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Timber Talk 11/27/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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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. See the last two week’s entire newsletters here and here.

Alaska Airlines Jet Uses Fuel From Wood Residuals
Alaska Airlines recently flew the first commercial flight using a 20% blend of jet fuel derived from cellulosic fiber from wood residuals. Read about this historic moment for a new wood based technology here

Hugging The Forest, Rather Than The Trees
Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. (SFI) recently spoke at the TEDx Conference, and gave a great 10 minute talk entitled "Hugging The Forest, Rather Than The Trees – How Responsible Forestry Does More Than Stop Deforestation”. She presents a a quick and easy talk on how to get the point across that proper, sustainable forest management helps the individual, the forest, the community, and our quality of life. This video can be seen here. The "SFI In Brief”newsletter also contains links to the video as well as articles on several other things that SFI, Inc has recently been involved with.

Federal Judge Blocks Department of Labor Overtime Rule
On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas issued an emergency injunction that effectively blocks the implementation of the Department of Labor’s overtime pay rule that was to go into effect on December 1, 2016. This rule would have affected more than 4 million private sector workers, making them eligible for mandatory extra pay or time off. The Texas judge felt that the regulation oversteps the Congressional intent which states that the Department of Labor can define which workers are considered salaried based on their job duties, but not how much money they make. This injunction will leave the status quo in effect until things are sorted out.

Kentucky Forest Industry Association (KFIA) November Newsletter
For those interested to see some of the same, as well as different, issues that our forest industry members in neighboring Kentucky are dealing with, the KFIA November newsletter will provide some insight. Thanks to former OFA president, Rob McCarthy for forwarding us this information.

Needed: OFA Conservation Award Nominations
OFA’s Winter Annual Meeting, March 1-2, 2017, will be upon us before we know it. At that time, we like to recognize individuals who have been outstanding in their fields, activities, or efforts in five areas that OA considers important to the overall success of forestry and the forest industry in Ohio. These five areas and corresponding awards are as follows:

Outstanding Individual in Government Service - For outstanding effort in the field of forestry-related conservation work.

Outstanding Individual in Industry - For outstanding work by an individual in the forest or wood products industry.

Outstanding Individual in Private Service - For outstanding work in private service in the area of forestry.

Outstanding Logging Activist - For outstanding promotions of logging and/or the Ohio Master Logging Company Program.

Outstanding Individual in Conservation Education - For outstanding effort in the field of conservation education.

If you know someone deserving of one of these awards, please contact us at the OFA office, or better yet, go to the Annual Meeting nomination form, and fill out and submit the nomination form on the bottom half of the page.
Purdum Logging Article in TimberLine Magazine
Ohio Master Logging Company and OFA member, Purdum Logging, has a nice article in the November 2016 issue of TimberLine Magazine. The article discusses owner Brett Purdum’s beginnings in the forest products industry and his progression from a whole tree cutting crew to a cut-to-length pulpwood crew, and emphasizes the equipment that has enabled him to be productive and profitable while making this transition. Read the entire article here.

Upcoming Events:
  • NEOLC Chapter Meeting – 12/14/16 – Middlefield, Ohio
  • SEOLC Chapter Meeting – 12/14/16 – 7:00 PM, Jackson, Ohio
  • SOLC Chapter Meeting – 1/10/17 – Lucasville, Ohio
  • MVLC Chapter Meeting – 1/11/17 – 7:00 PM, McConnelsville, Ohio

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