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Timber Talk 5/24/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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Lavell Tree Farm Story from AFF
The American Forest Foundation (AFF) has produced a very nice article on Dr. Tim Lavelle and the Lavelle family Tree Farm. Many of you will remember that the Lavelle family was awarded the Ohio Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award in 2013. To read this very well done article, visit the following link.

Ohio Senate Bill 293 Update
In the May 2, 2016 TimberTalk, we reported on SB 293 which dealt with some proposed changes in the ODNR, specifically with the merging of Division of Parks and Recreation with the Division of Watercraft. There were also possible changes in the Division of Forestry centered around Forest-Fire Investigators, Fire Protection Areas, and a few additional Division of Forestry law revisions. In recent developments, ODNR Director Zehringer is requesting that the legislature not consider adding any amendments to this bill so that they can possibly get quick passage before the summer legislative recess, and to realize some of the cost savings the bill generates during the busy summer recreation season. We will keep you informed on the progress of this bill.

F & W Forestry Services, Inc. acquires Fountains Forestry Inc. – F & W Forestry, one of the largest and oldest forest management and consulting firms in the U.S., announced on April 21, 2016, that it had purchased Fountains Forestry Inc., Fountain Lands Inc., and Fountains Forestry UK, Ltd. Read more about this acquisition at:

Weyerhauser/Plum Creek Complete Merger – Weyerhauser Company and Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., the nation’s two largest timberland-owning businesses, completed a merger in February of this year. The combined company now owns or controls over 13 million acres of timberlands, mostly in the U.S., with additional timberlands being managed in Canada. The company also continues to operate 38 wood products manufacturing facilities across the country. To learn more about this merger, go to the following link to read their news release.

Brad’s Safety Comments – This week I want to give you some information on Working Outdoors in Warm Climates. I know, it snowed a week ago in some of the northern Ohio counties, but the heat of summer will be upon us soon. The OSHA FactSheet covers several topics that employees who work outside during the summer heat season need to be concerned with. For employers, here is "A Guide for Employers to Carry Out Heat Safety Training for Workers”. This is a comprehensive training tool for employers to use, provided by OSHA.

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

Other Upcoming Events:

  • LSC Meeting – May 25, 2016 at OFA Office in Columbus
  • ECOFA Meeting – 7:00 PM, June 1, 2016, Dover Public Library, 525 N Walnut St., Dover, OH – Bob Hart will speak on "being treated right by oil & gas companies”
  • Lumber Grading Short Course – June 6-9, 2016 – hosted by Yoder Lumber Company in Millersburg
  • SEOLC Meeting – 7:00 PM, June 8, 2016, at Shawn Sexton’s Lodge, Jackson, Ohio
  • Second Friday Series – Woodland Roads and Trails – June 10, 2016 – visit for registration information.
  • Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp – June 12 – 17, 2016
  • Ohio Forestry Association Foundation Board meeting – June 16 at Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp
  • SRVLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, June 16, 2016, Scioto Township Fire Hall, Wakefield, Ohio
  • PVLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, July 11, 2016, Bainbridge, Ohio

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