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Timber Talk 8/8/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Thursday, August 11, 2016

Legislative Update
Currently, the Ohio legislature is on summer break, so there are not a lot of direct happenings right now from a legislative standpoint that are affecting the Association or its members. However, OFA continues to work behind the scenes on issues involved with the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) and the Ohio Forest Tax Law (OFTL) as they relate to woodland property taxes and forest management. John Dorka and I attended the Legislative Joint Agricultural Committee meeting last week at the State Fair where I had the good fortune of listening to a couple of department directors speak, as well as meet a few legislators that I had not previously met. We will keep you informed of future developments on the CAUV/OFTL front here in the TimberTalk.

New Wood Markets Update
I do not have any great news yet to report on markets to replace the wood consumption lost by the closing of the WestRock paper mill in Coshocton last fall. However, there are a few projects that are either being proposed, or are moving forward. Following are some brief comments on these projects.

SuGanit Systems, Inc. - As of a couple weeks ago, SuGanit Systems, Inc. informed me that they are still looking at the Coshocton area as their first choice of locations to install their first wood cellulose to ethanol conversion plant. If this project makes it to fruition, it could use in excess of 200,000 tons of wood fiber annually. This project seems to be moving slowly and I don’t anticipate it being operational for at least a year.

Renewable Carbon and Electric - This project, to be located in the Brewster area, is still moving forward. Tom Nelson reports to me that he is working with a couple major players on securing the financing for this installation. This project would take waste wood materials and convert them into a few different products, including BioDiesel and BioChars. It will probably take a couple years for this project to ramp up to an expected annual use of 150 – 200 thousand tons per year of wood chips.

Ethicoal - I recently met with a representative from Ethicoal. This company is in the process of working out the details on installing a project in Painesville, Ohio, to produce a coal replacement product from cellulosic fiber, to run an electric generation plant. The process that they will use was developed in British Columbia by a company called Arterran Renewables. This process takes cellulosic fiber from sources such as wood, paper, bamboo, hemp, miscanthus grass, etc., and uses a liquid catalyst in a pressurized reactor to turn this fiber into a hydrophobic product, with a BTU value that would equate to coal, without all the air pollution problems associated with burning coal. This project is originally slated to consume approximately 100 thousand tons of wood fiber from NE Ohio on an annual basis. If their plans stay on track, this project could begin operations early to mid 2017.

Genahol - We have had an initial meeting with this company that is interested in installing small scale biomass to ethanol conversion plants at wood supplier locations in Ohio. We are in the process of vetting this with a few interested parties to see if it is a viable project for the high up-front cost of installation. We will report more on this in the near future.

Sawdust??? - I have no real details on this yet, but there is a company that is looking at a couple locations in Ohio, as well as other states, to put in a facility that will use a significant amount of sawdust. I am providing information on the resource to the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) as they work with various state entities to entice this company to locate in Ohio. More to come later.

Southern Ohio Forestry Association (SOFA) August 2016 Newsletter
I always enjoy reading the monthly newsletter from SOFA. They do seem to have a lot of fun down there, as well as getting into some pretty education endeavors. Click here to see their most recent newsletter, learn about past events as well as their upcoming schedule. And don’t forget to check out the continuing adventures of Wayne and Tim.

Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference (SFTIC)
SFTIC will be held June 19-22, 2017 in Melbourne, FL at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

SFTIC provides a forum for attendees to learn the role of genomics and biotechnology in accelerating tree improvement, share tree improvement research ideas, procedures, techniques, results and conclusions and to educate students, practitioners, scientists and professionals.

Conference participants will include:

Geneticists and plant breeders
Tree improvement managers
Procurement foresters, forest consultants and landowners
Academic scientists, and post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students
Forest products retailers and wholesalers
Forest industry professionals
State and federal government personnel

Attendees will learn the latest on how to:
Increase stand volume per acre yield through faster growth and improved disease resistance
Maximize forest value through improved tree form and wood properties
Earn higher returns through planting the appropriate improved stock

Click here for more information and to register for the conference.
Great Lakes Logging & Equipment Expo
Like the Paul Bunyan Show that the Ohio Forestry Association presents every October, the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association has been holding a similar logging equipment expo for 70 years. This year’s event will be held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, September 8 - 10, 2016. If any of you go to the show in Wisconsin this year, please feel free to contact me with anything you see that could be useful for our own Paul Bunyan Show. For more information, visit:
Women in the Outdoors Event
The Ohio State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will be holding its 17th annual Women in the Outdoors (WITO) event on September 9 - 11, 2016. For women that want to learn more about enjoying their time in the outdoors, there are over 40 classes to choose from. These classes cover everything from hunting and fishing, to cooking and tree identification. For more information on the program and registration, see this flyer or visit

FRA – Forest Operations Review – Safety Alert
The Forest Resource Association recently released Safety Alert 16-S-8 which deals with a skidder operator that was struck in the head and had his foot run over by another skidder. Read this Safety Alert to see what may have caused this injury and how it could possibly have been avoided.

Day in the Woods 2nd Friday Series Continues at Vinton Furnace
Dave Apsley from OSU Extension continues with a great educational series at the Vinton Furnace Experimental Forest. The next 3 events there are:

August 12Preparing your woods for an uncertain future
Bonus Week – August 26 – Streams and streamside forests
September 9 – Interactions among wildlife populations for humans

There is usually a small fee and reservations required with these workshops. Contact Dave Apsley for more information and to register at: or visit

Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in July 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.

Contractor: Marvin Wengerd of West Holmes Logging

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:

Registration for the above class is very low at this point and we are considering cancellation. If you are interested in this class but have not registered please do so asap so we can determine if we are going to need to cancel. We must have a minimum of 10 registered!

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:

Other Upcoming Events:

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:

MVLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – F.O.E, McConnelsville, Ohio

Lumberman's Outing - September 14, 2016

Paul Bunyan Show - October 7-9, 2016

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