Posted By Gayla Fleming,
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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H.R. 5201, Right to Haul Act
Within the last couple of weeks, Cong. Steve Southerland (R-FL) introduced the Right to Haul Act, H.R. 5201 which proposes to extend state truck limits to federal highways which is particularly targeted to help agricultural and forestry haulers that are often most affected by inconsistent state and federal truck weight regulations. If passed, the bill would allow weight tolerances now granted under state law to apply to federal interstate highways. You can read a copy of a news release provided by the American Loggers Council here. You can get more information on the bill and read a summary on the Congress.govwebsite. OFA is supportive of this legislation and will work with other logging and hauling interests as it works its way through Congress.
Wood Education and Resource Center Update
You can read the July 29 issue of the WERC Update by clicking on the link. This is a short one but includes Don Deckard’s Wood Markets Monthly report. You can also access Urs Buehlmann’s Virginia Tech Housing Reports.
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) 2014 Sustainability Report
You can link to the AF&PA 2014 Sustainability Reportand see how member companies are progressing with meeting sustainability goals for the industry. Goals relate to paper product recycling, energy efficiency, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, increasing certified fiber sourcing, improved employee safety measures, and reductions in water use.
Truck Weight Study "Technical Report” Due Soon
In 2012, Congress authorized a Truck Weight and Size Study to be undertaken before taking any action on the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act, which proposed to increase truck weights on federal highways to 97,000# with the addition of a 6th axle. The full report is due in November, 2014, but it appears that a "Technical Report” which would include data and preliminary evaluations from the study team will be released in August. Some believe that the report will contain recommendations that will be favorable to revising the law. When the Technical Report becomes available, we will pass it along to OFA members.
FRA Appalachian Regional Meeting, September 16-18, 2014, Parkersburg, WV
The Forest Resource Association Appalachian Region is holding its fall meeting in Parkersburg, WV at the Blennarhassett Hotel from Sept. 16-18. Rick Meyer, FRA Appalachian and Southwide Region Manager, is inviting OFA members to attend the meeting and is offering registrations at the FRA member rate. You can register on-lineat the FRA website and get meeting information on the agenda and other arrangements. The meeting will include a Forestry Field Tour on Wednesday, September 17 that will include a visit to the Superior Hardwoods of Ohio sawmill in Barlow, a stop at the Globe Metallurgical Plant in Beverly, and a visit to an in-woods chipping operation.
Other Upcoming Events:
- Forest Heritage Festival, August 9, 2014, Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. Everyone come and enjoy the Forest Heritage Festival this weekend at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. Only one day this year on Saturday, August 9. Don’t miss the live 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 Gayla at OFA, 614-497-9580.
- Farm Science Review, September 18-20, 2014, Molly Caren Agricultural Center, London, Ohio
- 2014 Ohio Tree Farm of the Year Tour, September 20, 2014, Coldwell Family Tree Farm, Salineville, Ohio.
- Paul Bunyan Show, October 3-5, 2014, Guernsey County Fairgrounds.
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