Posted By Gayla Fleming,
Monday, June 13, 2016
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|Demand for Bourbon Causes Wood Worries in Kentucky|
The booming bourbon, and bourbon barrel business, has created a lot of discussion in Kentucky as to the long term availability of enough white oak timber to meet the projected demand. Like Ohio, a very high percentage of the forest land base in Kentucky is owned by a large number of private landowners. Kentucky is also seeing an increase in large diameter white oak timber, good for the short term, but at the expense of white oak seedlings and saplings. This article describes the concerns that Kentucky industry folks have about the future resource as well as the current state of timber harvesting. I think you will find it very comparable to the current state of things in Ohio.
|Upcoming Gypsy Moth Treatment for Columbus Area|
If you live in the Columbus area, this map and description of Gypsy Moth treatment techniques, may be of interest to you. Dan Kenny, Assistant Chief, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Health, has issued this information to educate folks in the area about this process. Here is an interactive map of all the locations scheduled for treatments this year, along with the estimated date of treatment.
|OFA Endorses Biomass Energy Provisions in Interior Appropriations Bill|
OFA joins the Forest Resource Association(FRA), the American Forest and Paper Association(AF&PA), the National Alliance of Forest Owners, the American Wood Council and others in endorsing an important provision included in the DRAFT FY 2017 Interior Appropriations bill that would provide clear guidance to federal agencies—along with validation safeguards—in recognizing the carbon neutrality of forest biomass in implementation of the Administration’s "Clean Power Plan.” This provision has now gained bipartisan support. The AF&PA site explains the carbon neutrality issues surrounding EPA policy here. Here is a press release overview of the FY 2017 Interior and Environmental Bill.
|Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Great Smokey Mountains NP|
OFA member, Gary Kaster, passed along to us a very well done soundbite from National Public Radio (NPR) on the issues with Hemlock Wolly Adelgid (HWA) and potential biological treatments that may help slow their spread in the park. This could have implications for Ohio, as we have some very important areas, mainly the Hocking Hills region, where hemlock is a featured species. Check out the soundbite, and for more information on HWA in Great Smokey Mountains Nation Park, visit the following link. https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/video-dispatch-hwa.htm .
|Welcome New OFA Members!|
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in May of this year. New Members, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or anyone else at OFA to let us know if we are meeting your needs and expectations.
- Robin and Eric Leichliter from Kent, Ohio
- Rick Anderson of Laona Machine Supply from Laona, Wisconsin
|Brad’s Safety Comments|
Go Take a Hike! And I mean that literally. One of the things I like to do most when I am vacationing in a new place, is to go for a few hikes to see what the natural surroundings of the area have to offer. We should all get out of the car, motorhome, or condo more often to enjoy nature and get some exercise. Since these places are usually not familiar to us, it is very important to remember that safe hiking requires research and preparation.Read an article entitled Hike Smart, Stay Aliveon Global Discovery Vacations travel blog. If you don’t think these tips are important, read the interesting, but tragic, account of Geraldine Largay’s wrong turn off the Appalachian Trail in Maine.
|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. The registration material will be finalized by the end of this week and will be sent out to all membership as soon as they are finalized. Here are the highlights:
- Industry Tour to Sherwood Forest Products and Speyside Cooperage
- OWIN Reception at the Quality Inn - Chillicothe
- Golf Outing at Dogwood Hills Golf Course
- Shooting Event at Pike County Coon Hunters Assoc. ·
- Reception and Awards Banquet at Stillwater Event & Conference Centre
Other Upcoming Events:
- Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp – June 12 – 17, 2016
- OFA 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
- Southern Ohio Forestry Association – Saturday, June 18, 2016. Cave Lake Outing.
- PVLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, July 11, 2016, Bainbridge, Ohio
- SOLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, July 12, 2016, USDA Service Center, Lucasville, Ohio
- ECOLC Meeting – 7:00 PM, July 18, 2016, Millersburg Public Library, Millersburg, Ohio
- LSC Meeting – 10:00 AM, July 20, 2016, Christopher Conference Center, Chillicothe, Ohio
- OFA, Inc. Board Meeting - 10:00 AM, July 20, 2016, Christopher Conference Center, Chillicothe, Ohio
- SVLC Meeting – 5:30 PM, July 21, 2016, Bergholz, Ohio
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