a
series of open houses to present 2015 plans for State Forest Management to
public interests. The first Open House will be at the Maumee State Forest
Headquarters on July 29, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Then there will be
sessions on July 31 at the Chillicothe Forestry Office from 4:30 to 7:00 pm for
the southern state forests, and then a session the same day at the ODOT
District Office in New Philadelphia from 4:00 to 7:00 pm for the remaining
northern state forests. You can get more information about the Open
Houses on the DOF homepage.
OSU Environmental Professionals Network
Meets on Forestry Issues, August 12, 2014
State University Environmental Professional Network (EPN) hosts an ongoing
series of breakfast club discussions on a broad range of environmental
issues. On August 12, the EPN breakfast gathering will discuss "Pests
and Invasives, Fragmentation, Changing Markets – Do Ohio’s Forests Need
Foresters or Magicians?” The session, which meets from 7:15
am – 9:30 am at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on OSU campus,
will be a panel discussion moderated by ODNR Deputy Director and DOF Chief
Bob Boyles and will include panelists Dave Apsley, OSU Extension
Natural Resource Specialist; Matt Bumgardner, Research Forest Products
Technologist, USDA Forest Service; and Stephen Matthews, Research Asst.
Professor with OSU’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. There
is a $15 fee to attend the session if paid by credit card / $10 with a check
and is open to anyone who wishes to attend. You can register on-line at
the EPNwebsite. OFA has agreed to co-sponsor the event.
North Carolina Forest Owners Named 2014
National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year
Judy and Dwight Batts
of Macclesfield, North Carolina were named the 2014 National Outstanding Tree Farmers
of the Year at the recent National Tree Farmer Convention in Pittsburgh.
The Batts own 375 acres of certified woodlands. You can read more about
the award in this AmericanTree Farm System News Release. The release also contains a short
5-minute video about the Tree Farmers and their property.
SOFA August Newsletter
can find the August Newsletter from the Southern Ohio Forestland
Association. This is a brief newsletter that contains information on the
last general meeting during which Nancy Stranahan from the Highlands Sanctuary
and Arc of Appalachia gave a presentation about the work on property as well as
brief notes about upcoming meetings.
Coming Up: Lumberman’s Outing, September 10,
With the OWIN Summer Meeting now history, you can have another
chance to participate in networking and fundraising opportunity in the north
central part of the state in early September with the annul Lumberman’s Outing
on September 10, 2014. This has become a traditional fund raising event
to assist members and families of the lumber and wood industry. There is
a golf event at The Pines Golf Course in Orrville and a Sporting Clay Shoot at
Lost Bird Sporting Clays in Fredericksburg. All proceeds of the event
will go to the Charm Share ‘N Care and directed toward special needs for those
involved in the wood industry. You can registeron-line and get more information or contact OFA to put in your
registration. Hole and Clay station sponsorships are also welcome, as well as door prize donations (your companies logo items are perfect door prizes).
Other Upcoming Events:
- Forest Heritage Festival, August 9, 2014, Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds.
Note the new date and time for the event. It will be only one day this
year on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Come and enjoy the event and don’t miss
the auction that raises funds for the Akron Children’s Hospital. It’s
always a wonderful event.
- Lumber Grading Short Course, August 25-28, 2014. The class is
starting to fill, but there is still opportunity to register for those
interested in the short course. Register on-line or contact OFA at,
- Farm Science Review, September
18-20, 2014, Molly Caren Agricultural Center, London, Ohio
- 2014Ohio Tree Farm of the Year Tour, September 20, 2014, Coldwell Family Tree Farm,Salineville, Ohio.
- Paul Bunyan Show, October3-5, 2014, Guernsey County Fairgrounds.
- OFA Board of Directors Meeting, November 12, 2014 at the OFA office in Columbus.
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