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Timber Talk 4/25/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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ODNR Announces State Forest Recertification
The ODNR Division of Forestry recently received recertification of all 21 state forests, containing more than 200,000 acres, to the principles and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), two internationally recognized certification organizations. See thePRESS RELEASE from ODNR for details.

The Supreme Court Rules on AEP Rate Plan and Capacity Charge
Gongwer News Service reports that last Thursday, the Supreme Court approved AEP Ohio's 2012 rate plan and upheld the company's cost-based capacity charge in a separate case. The two separate rulings both uphold and reverse previous orders from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. AEP said in a statement the full impact of the decisions won't be known until after remand to the PUCO, but the company expects the net financial result to be minimal. See more on this continuing saga HERE.

FRA news on Carbon Neutrality
Last week the US Senate passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S 2012), which includes an amendment adopted by unanimous vote in February instructing federal policies to recognize the carbon neutrality of forest-based biomass energy. This eases much of the ambiguity EPA’s Clean Power Plan had allowed on the matter. The New York Times promptly published an editorial that harshly criticized the bill, and especially the "carbon neutrality” amendment. The New York Times largely based its critique on statements from "scientists” affiliated with anti-biomass advocacy organizations. A response to the New York Times editorial, in the form of an open letter to the outgoing editor-in-chief and the incoming editor-in-chief, was crafted and sent out by the Biomass 101 project, citing credentialed sources confirming the position of carbon neutrality, and urging the Times to supplement the agenda-ridden sources informing its editorial positions with more objective ones. The Biomass 101 project is supported by many leading forestry organizations including; the Forest Resource Association, the American Forest and Paper Association, the American Wood Council, and the Alliance of Forest Owners. The open letter form the Biomass 101 project can be seen HERE.

WOTUS Rule Update
The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule put out by the US EPA this past year continues through the maze of its legal appeal. Briefly, the rule redefines waters regulated under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act to be virtually any natural or constructed, permanent or temporary water body in the United States. It could have a profound impact on agriculture and forestry if it is fully implemented. At the moment, the rule is "stayed” and being reviewed by the Courts, most recently in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Those appealing the rule, including a coalition of forestry interests are working to prevent its implementation, and the coalition may seek Supreme Court review if necessary. An attempt to get the rule overturned through legislation recently fell short in the U.S. Senate when an amendment to a spending bill did not get the needed 60 votes, although the vote to pass was 56 yes, 42 no.

Forest Resource Association (FRA) Announces New Logo Release
In 2015, FRA began the process of developing a new logo better suited to promoting the Association’s brand in today’s media, which is increasingly showing a preference for small-screen, hand-held devices. The new logo will meet the need for the Association’s full name to be able to display legibly in those formats, for communications with members, potential members, the public, the media, and policymakers. See the PRESS RELEASE for more information and to see the new logo.

Landowner Nearly Killed on Log Deck
This SAFETY ALERT by the Forest Resource Association (FRA) describes a situation that can be all too common on harvesting operations everywhere. A landowner was nearly killed by logs being loaded onto a truck when he surprised the loader operator who did not know the landowner was present on the log deck. This is a problem not only on log decks, but also in the woods where trees are being felled and skidded. The Safety Alert describes communication steps that can be taken to help minimize these issues.

Arbor Day 2016, Friday, April 29 in Ohio
The past couple of weeks, we have put information in the TimberTalk about a few specific Arbor Day events happening around Ohio. Since we don’t have room to list them all, I would suggest that it is quite easy to find an event in your area just by searching the web for Arbor Day activities. And, since trees are the backbone of our industry and Association, take time this weekend to plant a tree(s), sponsor an Arbor Day event, or attend one of the many celebrations taking place in local communities throughout the state.

WERC AnnouncesSmall Sawmill Workshop
The Profitable Small Sawmill Workshop will be held on June 2nd, 2016 at the Wood Education and Resource Center in Princeton, WV from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop is a one day educational and networking event to provide the small sawmill operators the latest knowledge on processing, kiln drying and marketing of lumber products sawn with small sawmills. The intent is to help small sawmill operators make money in the firewood business. The program is sponsored by the Wood Education and Resource Center, Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine, and North Carolina State University’s Wood Products Extension Department. The program will include outdoor demonstration of small sawmill equipment as well as classroom discussions. The range of classroom topics will include: selling and marketing of lumber, finding buyers, purchasing requirements by the industry, managing a small sawmill business, setting up local small sawmill associations, sourcing affordable logs, portable sawmill equipment, solar dry kilns, other dry kilns, how to avoid stain and degrade. For more details and registration information, see the BROCHURE.

Paul Bunyan Show Exhibitor Registration Open
We are now accepting space reservations for the 2016 Paul Bunyan Show. To secure your exhibit space register ON-LINE HERE, or print THIS FORM and return to the OFA Office. Previous exhibitors must submit their space reservation by June 1 to guarantee their previous location.

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