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Timber Talk 11/3/14

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, November 4, 2014

OFA Responds to Toledo Blade Editorial
A couple weeks ago, the Toledo Blade ran an editorial bashing the Division of Forestry for state forest harvesting and stating that the forests should be left alone to develop more "old growth.” OFA felt that there were a number of inaccuracies in the editorial that begged a response. A response was printed over the last weekend, and the "highly abbreviated” version can be read here (see the third response down on the linked page). This is another lesson that newspapers and the media "have the last word” and the points that you make can often look and sound a lot different than stated or intended. It took several tries to get the response short enough to meet the Blade’s demands for a letter less than 300 words. But even then, the final version was revised and shortened by the editor to the version that was printed. One always hopes that these responses provide clarification and insight to a public not familiar enough with the issue.

Workshop: International Marketing for Forest Products Companies
Several private and public organizations including NHLA, the Center for Forest Products Business at Virginia Tech and the Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) among others is hosting a workshop titled International Marketing for Forest Products Companies on December 12 in Memphis, TN at NHLA. The workshop will focus on "Recent marketing intelligence information on specific global markets.” Hereis a flyer on the workshop. The workshop registration is $250. For more information contact Edgar Arias, Dept. of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech: email:
Governor Vows to Continue Fighting for Increased Oil and Gas Severance Tax
Earlier this year, the legislature passed HB 375 which imposed a 2.5% tax on gross receipts from horizontally fractured oil and gas wells. Even as the bill was passed, Governor Kasich criticized the increase as being too low. In addition, the Governor believes that there needs to be more "wellhead regulations.” Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) believes that the issue should be dealt with in a larger, overall tax reform effort.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Updating Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Quarantine
As part of a regular review process, ODA is updating the quarantine rules for the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA). HWA is currently quarantined in 23 states and quarantined in 6 Ohio counties (Hocking, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Vinton, Washington) where it has been found. Here are the draft rules and a list of states/countieswhere HWA is quarantined. There does not appear to be any substantive changes in the rules, mostly just clean-up language.

BWC News
The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) is proposing a rule change that would allow injured workers to put their first filled prescription on the agency’s table while their claim is being processed. The change is intended to help injured workers who don’t have insurance or cannot pay for the prescription. This proposed rule has been in discussion by the BWC Board for a few years. The proposal covers only prescriptions for work-related injuries and for 10 day supplies. This expedited process will allow payment for prescriptions before work cases have been approved by BWC. In the event that the case is not approved but the pharmacy has been reimbursed, the employer will not be charged for the cost. It will be paid by the BWC surplus fund.

Don’t Forget to Vote!
You may receive this after the close of the polls on November 4, but if not, please make sure to get out and vote. Regardless of your political leaning and interest, the opportunity to vote is one of the greatest privileges we have as Americans. It’s important that we exercise that privilege.

2015 OFA Annual Meeting, February 11-12, 2014, Dublin Embassy Suites

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