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Timber Talk 12.19.16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Monday, December 19, 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. This week’s edition includes an article explaining how current research in nanocellulose may end up putting wood derived materials into fat-free mayonnaise. See the complete newsletter here.
Monthly Housing Starts Data & Commentary
Following are two links to the Virginia Tech - U.S. Forest Service housing market commentaries for October 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.
Record Hardwood Lumber Exports for 2016, Continued Growth Expected for 2017
The "Hardwood Leader” s reporting that hardwood lumber exports for 2016 will set record numbers for volume exported. 2017 could see new records, as China’s economy is expected to continue at a growth rate of nearly 7%, and China accounts for over 50% of the hardwood lumber export market. There was also an improvement in domestic hardwood demand in 2016 over 2015. The "Hardwood Leader” is also forecasting an increase in demand for domestic hardwood lumber in 2017, as an anticipated Trump bounce in both the economy and in consumer confidence should cause an acceleration.
Dovetail Partners releases 2016 Year-In-Review "Outlook” Newsletter
The December issue of Dovetail Partners "Outlook” newsletter contains links to their 2016 reports, which cover topics like; an Environmental Quiz, Biochar, Agroforestry, Tall Wood Buildings, Habitat Conservation Plans. Etc. It also contains links to their archive of over 240 reports and commentaries, as well as all their news articles. This edition can be viewed here. "The Outlook" is the monthly e-newsletter of Dovetail Partners, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit corporation.
ECOFA Newsletter
Here is the East Central Ohio Forestry Association January 2017 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, as well as a schedule of upcoming events. This newsletter contains excerpts from Alan Walter’s talk on his experiences from the European Tree Farm Tour that he was on earlier this year.
Brad’s Safety Comments
This past Friday evening through Saturday morning brought the first real freezing rain of the season to central Ohio. Driving was obviously going to be treacherous Saturday morning, but as I went outside to reload the bird and squirrel feeders, I realized that even walking at that time had the potential to be treacherous. Since I just came off knee surgery, and my body is not as amenable to falling as it was when I was younger, I decided to take a moment to plan my traverse. I looked for flat ground to walk on. I looked for areas under trees that had not seen the freezing rain hit the ground. I looked for grassy or gravelly areas that would give me better traction than sloped, ice covered concrete. And I moved slowly and deliberately. I finished the task unscathed. Slips, Trips and Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in the home and workplace. It is even more of a problem in the winter. Check out the Winter Slips, Trips and Falls Safety bulletin for ways to help avoid these problems for the rest of the winter.

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

Upcoming Events:

ECOFA Meeting – 1/4/17 – 7:00 PM – Dover Public Library

SOLC Chapter Meeting – 1/10/17 – Lucasville, Ohio

MVLC Chapter Meeting – 1/11/17 – 7:00 PM, McConnellsville, Ohio

SVLC Chapter Meeting – 1/19/17 – 5:30 PM, Bergholz, Ohio

ECOLC Chapter Meeting – 1/23/17 – Millersburg, Ohio

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