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Timber Talk 5/22/17

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Important Notice: OFA's local 614 area code phone and fax numbers are changing! The new phone number will be 1-888-38-TREES (888-388-7337). The new fax number will be 740-452-2552. Please update your records accordingly and change any speed dials you might have set up for us. The 614 numbers will be disconnected effective May 1!

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 newsletter contains an article showing 8 incredible buildings that prove that wood is good. See the complete newsletter here. 
Lumber Grading Short Course Added
Due to high demand we have added an additional Lumber Grading Course to be held at Yoder Lumber in Millersburg. The dates are August 14-17. This class will fill quickly, so register soon.
Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter
Here is the May 2017 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains information about their next meeting topic, which will be a panel discussion on timber harvesting from a landowner’s perspective, and a recap of their Annual Banquet and Auction.
Hazel Rods and Saplings Needed for Historic Project at George Washington Family Home
A landowner who is looking for a source of 400 sapling-sized (1.5-2” in diameter, 6’ in height) trees for use in a historic project constructing a wattle fence for a George Washington family home recently contacted Adam Komar, Service Forester, ODNR Division of Forestry. They are also looking for a source of hazel rods. If you or someone you know is interested in helping out, please call or e-mail Adam and he will put you in touch with the individual. Adam’s contact info is: , Office: 740-674-4035; Cell: 740-961-0194.
From The Hardwood Leader
The Big Picture - Following is “The Big Picture” from the June 2017 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc.

The demand for hardwood lumber will remain quite strong domestically and in most parts of the world. U.S. hardwood exports in Q1 were up 11% year-over-year, with gains in every species except Alder and Beech. Lumber prices have recently held firm or continued to rise, with turnarounds in some of what have been real “dogs” for the industry for quite a while, including Cherry and Hickory—although Hickory is just starting to edge off the bottom. Active Chinese purchasing will lift Cherry prices further, but more so for the commons than the uppers. First-quarter shipments of lower-grade Birch to Mexico were nearly four times higher than in Q1 2016, but upper-grade Sap/Btr Birch prices could show some weakness over the next month. Heavy export demand will continue to lift Walnut prices and likely stave off the typical summer price slump. Likewise, producers are optimistic that low inventories at home and abroad will sustain Red Oak prices through the summer.

The outlook for low-grade lumber is not nearly as optimistic, especially as production continues to grow. Over the next few months, and into the summer, some mills’ low-grade inventories will back up to the point of impacting production, and prices for all low-grade items (with the possible exception of pallet cants) will be under pressure.
Kentucky Forest Industry Association (KFIA) May 2017 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, read the KFIA March newsletter. Thanks to former OFA president, Rob McCarthy for forwarding us this information.

Dovetail Partners May “Outlook” Newsletter
The May issue of Dovetail Partners “Outlook” newsletter contains information on the use of Biochar as an Innovative Wood Product , as well as information on a LearningLife Program with Dr. Jim Bowyer. This edition can be viewed here.  "The Outlook" is the monthly e-newsletter
of Dovetail Partners, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit corporation.

Report Claims American Chestnut Rescue Will Succeed, But Slower Than Expected
A report released by Penn State  on May 16, 2017, claims that the effort over the past near century time frame, to employ selective breeding to rescue the American Chestnut, will eventually succeed but will take longer than people initially thought. The study that produced these findings was conducted by a team of scientists from Penn State, The American Chestnut Foundation, and the State University of New York. Read the news release on this report here.

Monthly Housing Starts Data & Commentary
Following are two links to the Virginia Tech - U.S. Forest Service housing market commentaries for March 2017. These files contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market. Part 1: Main Report, 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.

FRA Reports On Federal Forest Reform
The Forest Resource Association (FRA) reports that the  House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing on Wednesday titled  ‘Oversight Hearing on Seeking Better Management of America's Overgrown, Fire-Prone National Forests’. Tom McClintock (R-CA) chairs this subcommittee and is very outspoken about the need for more management on our federal forestland holdings. In his opening comments to the hearing, Tom stated that there are currently 102 million dead trees currently standing denuded in the Sierra Nevada. Additionally, he pointed out that over the last 45 years, timber harvesting on national forest lands has been reduced by 80 percent.   The hearing served to highlight the growing wildfire crisis that is draining forest service budgets and placing private property and lives in jeopardy. FRA is expecting movement in the House again this year on the federal forest management reform issue.

News From The Wayne National Forest
The Wayne National Forest recently put out news releases on their Recreational Fee Waiver Dates and the Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful Program Grants. See the News Releases for details.

Protecting Workers From The Effects Of Heat
The temperature has been in the mid to upper 80’s a few times in the past week. That means that it is starting to get uncomfortable for those working in the woods, in sawmills, and other non-air conditioned environments. Don’t let that uncomfortableness turn into a heat related emergency. Take precautions this summer to protect yourself and your workers from heat rash, heat cramps, heat stress, heat exhaustion, or the deadly heat stroke. Read the OSHA Fact Sheet entitled “Protecting Workers from the Effects of Heat” to learn the symptoms of these illnesses and how they can be prevented.

Upcoming Events

  • Lumber Grading Short Course, 6/5 - 6/8 - Yoder Lumber Company, Millersburg, Ohio
  • A Day In The Woods-Second Friday Series-Breeding Birds, 6/9/17, 9:00 AM, Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp, 6/11 - 6/16 - Camp Muskingum, Carroll County, Ohio
  • SEOLC Meeting, 6/14/17, 7:00 PM - Jackson, Ohio
  • OFA Summer Meeting - Valley Gem Sternwheeler Reception, Golf, Clay Shoot, July 18-19, Marietta, Ohio Register here
  • OHIO SAF Summer Meeting, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - Vinton Furnace Experimental Forest
  • 2nd 2017 Lumber Grading Short Course - 8/14 thru 8/17 2017 - Yoder Lumber Company, Millersburg, Ohio

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