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Timber Talk 9/8/14

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Monday, September 08, 2014

Lumberman’s Outing, September 10, 2014
The Lumberman’s Outing is set to take place on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. It appears that we will have a good turn-out. But it is still not too late to register. You can do so on-line or simply call Gayla or Pam at the OFA office, 614-497-9580. The clay shoot at the Lost Bird Sporting Clays in Fredericksburg will start at 9:30 am with registration opening at 9 am. Golfing at The Pines Golf Course in Orrville starts at 10 am with registration opening at 9 am. Go to the OFA website for more information and last minute registration.

Comments Filed on the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB)
A coalition of 53 forestry associations and forestry trade organizations filed a joint statement on the impact of the NLEB on forestry and forest management. You can read the statement posted on the website of the Forest Resource Association. The statement focuses on the impact to forestry activities within the NLEB range and identifies a number of inconsistencies and contradictions with listing the species as endangered. Of particular note is that the problem with NLEB is the white-nosed syndrome and not with habitat loss. In fact, evidence indicates that the bat thrives within managed woodlands. Major restrictions of management activities may in fact hurt this and other species of concern. It would be worth a few minutes to read the statement.

APHIS Creates New Website for Lacey Act Electronic Declarations
Importers of products who typically file paper declarations under the Lacey Act can now submit their paperwork electronically at a new APHIS website. It is called the Lacey Act Web Governance Systems (LAWGS). Click on the link to see the website. Use of the site requires the "USDA eAuthentication” to access the portal.

Ohio EPA May Change Wetland and Stream Permit Process for Pipelines, Roads and Coal Mines
The Ohio EPA is considering changes to the permitting process required for disturbances to wetlands and waterways. The EPA is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the changes to both the state and federal permitting process. Ohio EPA indicates that the changes are proposed to simply the permitting process. Here is a brief article from the Columbus Dispatch on the issue.

Wood Products Council Launches New Website
The Wood Products Council launched a new website at www.woodworks.org. The site is designed to offer education and one-on-one project assistance to architects, engineers, builders, and others involved in construction on the benefits of wood in construction, particularly from the standpoint of cost-effectiveness and sustainability. WoodWorks is an initiative of the Wood Products Council and a host of North American Wood Associations to provide assistance for the development of non-residential wood buildings.

How Forest Inventory Relates to Wood Supply
Here is a short article from Forest2Market talking about the relationship between total forest inventory volumes and commercial harvest volumes. I think most of this is intuitive, but it briefly discusses why harvest in the largest and most commercially valuable timber may be significantly below sustainable harvest levels.

Passing of Linda (DeBloom) Zipf
OFA learned of the passing of former OFA Executive Director Linda (DeBloom) Zipf. She passed away on September 3, 2014 at the Hospice Care of Volusia County at Oceanview Nursing Home in New Smyrna, FL. She was 71 years old. Linda had served as the Executive Director from 1982 – 1986. Services are being held on Monday, September 8, 2014 at Glenrest Memorial Estate, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. You can read her obituaryin the Columbus Dispatch.

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