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|Paul Bunyan Show 2016
October 7th thru 9th – It’s right around the corner! The 60th annual Paul Bunyan Show is fast approaching. OFA members should already have received their Official Paul Bunyan Show Guide in the mail and have received, or will soon be receiving, their complimentary tickets. A few requests I would like to put in front of our great members:
Contact myself or Gayla at the OFA office if you can help us out with any of the above mentioned requests. 888-388-7337
- We can always use more volunteers at the show to help with different events and activities
- Donations of logs and pulpwood are needed for chipping and grinding demos, firewood processors, portable sawmills, chainsaw carvers, etc.
- A few strong backed volunteers are especially needed on Sunday afternoon to help with a few of the show close-up activities
If you are not an OFA member, and would like more information about the upcoming show, see this article, or check out the OFA website.
|Wayne National Forest Convenes Collaboration Cadre Workshop
The Wayne National Forest is making a concerted effort to be a good neighbor in southern Ohio, not only to the communities it is located in or near, but also to the multitude of people interested in the many uses of the "Wayne” as it is locally referenced. To that end, they convened a Collaboration Cadre Workshop recently in Athens, Ohio, for a number of invited guests, of which I was one, representing various interests including, but not limited to; timber harvesting, forest restoration and health, horse trails, ATV trails, oil & gas drilling, economic development in low income areas of concern, mountain bike trails, etc. The workshop was led by a 3 person team; Steve Daniels from Utah State University, Maret Pajutee, retired ecologist with the National Forest Service, and Gary Severson, retired Executive Director of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments. All three leaders have a great passion for the collaborative approach to solving natural resource use issues and have been involved in several successful projects. The meeting was well attended, with around 50 people showing up, and lots of great discussions around problem solving were started by small groups of people interested in their specific topic areas. The workshop was not meant to solve any problems that day, but to provide a framework for collaborative problem solving in the future. The workshop concluded with the Forest Supervisor and his staff reiterating to those in attendance that they want to change the negatively perceived culture of the "Wayne” by being open discussion and inclusive of all interests as they move forward.
|** ATTENTION ALL TEACHERS**
Upcoming Project Learning Tree/Truth About Trees Teacher Workshop – The Paul Bunyan Show will be the host site this fall for a Project Learning Tree (PLT) workshop focusing on forest products and the "Truth About Trees” module developed by the Hardwood Forest Foundation. The workshop is being conducted through a joint partnership of the Muskingum and Guernsey County Soil & Water Conservation Districts, and will be conducted on Friday, October 7, 2017, at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds. For more information and to register, see this flyer.
|Larry Evans of Northwest Hardwoods Retirement Announcement
Many of you in the forest products industry are familiar with Larry Evans and his many contributions to the forest products industry. Northwest Hardwoods announces his retirement, effective at the end of September, after 36 years of service to the hardwood lumber industry. At the OFA Annual Winter Meeting in March, 2016, Larry was awarded OFA’s "Outstanding Individual in Industry” conservation award. Read more about Larry in this announcement form Northwest Hardwoods.
|2016 Farm Science Review
Sept. 20-22 – OFA is partnering with OSU Extension, Stihl, 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. Click here for a complete schedule of events at both the Main Grounds and the Gwynne Conservation Area.
International Woodfiber Resource and Trade Conference
RISI recently announced the schedule for the 9th International Woodfiber Resource and Trade Conference, to be held February 13-15, 2017 in Da Nang, Vietnam. Often referred to as the "Woodchip Conference”, this conference focuses on the international trade in woodchips and biomass. Click here for the Who, Why, What, When, and Where of this unique conference.
|Cross Laminated Timbers (CLT) for Multi-Story Buildings
The use of cross laminated timbers in the construction of tall buildings continues to gain momentum as architects and builders continue to see the many benefits of using wood in construction. Read about two buildings nearing completion in Oregon along with the details of a 12 story building in the design phase for the Portland, Oregon area, in thearticle by PalletEnterprise.
|Forklift Fatality While Moving One Empty Pallet
Forklifts do not have to be loaded with high, heavy materials to produce unsafe conditions. I recently read a report where a forklift operator was moving one empty pallet when he turned from an asphalt paved alley onto a gravel surfaced storage yard. The forklift became unstable and tipped over on its side. The operator was crushed and killed between the forklift’s overhead guard and the ground. It is not known whether the operator was thrown from the cab or tried to jump clear of it. What is known is that the operator was not wearing a seat belt. Had he been wearing the seat belt, he would probably be bumped and bruised, but most likely would be alive today. Please make sure that your employees receive proper forklift training, and that all forklifts, and other rolling stock, are equipped with seatbelts, and that the employees are required to wear them.
|Upcoming Lumber Grading Course – Sign Up Now!
- September 19-22, 2016 at the OSU South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio 45661
- 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:
- 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
- Farm Science Review – September 20-22, London, 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. Click here for a complete agenda and registration information
- 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, click here.
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