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Timber Talk 7/18/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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ECOFA NewsletterHERE is the August 2016 version of the East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter. Check it out to see what has been happening, and what events are coming up in the future, in the east central part of the state. The ECOFA meetings are always blessed with great speakers and programs on all things relating to forestry and natural resources in general.
SOFA Newsletter – To view the most recent Southern Ohio Forestry Association Newsletter (SOFA), with all its comedy, recipes, educational articles, and lists of upcoming events, go to the following link; , or read it HERE.
*** IMPORTANT INFO FOR EMPLOYERS*** Workers Compensation "True Up” Period Ends August 15, 2016 – Ohio’s first ever Workers Compensation "True Up” Period began July 1, 2016 and ends August 15, 2016. If you are in a Workers Comp Group Rating Plan, missing this deadline could cause you to be ineligible for the group plan. OFA’s Group Rating Plan coordinator, CareWorksComp, has supplied THISexplanation of this "True Up” period for all workers compensation contributors, not just those in OFA’s plan.

HOUSE PASSES APPROPRIATIONS BILL WITH FAVORABLE "CARBON NEUTRALITY” TERMS – Deb Hawkinson, President of the Forest Resource Association (FRA) released the following update on a bill that OFA reported on in a previous TimberTalk, concerning rules on "carbon neutrality” for biomass feedstocks, which OFA supports. This update reads as follows:

On July 14, the House of Representatives passed, on a vote of 231 to 196, the FY17 Interior Appropriations Bill (HR 5538), including terms FRA supports preventing EPA (or any agency) from regulating CO2 emissions from forest biomass-generated power—to move beyond the complex procedures and delays the Administration’s Clean Power Plan indicates in authorizing forest biomass as a bioenergy feedstock. Although House members offered, and voted on, 179 amendments to the bill, there was no amendment to strike the "carbon neutrality of forest biomass” provision, and the bill passed with that language intact.

The Administration published a statement, prior to the vote, that it "strongly opposes” the comprehensive bill, pointing out over 30 provisions to which it objected, including the "carbon neutrality” provision. To advance forward, the House and Senate must meet in conference to reconcile their varying versions of the FY17 Interior Appropriations bills. The Senate proposal is currently awaiting floor action and also contains strong "forest biomass carbon neutrality” terms.

Despite the advances made in the House, Congress has now adjourned and will be in recess for the next 7 weeks. They are expected return in early September.

Most observers believe that a final reconciliation will not occur until after the November 8 election, probably in the form of an Appropriations Omnibus bill, combining multiple bills into a comprehensive package, to make a Presidential veto less likely.

New Log/Pulpwood Pile Measurement Application – A company from Estonia called Timbeter (formally known as Timber Diameter) has developed an award winning App based on the Android platform (iPhone to come later) that allows someone to take a picture of a log/pulpwood pile and instantly document the diameter and volume of each individual piece of wood as well as the total pile. I have viewed the product on the web, and had phone conversations with their developers. They have assured me that Doyle Board Foot and Cord measurements have been included in the App, not just the cubic meter volumes indicated on their website. If you need to measure pulpwood piles, log piles, truckloads of logs or pulpwood, or even container loads of logs, this App might be a big time saver for you, as well as an improvement in accuracy. See their website at this link, to learn about Timbeter and see how the App works.

LIVING WITH WOOD: From The Beginning Of Time – A web blog called Log Cabin Hub, dedicated to all things concerned with the building of log cabins, has developed a very good infographic on the use of wood in construction. It documents how wood has provided protection from the elements in every civilization throughout history, from wooden hand tools from a half million years ago, to the first documented timber home dating back over 10,000 years. To view and/or share this very educational infographic, visit the Log Cabin Hub website at the following link.

Openings Left for July 29, 2016 C-SAW Level 1 Class – There are still a few openings left for a C-SAW Level 1 training class being held at the Gwynne Conservation Area outside London, Ohio, on Friday, July 29, 2016. For details and to register, go to the following link; , or call Gayla at: 614-497-9580.

Dates for Upcoming Lumber Grading Courses

Other Upcoming Events:

  • NWOLC Meeting – 6:00 PM, Tuesday, August 2, 2016
  • SEOLC Meeting – 7:00 PM, Wednesday, August 10, 2016 – Shawn Sexton’s Lodge, Jackson, Ohio
  • C-SAW Level 1 Class – 8:00 AM, Friday, August 19, 2016 – Blue Rock State Forest – visit the following link to register:

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