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Timber Talk 12.26.16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Thursday, December 29, 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 that discusses the carbon footprint of using real Christmas tree vs artificial Christmas trees. See the complete newsletter here.
AEP Settlement Should Lead to Lower Electric Bills
American Electric Power (AEP) and 14 other parties have signed a proposed settlement that will lead to lower electric bills if the settlement is approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). This settlement will end years of court proceedings. Read details of this agreement in a Columbus Dispatch article here.

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 following Annual Meeting nomination form link on the OFA website, and fill out and submit the nomination form on the bottom half of the page.

Trees of the Fragrant Forest
During the Christmas season, lots of folks send out cards with little poems or quotes about Christmas and the season. I decided to look up a few poems about trees and forest products to put in this week’s TimberTalk. What a job! There are lots of poems out there extolling the virtues of hugging and preserving trees, which has its place, but almost nothing on the values of forest products derived from trees, other than a few important ones like shade and oxygen. I finally found one poem that mentions pulp for paper, fuel, and lumber. Read this poem, "Trees of the Fragrant Forest”. The author is unknown, but my guess is that it was written years ago by somebody in the Arbor Day Foundation.

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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