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Monday, October 17, 2016
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|Paul Bunyan Show A Success On All Fronts!|
The 2016 Paul Bunyan Show completed its weekend activities late Sunday afternoon on October 9, 2016. The weather for this year’s show was as good as it gets for this time of year. Temperatures were in the 60’s and 70’s with only a mist of rain overnight on Saturday, which wasn’t even enough to settle the dust. The paid/ticketed attendance was 10,766 the highest we have seen in the past 10 years. Most of the exhibitors and vendors I talked with reported to have had good to exceptional sales at this year’s event. Only a couple were mildly disappointed in their results. The educational seminars were well attended, as were the various competitions held throughout the weekend. The one thing that stood out to me when talking to vendors that participate in shows like this all over the country was, that this is their favorite show because of how well it is run, how efficiently their needs are met, and how positively they are treated by everyone. This speaks volumes to the level of professionalism that our event staff shows, and to the great volunteer force that makes this show run as smoothly and efficiently as it does. It wouldn’t happen this way without all of you sacrificing of your valuable time to do what you do. I also want to thank the many OFA members and vendors that donated wood and equipment to the show. It takes a large, dedicated team of volunteers and members to pull off a show like this, and OFA obviously has a great team.
Bob Boyles Named SAF Fellow
Past OFA President and current Ohio state forester, Bob Boyles, was recently named a Fellow by the Society of American Foresters. Following is the ODNR press release on this deserving award of a longtime member and friend to the Ohio Forestry Association and its programs.
COLUMBUS, OH – Robert Boyles, Ohio’s state forester, was recently named a Fellow by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
"Robert’s work to promote sound forestry practices throughout Ohio has been invaluable toward efforts to maintain healthy, productive forests across the nation,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "His dedication and leadership continue to raise awareness with private woodland owners, business owners, outdoor enthusiasts, young people and leaders in government and academia about the importance our forests and woodlands hold in our daily lives.”
Awardees are recognized for exemplary action and sustained leadership over many years in advancing the forestry profession at the local, state and national level.
The SAF Fellow is recognized as an ambassador for the advancement of forestry and is the highest award given to SAF members by their peers.
The SAF was founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. SAF’s mission is to advance sustainable management of forest resources through science, education and technology. Their mission is also to enhance the competency of its members and to establish professional excellence. SAF urges members to use their knowledge, skills and conservation ethic to ensure the continued health, integrity and use of forests to benefit society in perpetuity.
Under Boyles’ leadership, ODNR obtained independent review and recertification this year for all of the 21 state forests under the management of the ODNR Division of Forestry. The division received recertification to the principles and criteria of two internationally recognized organizations - the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The SFI integrates principles of environmental protection, while the FSC promotes responsible forest stewardship worldwide. All of Ohio’s 21 state forests covering more than 200,000 acres are recertified.
Ohio was also recently recognized as the leading Tree City USA state in the nation for the 35thconsecutive year. The Buckeye State has 241 participating cities, villages and townships that have achieved the Tree City USA designation.
Boyles will be recognized at the SAF National Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, in November and at the Ohio SAF 2017 Winter Meeting at The Ohio State University in March.
The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
|OFA Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp Receives John Hug Legacy Award From PLT|
At the Forestry Advisory Council meeting held on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at the Paul Bunyan Show, Ohio Project Learning Tree(PLT) coordinator, Sue Wintering, and Ohio state forester, Bob Boyles, presented the OFAForestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp with the prestigious John Hug Legacy Award for its 60+ years of environmental education. The plaque reads that this award: Honors "Leaders of Learners” epitomizing outstanding contributions to environmental education. On hand to receive the award were myself and current co-coordinators of the camp. Jeremy Scherf from ODNR Division of Forestry, and Marne Titchenell from OSU Extension. Also on hand for the presentation were several members of the PLT Board, as well as the Forestry Advisory Council, and past OFA Executive Directors, John Dorka and Bob Romig. We are honored that the Camp continues to be recognized for the great environmental education opportunity that it provides to high school age students. As with any endeavor like this Camp, it would not be possible if not for the outstanding leadership of our camp coordinators, and the commitment shown by all the volunteers that give of their time to share their knowledge and expertise with the camp attendees each and every year. Thank you to everyone involved both past and present!
|Electrocuting the Emerald Ash Borer|
Jack Haessly, of OFA member company Haessly Hardwood Lumber, recently sent me information on an article in National Geographic magazine about research being done with the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). A couple years ago, researchers at Penn State developed female EAB decoys that could apply a 4000 volt surge of electricity to a male that landed on them. This is the first that I have heard of this technology, and do not know whether it has been advanced further. However, the article is a very interesting read into the science and creativity to develop a "femme fatale” EAB decoy.
Fyda Freightliner Offering "Paul Bunyan Show” special to OFA Members for New Trucks and Service
Fyda Freightliner Western Star of Zanesville is offering a "Paul Bunyan Show” special to any OFA member who purchases a new Western Star 4700 or 4900 model from their Zanesville dealership. They would also like to extend an automatic parts and service credit to be used at any of their group of dealerships in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The credit would be as follows:
- $3000 credit for any 4900 Sleeper purchase
- $2500 credit for any 4900 day cab or dump truck purchase
- $2000 credit for any 4700 day cab or dump truck purchase
This offer is good from October 7, 2016 through the end of the month.
For more information, contact sales manager, Tony Apollonio at:
Fyda Freightliner Western Star Zanesville
5005 East Pike
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
|Forest Markets Weekly Newsletter|
The National Association of State Foresters' Forest Markets Committee releases a Weekly Newsletter full of all things Forestry and Forest Products Industry related. This week’s newsletter has articles about: Forest Markets, Housing, Working Forests, New Products and Technology, and Renewable Energy. One very interesting article is focused on the completion of the world’s tallest wooden building, located in British Columbia. See this newsletter here.
|Jefferson County Extension Connection Newsletter|
The newsletter from the Jefferson County Extension office is full of interesting articles for folks all over the state. Articles included in this edition cover topics such as: Oak Leaf Itch Mite, Outdoor Photo Tips for Fall Colors, Fall Pruning Tips, Poison Ivy, and Pleasing Fungus Beetles.
Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for October
SOFA has put out their October newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more here.
|Woods to Mill Blog|
Tom Martin of the American Forest Foundation, recently wrote an interesting article for the Forest Resource Association’s "Woods to Mill Blog”. his article summarizes a report by the American Forest Foundation that discusses the positive effects that southern forest landowners can have on helping at-risk wildlife species in some of the world’s most productive forests. The article is very interesting and has links to the complete report entitled: Southern Wildlife at Risk: Family Forest Owners Offer a Solution.
Other Upcoming Events:
- 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**
- NWOLC Northern Group Chapter Meeting - Nov 1, 2016 – 6:00 PM – Findlay, Ohio
- Chainsaw Level 2 Training at Maumee State Forest – Nov 4, 2016 – Swanton, Ohio
- Chainsaw Level 2 Training at Maumee State Forest – Nov 5, 2016 – Swanton, Ohio
- NWOLC Southern Group Chapter Meeting - Nov 8, 2016 – 6:00 PM – New Carlisle, Ohio
- SOLC Chapter Meeting – Nov 8, 2016 – 7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
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