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Timber Talk 6/6/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Monday, June 6, 2016
To view previous issues of Timber Talk advance the pages at the bottom of this screen.
CAUV Woodland Tax Value Update – In a recent issue of the TimberTalk we discussed the work that OFA and others have been doing to try to get the CAUV Tax Rate on woodland acres lowered. The Agricultural Advisory Committee, of which OFA is a member, convened on Thursday, June 2, to get the final 2016 CAUV tax rates and formula adjustments from the Department of Tax Equalization. We found out at that time that the Department of Tax Equalization was not going to make any changes for 2016 to the Woodland Clearing Cost part of the formula. This is the area that OFA has been working on, and is the area that could have the biggest effect on woodland tax rates, but only if accurate numbers are used in the formula. The Department of Tax Equalization agreed to continue reviewing OFA’s submitted documentation of proper woodland clearing costs for potential changes for Tax Year 2017. OFA agreed to continue working
OSHA to develop Combustible Dust rule for General Industry – The Treated Wood Council recently announced that, in its Spring 2016 New Regulatory Agenda issued on May 18th, the US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it plans to initiate rulemaking to develop a comprehensive combustible dust standard for the general industry. OSHA expects to organize a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel in October 2016 as part of the starting process. This new rule will more than likely have an effect on sawmill operations throughout the state. OFA will follow this rule as it develops. For more information, visit the following link.
SB 293 Passes in Senate and House – In earlier issues of 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. Last week, this bill cleared both the Senate and House with ease. OFA sees no issues of concern with this legislation. See the bill in its entirety.
PUCO Agrees to Rehear PPA Cases of AEP and First Energy – Gongwer Ohio reports that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio(PUCO) has agreed to rehear both cases pertaining to previously approved Power Purchase Agreements from AEP and FirstEnergy. A schedule has not been established yet for these hearings on these two cases that have been swinging back and forth between the PUCO and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for several months. To view Gongwer’s complete report, visit the following link.
Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) Summer Newsletter - The Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) is a joint project of professional loggers, forest landowners, wood consuming mills, educators, and manufacturers that facilitates and funds research to promote and improve efficiency in the wood supply system. Here is their Summer 2016 Newsletter highlighting their recent annual meeting in Colorado, the selection of their new Executive Director, and research project updates.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Survey Describes Values, Challenges Of Largest Shareholder In U.S. Forests: Family Forest Owners - New research by the USDA Forest Service reveals the motivations, management activities, future plans, and challenges faced by the nearly 11 million families, individuals, trusts, and estates, referred to as family forest owners. Collectively, family forest ownerships control 286 million acres of forestland, or 36 percent of the nation’s forestland. The federal government is the nation’s second largest forestland owner with 31 percent. The study, "Family Forest Ownerships of the United States,” is based on responses from over 8,000 randomly selected family forest owners from across the country. See the news release from USDA Forest Service for more enlightening information about the value of family forests in the eyes of the beholders.

Bourbon Barrels, the Timber Industry, and the Great Depression – What do these three things have in common? The article, forwarded to us by Jeremy Scherf, at the following link, is someone’s interesting perspective on why bourbon must be aged in a new oak barrel every time. It is an fun article to read, especially for history buffs, and may be appropriate as we see the barrel industry growing in Ohio.

Emerald Ash Borer(EAB) Update – As most of you know, EAB was first discovered in Michigan in June of 2002. Since that time, it has spread to all 88 Ohio counties, as well as to 25 states and Canada. The website continues to provide printable and web based information on EAB. It also offers webinar based training thru its EAB University resource. To learn more about EAB, visit the website, or read an article by OSU Extension in the Ohio Woodlands, Water, and Wildlife Newsletter at the following link.
Brad’s Safety Comments – This past week, on a beautiful, calm evening, my wife and I went for a leisurely ride with some friends on their pontoon boat on Dillon Lake in Muskingum County. It wasn’t until later, when I saw in the paper that a drowned man had been pulled from the Muskingum River, did I realize that I had not checked with the boat owner about the number and location of life jackets and other safety equipment before we went for our ride on Dillon Lake. Shame on me! It was an uneventful ride, but what if we had hit a submerged log, or something else happened?

This is the time of year when many of us take to the lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams to fish, ski, tube, kayak, etc. And without the proper precautions, it can become a disastrous situation. Please review the presentation on Boating Safety BEFORE going on the water this summer.

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:

o Lumber Grading Short Course – June 6-9, 2016 – hosted by Yoder Lumber Company in Millersburg

o SEOLC Meeting – 7:00 PM, June 8, 2016, at Shawn Sexton’s Lodge, Jackson, Ohio

o Second Friday Series – Woodland Roads and Trails – June 10, 2016 – visit for registration information.

o Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp – June 12 – 17, 2016

o Ohio Forestry Association Foundation Board meeting – June 16 at Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp

o SRVLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, June 16, 2016, Scioto Township Fire Hall, Wakefield, Ohio

o Southern Ohio Forestry Association – Saturday, June 18, 2016. Cave Lake Outing.

o PVLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, July 11, 2016, Bainbridge, Ohio

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