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Timber Talk 9/19/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, September 21, 2016
To view previous issues advance page numbers at the bottom of this page.
Lumberman’s Outing a Great Success
Last week, just over 100 folks gathered in Wayne County to play golf, shoot sporting clays, and eat a great meal. But most importantly, they came together to raise money to help a neighbor in need. Each year, the lumbermen of east central Ohio raise funds to help one of their own. This year, the person in need was Jerry Miller, young son of Wayne and Leah Miller of Dundee, Ohio. Jerry was severely burned in an accident at the home. The final tally isn’t completed yet, but it looks like this year’s event raised around $14,000 that will be used to help offset a small portion of Jerry’s medical expenses. Click here for a listing of the event sponsors and all the contest winners.
ODNR News Release Urges Caution Around Dead and Dying Ash Trees
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, recently sent out a news release urging landowners to be very cautious in the woods this fall and winter, because of the hazards presented by the millions of dead and dying ash trees as the result of the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. People hiking and hunting in the woods, and even around yard trees, need to be aware of the potential for falling limbs and trees, especially in a windy environment. Read the entire news release at:
**90’ Norway Spruce Needed**
OFA received the following email from an event producer in Montreal, Canada, who is looking for a large Norway Spruce for an event celebrating the 375th anniversary of the city. If you know of the tree he is referencing, or know of another that would work for him, his phone number is at the end of the following:
"I'm a event producer in Montreal and this year is going to be the 375th anniversary of the City. We are looking for a Huge Christmas tree to setup in downtown Montreal for the occasion. A Norway Spruce that would be about 90 feet tall. While doing some research on the Internet I found that in 1987, the Ohio Forestry Association recorded a 90-foot tall specimen of the Norway Spruce in Summit County, Ohio. Do you guys think you could help us find the tree? Don't hesitate to call me to talk about it! 514-566-1719 Philippe"

Monthly Housing Starts Data & Commentary
Following are two links to the Virginia Tech - U.S. Forest Service housing market commentaries for June 2016. These files contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market. Part 1: Main Report , Part 2: Economic Conditions Report. The housing report is a free service of Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the U.S. Forest Service. The reports are intended to help gauge future business activity.

ECOFA Newsletter
Here 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. Don’t miss Levi Arnold’s article on the "Mighty Squirrel”.

** 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.
Upcoming Events:
  • Farm Science Review – September 20-22, London, Ohio
  • 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 this flyer.
  • Paul Bunyan Show 2016 – October 7,8, 9 – Guernsey County Fairgrounds
  • Master Logger Recertification Training- Oct 7, 2016 – at the Paul Bunyan Show – Register Now
  • BMP Training at Scioto Trail State Forest – Oct 27, 2016
  • PVLC Chapter Meeting – Oct 10, 2016 – 7:00 PM – Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SEOLC Chapter Meeting - Oct 12, 2016 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • BMP Training at Scioto Trail State Forest – Oct 27, 2016
  • Chainsaw Level 1 Training at Scioto Trail State Forest – Oct 28, 2016 – **SOLD OUT**

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