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Timber Talk 5/9/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Monday, May 9, 2016

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AEP Ohio and First Energy still scrambling after FERC ruling
The two energy companies continue their merry-go-round with the PUCO and FERC following the orders by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 27, 2016, that blocked the controversial Power Purchase Agreements that were originally approved by the PUCO. Both companies have modified their profit guarantee proposals in rehearing requests filed this week with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Read the Gongwer Ohio news report on the details of this newest twist.

Ohio Renewable Energy Mandates
Last week, Senate Bill 325 (SB 325) was introduced in the Ohio Senate. The intent of this bill is to repeal the requirement that electric distribution utilities and electric services companies provide 12.5% of their retail power supplies from qualifying renewable energy resources by 2027, to repeal energy efficiency and peak demand reduction requirements for electric distribution utilities, and to modify the topics included in the Energy Mandates Study Committee report. OFA will keep our membership posted as things develop with this bill.

Lumber Grading Short Course in September
The Ohio Forestry Association in conjunction with the OSU South Centers, will be hosting a 5 day Lumber Grading Short Course the week of September 19-23, 2016, in Piketon, Ohio. For more details and to sign up, visit the following link. http://www.ohioforest.org/event/2016LumberWalnutGradingShortCourse

Stark SWCD Tree ID Workshop
The Stark County SWCD is hosting a Tree & Invasive Species ID Workshop on Thursday, May 12, 2016. At Beech Creek Gardens. Topics include: Tree ID, Invasive ID, Invasive Control Demonstration, Available Funding. For more information, see the workshop flier, and news release.

Woodland and Wildlife Family Festival
The Northwest Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts is sponsoring a family oriented, free woodland workshop on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 4-H Camp Palmer in Fayette, Ohio. This festival includes a wide variety of demonstrations, vendors, and educational activities, including: Bees-Live Hive, Portable Sawmill, Wood Magic, Black Swamp Raptors Rehab Center, Chainsaw Safety, Chestnut Education Plot, Wildlife Pelts, Snakes, Mushrooms, NRCS-Rain barrels, Pheasants Forever, Turkey Federation, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Wood Carver. For more details, see the Woodland Workshop flier.

OFA Summer Meeting July, 20-21, 2016
Hold these dates for the annual OFA Summer Meeting. This meeting is always a fun way to network with other industry members as we participate in some Golf and Clay Shooting. Location details are being worked on at this time and will be sent out to all membership as soon as they are finalized.

Brad’s Safety Comments
Many industries, including the forest products industry, use large interlocking concrete blocks, often referred to as "ecology blocks”, to build retaining walls, push walls, loading ramps, etc. Here is a Safety Alert from the Forest Resource Association showing the perils of not following safe procedures when setting up walls with these types of walls.
Paul Bunyan Show
We are currently registration for the 2016 Paul Bunyan Show. The show will once again be held at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds. The dates are October 7-9. If you are interested in exhibiting, sponsoring, volunteering or advertising in the show program please visit our website at www.OhioForest.org or call Gayla at 614-497-9580 or by email.

Other Upcoming Events:

  • SOLC Meeting - Tuesday May, 10, 2016
  • OFA Exec Committee and Board Meetings – May 18, 2016 at OFA Office in Columbus
  • LSC Meeting – May 25, 2016 at OFA Office in Columbus
  • Lumber Grading Short Course - June 6-9, 2016
  • Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp - June 12-17, 2016
  • OWIN Summer Meeting - July 20-21, 2016
  • Lumberman's Outing - September 14, 2016
  • Lumber Grading Short Course - September 19-22, 2016
  • Walnut Grading Short Course - September 23, 2016
  • Paul Bunyan Show - October 7-9, 2016

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