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Timber Talk 10/24/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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ODNR Announces "Forest of Honor” Inductees
On Wednesday October 12, 2016, more than 100 people from around the state celebrated the induction of two individuals and one organization into the Division of Forestry’s "Forest of Honor” at Zaleski State Forest. It was a gorgeous fall day in southern Ohio as Glenn Waggy, Dr. Paul Mechling, and The Nature Conservancy were honored with commemorative plaques and a live tree planting. ODNR Director, Jim Zehringer, was on hand to recognize not only these three awardees, but also many current and retired Division of Forestry employees. At the end of the proceedings, a great pot luck luncheon was provided for all in attendance. See a complete write-up on the inductees here.

OVLDA & ADKA Announces Joint Fall Meeting
The Ohio Valley Lumber Drying Association and the Appalachian Dry Kiln Association will be having their Fall 2016 Joint Meeting on November 3-4, 2016 at the Quality Inn in Jackson, Ohio. They will be having tours at; Vinton Furnace Experimental Forest, S & J Lumber, and Speyside Bourbon Cooperage. Speakers for the event include; Dr. Brian Bond, Dr. Eric McConnell, Mr. David Apsley, and Mr. Dan Yaussy. See the brochure for complete details and registration information.

First Energy Power Purchase Agreement
OFA has been periodically updating its membership on the continuing saga of American Electric Power(AEP) and First Energy(FE) in their efforts to get favorable Power Purchase Agreements(PPA’s) approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio(PUCO) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission(FERC). Sherri Loscko of Riverside Energy explains the latest ruling on First Energy here.
Monthly Housing Stats Data & Commentary
Following are two links to the Virginia Tech - U.S. Forest Service housing market commentaries for August 2016. These files contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market. Part 1: Main Report and 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.

Sector Spotlight: Furniture – From "The Hardwood Leader”
Even with decent tailwinds - including steady housing growth, low mortgage rates, low inflation, low unemployment and rising wages—the furniture industry isn’t carrying much momentum into fall. New furniture orders were down 17% in Jul and were 5% lower than in Jul 2015 (Smith Leonard). Rising consumer confidence in Aug provided yet another tailwind.  As a result, the industry is asking itself why business isn’t better than it is. One answer, Smith Leonard says, appears to be economic uncertainty surrounding the presidential election. Several emerging design trends also appear to be cutting into furniture sales, according to Furniture Today/Home of the Future
. Kitchen islands are replacing kitchen/dining room tables as the main social gathering place in the home. Secondly, master baths and closets are growing in size and cutting into space for free-standing furniture. In addition, traditional living rooms are getting squeezed by other areas, including outdoor living spaces, or are positioned as "hearth” rooms requiring smaller-scale furniture. While furniture industry growth will outpace the U.S. economy in 2016, it won’t be double the GDP growth—as it has been in recent years—barring a year-end rush on home purchasing ahead of a potential Fed rate increase.

Pallet Enterprise Classifieds
Here is a recent offering of classified ads from Pallet Enterprise. These classifieds consist of machinery, lumber, job openings, etc.

Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in September 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.

Beau Newlon - Newlon’s International Sales, Elkins WV
Chris Geiger - Engine House Power Equipment, Cambridge, OH
Marketing Director - FAE USA, Flowery Branch GA
Tony Apollonio - FYDA Freightliner, Zanesville, OH

Matthew Peyko - Youngstown, OH
Robert Kenny – Hemlock, MI
Cierra Bailey – Parma, OH (Cleveland Metroparks)
Larry Mitcheltree – New Castle PA (Koppers)
Bon Carter – Deshler OH

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. Each week’s newsletter has articles about: Forest Markets, Housing, Working Forests, New Products and Technology, and Renewable Energy. One article in this week’s newsletter discusses a 40 year study conducted on biomass harvesting techniques that show few long term impacts on soils, trees and plant recovery. See this newsletter here.

Forest Products Marketing Unit Update from USDA Forest Service
This update focuses on the recent Presidential Proclamation of National Forest Products Week. This week begins on the 3rd Sunday in October. This year it was October 16-22, 2016, last week. I hope those of you that were unaware of this proclamation, as I was, unknowingly celebrated it in some way. Included in this update are links to several reports and publications, as well as a schedule of upcoming events, such as the "Future of the Hardwood Lumber Industry” conference coming up on November 2-3 in Princeton, WV.
ECOFA Newsletter
Here is the September 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.
Fall Foliage Season is Here
We are in the peak of fall foliage colors. With the dry fall that we have been experiencing, the colors have been truly vibrant. Many areas offer fall foliage driving tours to show off the brilliant landscapes. Check for tours in your local areas and get out and enjoy a drive this weekend, as it won’t be long till the leaves are gone and everything will be brown and gray. Click here for an explanation of the science behind our beautiful fall leaf colors.
Upcoming Events:
  • 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 - CANCELLED
  • Chainsaw Level 2 Training at Maumee State Forest – Nov 5, 2016 – Swanton, Ohio - CANCELLED
  • 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
  • OFA Executive Committee Meeting –Nov 9, 2016 – 10:00 AM – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Board of Directors Meeting –Nov 9, 2016 – 1:00 PM – Columbus, Ohio
  • LSC Meeting -Nov 9, 2016 – 5:00 PM – Columbus, Ohio
  • MVLC Chapter Meeting Nov 9, 2016 – 7:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio

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