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Timber Talk 9/6/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, September 07, 2016
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ODNR Division of Forestry Acquires "Little Smokies”
929 acres was recently added to the Shawnee State Forest as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources partnered with several groups to purchase a section of forest land known as the "Little Smokies of Ohio”. "By acquiring these ‘Little Smokies’ parcels, ODNR continues to show its commitment toward protecting and fostering the growth of Ohio’s forest lands,” said Robert Boyles, Ohio’s state forester. "These additional woodland acres will fill many of the largest gaps in the Shawnee State Forest, and by using proper management, will provide Ohioans with healthy forests, which create ideal habitats for all of our wildlife, offer countless recreational activities and produce the timber products that contribute to our state’s continued economic growth.” Read the entire press release at the following link. http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/news/post/odnr-adds-more-than-900-acres-to-shawnee-state-forest
Ohio Walnut Council Fall Field Day
The Ohio and West Virginia chapters of the Walnut Council will be having a combined fall field day on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Their event will take place on the Tom Jones farm in Gallipolis, Ohio on Saturday morning, then move to the John Kelsey farm in Southside, West Virginia for the afternoon. Points of interest will include: Tree form and pruning history, Cypress and Swamp White Oak in low areas, Walnut collection and tractor powered huller, Frost crack damage to young walnut trees, Starting a walnut plantation using pines as trainers, Pruning with a man-lift, Epicormic sprout experiments, Plantation Thinning, and European Hazelnut cultivar evaluation plots. The field day is open to the public and free, but registration is encouraged. For information, directions, and registration, see the flyer.

Forestry for a Low Carbon Future
Recently, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released a report outlining the role that forests can play in the transition to low-carbon economies. As explained by René Castro-Salazar, Assistant Director-General of the FAO Forestry Department, "Forests and forest products have a key role to play in mitigation and adaptation, not only because of their double role as sink and source of emissions, but also through the potential for wider use of wood products to displace more fossil fuel intense products." This report is quite interesting and extensive. It can be accessed here.

Q & A for Timbeter Wood Measuring App
In a recent TimberTalk newsletter, we included information about a recently developed mobile application for accurately measuring sizes and volumes of truck loads and inventory piles of logs and pulpwood, using an Android based cell phone camera. Timbeter has recently been talking with some of their heaviest users and has developed a Question & Answer document addressing a half dozen frequently asked questions about the App. This Q & A session can be viewed here.

Casting Call for Logging Families
OFA was recently contacted by Luke Verge, a Casting Producer for Punch Drunk Pictures, a production company based in Los Angeles, CA. They are currently looking for a logging family business that fits their model for this proposed project. Luke explained this project in the following words from his email:

"We are currently working with History Channel on a new project that celebrates the blue collar business achievements of the Baby Boomer generation while evaluating how well equipped the new generation is to carry this legacy through the 21st Century.

We are searching across the country for "the real American working man" who has a millennial son. The father has worked hard to get to where he is and is frustrated that the millennial generation does not understand the value of the tough grind.

Obviously, loggers know what it's like to work long, strenuous hours for little appreciation. Associations such as yours are great to reach out to because you know everyone. If you know any loggers in your community who could work for something like this, please let me know! I've attached our casting flyer and would be so grateful if you could pass it around.

This is an interesting and positive project that will highlight the importance of a strong work ethic. I would love to talk with anyone you think may be interested.I can be reached directly at818.860.7511.Thank you so much and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.”

I talked with Luke, and he has assured me that Logging and the Forest Products Industry as a whole will not be portrayed in a negative light. Their focus is on hard working folks. If you feel that this is something that interests you, or know of someone that might be interested, contact Luke Verge at the number above, or see the Casting flyer with additional information.

Are You Complacent About Workplace Injuries?
A recent study in Nova Scotia, Canada, by Corporate Research Associates, Halifax, found that 45% of workers there believed that job related injuries are inevitable. This study revealed a disturbing complacency about job related injuries. When I talk to folks who believe this, I ask them if they are the one that is going to volunteer tomorrow at work to be the person that gets injured that day. That loses an eye, or gets their hand crushed, breaks a leg, or just cuts a finger off! Nobody volunteers, because we all want to go home after work the same way that we arrived at work, safe and uninjured. And usually we do. In fact, many people work hard, dangerous jobs for years on end, without being injured. If you can work one day, one week, one month, or one year without being injured, you can work every day without being injured. How?? By proactively safeguarding yourself. By thinking about the safe way to do every task. By helping your co-workers work safely, so that you are not injured by their mistake. Don’t rely on others to keep you safe. All the engineering and safety training in the world won’t keep you safe until you learn to take responsibility for your own safety!
Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for September
SOFA has put out their September newsletter. It includes their 2017 agenda, and a good article on tree grafting along with other news and notes. Read the entire newsletter here.
Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in August 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.
Individuals: Nathan Yeullig of Bridgwood Farm
Wholesale/Broker: Joseph Yoder of Ohio Forest Products, LLC
Suppliers: Nathaniel Vansickle of Performance Outdoor Equipment, Paul McCann of SuperSplitter Inc., Pekka Ruuskanen of Ponse North America, Inc.
Primary Manufacturers: Patrick Borelli of Wood Waste Recycling, LLC
Dates for Upcoming Lumber Grading Courses – Sign Up Now!
  • September 19-22, 2016 at the OSU South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio 45661. Click here for more information and to register.
  • September 23, 2016 – Walnut Grading Only - at the OSU South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio 45661. Click here for more information and to register.
Other Upcoming Events:
  • Day in the Woods - 2nd Friday Series Continues at Vinton Furnace – visit: http://u.osu.edu/apsley.1/
  • 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: http://gltpa.org/expo.html
  • Women in the Outdoors Event - September 9 – 11, 2016 – visit: www.nwtf.org
  • 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
  • Hardwood Federation Fly-In – September 20-22, 2016. This event is an opportunity for folks in the industry to meet with their Washington legislators at the beginning of the fall legislative season. For a complete agenda and registration information, visit the following link. https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1828679

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