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Timber Talk 6/20/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp 2016 Recap
Another great week of Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp finished up on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Camp Muskingum in Carroll County. Over 80 high school students from around the state participated, up from 70+ students last year. Highlights included:

  • Classes held at a Denoon Lumber active logging site on the camp property
  • Team and Respect building class of Adventure Valley, facilitated by the camp staff
  • Forestry Classes in Harvesting, Measurements, Dendrology, Silviculture, Forest Ecology, and Forest Products <
  • Wildlife Classes in Wildlife Management and Wildlife ID-Raptors and Songbirds
  • Crossover classes of Fire and Resource Management Issues
  • Forestry and Wildlife Jeopardy
  • Group recreation activities including a Campfire, Talent Show, Dance, and Water Carnival
  • Student access to the expertise of 40 different class instructors in the fields of forestry, wildlife, and conservation education from various ODNR Divisions, the forest industry, academia from OSU and Hocking College, private businesses, and retired resource professionals
After Friday’s academic test results were finalized, scholarships totaling over $5,000 were awarded to the following students.
  • $1000 Hocking College Scholarship to Gavin Nupp
  • $1500 Ohio University Scholarship to Mike Bell
  • $1250 OSU Scholarship to Allison Morrison
  • $1000 OSU Scholarship to Jonas McCreedy

OFA also awarded a $500 scholarship to Clay Noggle, male Camper of the Year, to be used at the college of his choice in a natural resource field of study

Many people need to be thanked for making this camp the continuing success that it is. Those people include:
  • Camp Co-Chairs Jeremy Scherf, Marne Tichenell, and Ryan Waid, who due an awesome job of organizing the week.
  • The Camp Muskingum Staff including Todd, Jody, Grant, the camp counselors and CIT’s, and the kitchen staff.
  • A special Thank You to Emileey Hardesty from the Division of Wildlife who was a monumental help to the camp co-chairs all week.
  • The many instructors that took time from their busy schedules to share their knowledge and expertise with the students this week.
  • Randy Clum, consulting forester handling the timber harvest at the camp, and Denoon loggers Clint and Clyde. These folks took time from their work schedules to address questions and help educate the students about the logging job.
  • The many people, businesses, and organizations that sponsored students to camp this year.
  • The Offinger Mgmt. staff for handling much of the behind the scenes preparations.
  • The Board of the Ohio Forestry Association Foundation for their continued support of this great teaching venue.
  • The Ohio Tree Farm Committee for purchasing hard hats for students to wear during instruction at the active timber harvest site.
  • The parents that made an effort to get their students to camp.
  • And last but not least, the students themselves who were very attentive and respectful all week to everyone they interacted with.

For over 60 years, this week long camp has provided an opportunity for young people to expand their knowledge of the forests, our wildlife, and how they are intertwined with some many aspects of all of our lives in proper use, care, and conservation. Our hope and mission is that everyone leaves the week with a better understanding and appreciation for our many natural resources, and the wise use thereof. This camp is a signature event of the Ohio Forestry Association Foundation and has been attended by approximately 10,000 students since its beginning in 1950.

Kasich Signs SB 293
The Governor signed into effect the bill merging the divisions of Parks and Watercraft and permitting the cross-training of land and water law enforcement officers. OFA did not oppose anything in this bill, which we have tracked in the TimberTalk for the past couple months. - See more here.

ECOFA Newsletter Highlights
The most recent East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) newsletter lists a few upcoming seminars, classes, and meeting dates that may be of interest. They include:

  • ECOFA Meeting - July 6, 7:00 PM at the Dover Public Library, 525 North Walnut Street, Dover, Ohio. Gabriel Karns (OSU Wildlife Researcher) will be the guest speaker. He will be discussing "Vegetative Management for Song Birds, Deer and Turkey along Right-of-Ways”.
  • The Woods in Your Backyard - Friday, July 15th, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at OSU Mansfield, 25 Ovalwood Hall, 1760 University Drive, Mansfield, Ohio 44906. This is a one day workshop for landowners with a small section of woods who want to learn more about their property, including; trees, shrubs, wildlife, invasive species. To register, go to:
  • Tree Diagnostic Workshop - Friday, August 5th, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM at OSU Mansfield, 212 Conrad Hall, 1760 University Drive, Mansfield, Ohio 44906. This one day seminar is centered around diagnosing common and not so common tree problems, and gives you information on available resources to help with your particular problem. To register, go to:
Brad’s Safety Comments
Fourth of July celebrations are just around the corner. That usually means firecrackers, sparklers, and other fireworks will be in the hands of kids and untrained adults. A couple years ago, I arrived at such a celebration with my wife to join some of her family. To my dismay, but not surprise, I was soon taking my wife’s 2 year old granddaughter to get burn ointment and bandages for a burn to her hand from a sparkler. You know, that’s one of those harmless rods, THAT BURN AT ALMOST 2,000 DEGREES!! Sorry about yelling, but I can’t understand why anybody would give little children a dangerous ordinance and watch while they chase each other around with them. Please read this brief on Fireworks Safety before you end up having to treat an injury at your holiday celebration.

Dates for Upcoming Lumber Grading Courses

  • August 22-25, 2016 at Yoder Lumber Company, 7100 CR 407, Millersburg, Ohio 44654.
  • September 19-22, 2016 at the OSU South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio 45661.
  • September 23, 2016 – Walnut Grading Only - at the OSU South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio 45661

For more information and to register for any of these classes visit the Lumber Grading Short Course page.

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. This year’s meeting activities include:

  • OFA and LSC Board Meetings
  • 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

Make your hotel reservations with the Quality Inn at 740-775-3500 by July 5th to take advantage of the special OFA reate of just $89 per night.

For registration and additional information visit the Summer Meeting Page.


Other Upcoming Events:

  • 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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