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Timber Talk 8/23/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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OSHA Penalty Adjustments Effective August 1, 2016
The Department of Labor is adjusting penalties for its agencies after Congress enacted legislation in November of 2015 requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. OSHA’s penalties have not been adjusted since 1990. To catch up for inflation, their maximum penalties will increase by 78%. Going forward, the agency will continue to adjust its penalties for inflation each year based on the Consumer Price Index. An example of these increases is as follows: A Willful or Repeated Violation used to carry a Maximum Penalty of $78,000 per Violation. That Maximum Penalty will now be $124,709. OSHA claims that they will continue to provide penalty reductions based on the size of the employer and other factors in order to address the impact of these penalty increases on smaller businesses. Click here for more information on these changes, or visit .
Are You A Rail Tie Producer? – This Conference May Be For You
The Railway Tie Association (RTA) is holding its 98th Annual RTA Symposium & Technical Conference Wednesday, October 26th – Friday, October 28th, in Bonita Springs, Florida. On the fun side, there is a Golf Tournament and Eco-Tours of the Everglades. On the business side, there is: an Economic Session focusing on Commodities and Rail Traffic Growth; a Procurement, Resource & Utilization Session with speakers from the US Forest Service, Hardwood Federation, Hardwood Market Report, the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association, and 4 sawmills; an Engineering Forum; and other special speakers and events. For more information and to register, visit .
Gypsy Moth Returns to New England
It seems that much of New England has been hit hard this year by a Gypsy Moth outbreak, including the denuding of leaves from trees on 150,000 acres in Massachusetts alone. The outbreak coincides with drought conditions this spring and early summer which impeded the spread of a fungus that usually helps keep the Gypsy Moth under control. Besides the direct effect on the trees health, the defoliation perpetuates the moth’s infestation in other ways. Removing the shade provided by leaves can make it too hot for nesting birds, causing them to abandon their nests. This decreases the number of birds available to eat Gypsy Moths and their caterpillars. The Gypsy Moth caterpillars also eat oak pollen, decreasing the acorn crop. Acorn shortages wipe out large numbers of White-Footed Mice, which need the acorns to make it through the winter. In the spring, these mice feed on Gypsy Moth caterpillars. It seems that the moths are regulating their own predators. The last big outbreak in New England was in 1981, when 15 million acres were affected, including 3 million acres in Massachusetts.
The 2016 Lumberman’s Outing to be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016
This year’s outing will once again be held at the Pines Golf Club in Orrville, Ohio and at the Lost Bird Shooting Clays in Fredericksburg, Ohio. The proceeds from this event go to the Lumberman’s Benevolent Fund which was created by the original founders of the Lumberman’s Outing to help those in the forest industry whose family has suffered a tragedy. The 2016 fund will benefit the family of Jerry Miller. Jerry is the son of Wayne & Leah Miller of Dundee. Jerry is 11 years old and was severely burned on May 31st in a tragic accident. He has burns over 90% of his body and is currently in critical condition at Akron Children’s Hospital. He is expected to be hospitalized 5‐6 months and incur over $1,000,000 in medical expenses. The Lumberman’s Benevolent Fund is administered by the Ohio Forestry Association Foundation, which is an IRS 501(c)3 tax‐exempt non-profit corporation.

Cost is just $85 for a single golfer or $300 for a 4 man team, and $100 for shooters. These rates include dinner. Dinner only is $35.00.

For registration information, a schedule of events, and to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, please go to the following link:

2016 Farm Science Review – Sept. 20-22
OFA is partnering with OSU Extension, Bryan Equipment, Hocking College, Ohio Division of Forestry, and others to provide some basic chainsaw maintenance, sharpening, and operations demonstrations to participants at this year’s Farm Science Review. These demonstrations will take place at the Gwynne Conservation Area of OSU’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. There will be other forestry related presentations taking place at the Gwynne Conservation Area as well. For a complete schedule of events at both the Main Grounds and the Gwynne Conservation Area, go to:

Dates for Upcoming Lumber Grading Courses – Sign Up Now!
Other Upcoming Events:
  • Day in the Woods - 2nd Friday Series Continues at Vinton Furnace – visit:
    • Bonus Week – August 26 – Streams and streamside forests
    • September 9 – Interactions among wildlife populations for humans
  • MVLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – F.O.E, McConnelsville, Ohio
  • Great Lakes Logging & Equipment Expo - Oshkosh, Wisconsin on the dates of September 8 – 10, 2016. visit:
  • Women in the Outdoors Event - September 9 – 11, 2016 – visit:
  • PVLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, Monday, September 12, 2016 – Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – USDA Service Center, Lucasville, Ohio
  • NEOLC Meeting - Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – Sheoga Hardwoods, Middlefield, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Scioto Township Fire Hall, Wakefield, Ohio
  • ECOLC Meeting - 7:00 PM, Monday, September 19, 2016 – Millersburg, Ohio

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