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Timber Talk 7/21/14

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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
    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
    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 RedouteyBlind Draw - 2nd Place1 Denny Facemyer

    2 Martin McCutcheon

    2 Desmond Johnston
    Low Gross - 1st Place
    Mike Glockner
    Low Net - 1st PlaceRick Frame
    Low Gross - 2nd Place
    Ralph HeffnerLow Net - 2nd PlaceMartin McCutcheon
    Low Gross - 3rd Place
    Jake Nutt
    Low Net - 3rd PlaceCharlie Stahl
  • The following were the winners in the clay shoot:
    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 Discounts
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 Trends
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:

  • U.S. cabinet manufacturing remains globally competitive but closely tied to housing markets;
  • U.S. hardwood lumber exports remain strong (especially to Asia)
  • U.S. maintaining a positive hardwood trade balance (excluding furniture)
  • U.S. furniture imports continue to increase (especially from China) relative to production
  • Hardwood 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 Breakfast Club
Meets on Forestry Issues, August 12, 2014

The Ohio 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
you 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, 2014
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).

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