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Timber Talk 6/27/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Attention Paul Bunyan Show Exhibitors
The early bird discounted rate for exhibit space will expire on July 1. If you are planning to exhibit please submit your contract prior to July 1 to take advantage of this savings. Register on line at or call Gayla at 888-388-7337.
Invisible/Transparent Wood
Scientists from both the University of Maryland and from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have recently developed processes for making wood transparent. In short, the lignin in wood is chemically removed, and replaced with a polymer that gives it added strength while making it transparent. Two of the stated areas of interest for this development is in the production of more efficient solar panels, and in unbreakable windows. Read the interesting articles at the following links, or google ”transparent wood” for more information.,
Walnut Council Annual Meeting
The Indiana and Ohio chapters of the Walnut Council are hosting the council’s annual meeting in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, from July 31st thru August 3rd, 2016. Lawrenceburg is just a stone’s throw from Ohio and Kentucky. Field site visits will cover plantation establishment and management, tree genetics, natural forest management, invasive species control, and ailanthus wilt. Other sessions will discuss the latest news on thousand cankers disease and Asian Longhorned Beetle. Other interesting tours and workshops will also be offered. For more detailed information and to register, visit: and click on Annual Meeting.
ECOFA and SOFA Newsletters
If you like to keep up with what’s happening around the state in forestry, especially from the forest landowner perspective, then you should find the two newsletters to be very informative. They are the most recent newsletters form the East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) and the Southern Ohio Forestry Association (SOFA). If you live in the vicinity of either of these groups, you should probably give some serious thought to joining them. They sound like fun groups to belong to.

Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp Wrap-Up Video
In last week’s TimberTalk, I detailed the activities and successes at this summer’s Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp. For a visual take on things, watch the end of camp video put together by the camp staff, that was shown to the campers and their parents at the closing ceremony. It is very well done and gives a glimpse into the education and fun activities that the students participate in throughout the week. View at:

Dates for Upcoming Lumber Grading Courses

August 22-25, 2016 at Yoder Lumber Company, 7100 CR 407, Millersburg, Ohio 44654. For more information and to register, visit:

September 19-22, 2016 at the OSU South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio 45661. For more information and to register, visit:

September 23, 2016 – Walnut Grading Only - at the OSU South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio 45661. For more information and to register, visit:
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 Association
  • 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 rate of just $89 per night.

Other Upcoming Events:

  • 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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