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Timber Talk 12/22/14

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Woodland Owners: Try the Free About My Woods App for your I-phone
Here is a product that might be beneficial to woodland owners interested in learning more about the management of their woodlands. It is a cell-phone app for woodland owners developed through a joint project of the Northeast State Foresters Association. Here is the description of the app provided to us:

 

About the App

 

  • Developed to help family forest landowners learn more about their land and connect to professionals who can help them, About My Woods is a great way to connect with the information that landowners need.
  • One of the unique features of the app is the ability of a landowner to pinpoint a spot on the map – either where they are located or any other spot in the region – and access maps and information specific to that location.
  • Maps include soils, land cover type, watershed and satellite view, providing users with instant and mobile access to information specific to individual parcels and locations. With complete coverage in the four state region, landowners can access maps specific to their interests.
  • In addition to maps, the About My Woods app helps find local professionals – including state forestry educators, landowner organizations, Tree Farm committees, and land trusts active in the region.
  • Users are also be able to use the app to identify common wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and invasive plants and insects. High-quality photos, coupled with in-depth descriptions, provide the user with an indispensable tool for understanding their woods.

It is specifically designed for the 4 northeastern states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. However, the developers are considering expanding its range of application and are asking that the app be shared with people beyond the 4-state region. It is available for Androids and iPhones (and tablets).
Here is the link for the Android
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Here is the link for the iPhone
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OFA Participates in a Coalition Letter Opposing Northern Long Eared Bat Endangered Designation
Last week, OFA joined a coalition of 49 other state and national forestry associations and councils to file additional comments about the impact of an endangered species listing for the Northern Long Eared Bat on forest practices and the hardwood products industry. The letter recommends that if any action is taken, the NLEB should be listed only as "threatened.” Such a designation would allow the US fish and Wildlife Service to recognize that forest management activities would be excluded from prohibited activities relating to NLEB. Here is the letter for your review.

Tax Reform Discussion in the Next Biennium
Legislative leaders say they want to continue the push toward tax reform in the next legislative session. Governor Kasich, however, insists that there can be no tax reform without some kind of tax increases elsewhere. Discussion at the moment appears to focus shifting of taxes away from the personal income tax (PIT) toward consumption taxes, and the governor has touted increasing the tobacco tax, the Commercial Activity Tax, and the oil and gas severance tax. He would like to cut PIT 8.5% over the next 3 years.

US Hardwood Log Exports Hit 9-Year High
A brief report by Hardwood Publishing in Woodworking Network indicates that after hardwood log exports went through a general decline from 2005 to 2013 hitting dropping 36% during that period. However, starting in the early 2010s, logs for export began to increase. In 2014 exports climbed dramatically.

USDA Touts Wood for Building Through WoodWorks
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided a $1 million grant to WoodWorks, a nonprofit organization with the Wood Products Council to promote the use of wood in commercial building construction. The Council provides free technical support and education related to wood building design. WoodWorks hosted more than 350 architects and engineers this year at a Wood Solutions Fair in Canada promoting the use of wood in commercial buildings. It appears that more and more wood is being recognized as a green building product and encouraged as a viable commercial construction product.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

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