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Timber Talk 9/26/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Monday, September 26, 2016
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Haessly Hardwood Lumber Celebrates 75 Years in Business
On Saturday, September 17, Haessly Hardwood Lumber Company had a celebration event for their 75th anniversary of being in the sawmill business. I was not at all surprised to see that the majority of the folks in attendance were employees, their families, and others from the local area that have been positively impacted over the years by Haessly Lumber or have been instrumental partners in the business success of the Haessly family. The Haessly family, including Jack and his sons Mark and Steve, also accepted official proclamations from Jim Zehringer, Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, State Representative Andy Thompson, the office of state treasurer Josh Mandel, and the Washington County Commissioners office. These proclamations were well deserved, as the Haessly family and their business have been very involved in the at the state level, as well as being pillars of their local community. The Haessly family has been a member and supporter of the Ohio Forestry Association for as long as I can remember. I know them not only for their financial support, but also for something equally as important. They have always given of their time, expertise, and knowledge. I have personally worked side by side with Jack and Mark Haessly at the Paul Bunyan Show equipment contests for 30+ years, as volunteers. Jack and Mark have also given years of volunteer time to the Ohio Wood Industry Network and to the Ohio Forestry Association Board of Directors. In fact, Jack and Mark are both past OFA Presidents. Congratulations for 75 years as a pillar in the community and the industry. May we get back together again in the future to celebrate 100 years!

H2B Guestworker Program facing Renewal/Non-Renewal
As reported earlier in another issue of the TimberTalk, the Returning Worker Exemption is set to expire at the end of this month. This program is critically important to the tree planting industry in the United States that use these guestworkers to man their crews. There is not a big need for this in Ohio, but it could have a big impact on the overall timber industry in this country, if Congress does not renew this returning worker exemption in the Continuing Resolution and FY 2017 funding. Read more about this issue in an article by Paul Davis and Bill Johnson, Jr. at the following link. Paul Davis is the Vice President, Southern Timberlands for Weyerhaeuser Company. Bill Johnson Jr. is Chairman of the Forest Resources Association and President of Johnson Timber.

The Human Health and Social Benefits of Urban Forests
The following excerpt is from an article published by Dovetail Partners, Inc. "Recent research suggests that urban forests can improve human mental and physical health, improve academic performance where school settings and classrooms integrate trees and forest views, increase social cohesion, and, in some cases, contribute to a reduction in crime. While urban forests provide an array of social benefits to people living and working in cities and visiting them, these benefits are often unevenly distributed. Uneven distribution of tree-related benefits frequently correlates with socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity, and education level, as open space and urban tree cover are frequently less common in lower income neighborhoods.” I have seen similar types of information from studies done in Japan based on the ability of a walk in the woods to relieve stress and lower blood pressure. View the entire Dovetail Partners research report here.
7 Things You Should Know When First Using Timbeter
In previous editions of the TimberTalk we introduced a new log/pulpwood measuring App produced by Timbeter. We also published a Q & A session for Timbeter. For this issue, Anna-Greta Tsakkna, Co-Founder and CCO of Timbeter, has supplied us with an article based on the 7 Things You Should Know When First Using Timbeter. Read this article at here.

More Info On Biomass "Carbon Neutrality”
The Forest Resource Association(FRA) is a leader in advocacy for all things dealing with the forest products industry. They recently provided this update on congressional issues surrounding the debate about carbon neutrality of biomass energy.

"In addition to the macro issues of funding the government, Congress returned to face a number of action items on policy, not the least of which impact the energy space. First and foremost is an energy bill. Recall that both chambers have passed legislation (HR 8 and S 2012) and have appointed conferees to hammer out differences in the two bills The House version has some provisions that would certainly draw a veto from the President. It appears that both House and Senate leaders are inclined to drop the more controversial provisions in favor of producing a legislative product that will actually become law. The main challenge continues to be timing. As noted above, there are relatively few legislative days before the end of 2016.Congressional staff will have to kick into overdrive to bridge the divide between the two bills while negotiating new provisions that key House and Senate members are looking to shoe horn into any final package.

Language is included in the Senate-passed measure which would direct EPA, USDA and DOE to set up a process whereby sustainably-sourced, forest-based biomass energy would be considered carbon neutral in air quality and/or energy-related rulemakings or policy. This language is beneficial, but not as binding on the agencies/departments as our sector would prefer. We are working the conference process with our allies in the biomass energy space to:

  • make sure a biomass directive makes it into any final conference package and
  • strengthen this language if possible to resemble language we were able to get into the Senate Interior Appropriations bill.

Outside of the energy bill context, we are also working the Appropriations process to advance biomass carbon neutrality language in the Senate Interior Appropriations bill into any year-end spending deal that may come together. The Senate Interior Appropriations language legally binds EPA not to regulate carbon emissions from biomass combustion as long as certain conditions are met.

Cross Laminated Timbers (CLT) Continues To Gain Ground In The Building Design Marketplace
We have discussed CLT opportunities in past editions of the TimberTalk. In this edition we pass on links to three good articles on the use of these materials in the current and future world of building design. The following links were provided by Forest Market News, a weekly newsletter of the National Association of State Foresters.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/19/design/london-design-festival-the-smile-clt/index.html
http://blog.forest2market.com/clt-and-other-mass-timber-systems-gaining-ground-in-us
http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2016/09/big-advances-in-superstrong-glued-wood.html

US Forest Service Holding Hiring Event
The following information outlines an upcoming opportunity where individuals will be hired for specific permanent positions within the Eastern Region of the USDA Forest Service. For anyone not able to attend in-person, there is an on-line option being offered between Oct. 3 and 7. See below and here for more details and share with individuals who may be interested.

The U.S. Forest Service will conduct a Student and Recent Graduate Hiring Event at the 2016 Society of American Foresters Convention, held November 2-6 in Madison, Wisconsin. Over 140 Pathways Student Intern and Recent Graduate positions will be available at the event. Many of these positions are for foresters, forestry technicians, natural resource managers, or biological technicians. In addition, a few of the positions will be for fisheries and wildlife biologists, and GIS technicians. On-site applications will be accepted at the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, from 2 p.m. to 7p.m. on November 2nd, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 3rd. If applicants are unable to attend the convention, they may apply to the Pathways vacancy announcements on-line on USAJOBS from October 3- 7. In addition, there will also be parallel merit vacancies open to Forest Service employees. Applicants may apply to the merit vacancies on-line on USAJOBS from October 3-12.

Please check this website for updates, job postings, and more information on how to apply.

The outreach document lists all the positions that Region 9 will be filling through this hiring event.

** 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:

 

  • 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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