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Timber Talk 6/5/17

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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Important Notice: OFA's 614 area code phone and fax numbers have changed! The new phone number is 1-888-38-TREES (888-388-7337). The new fax number is 740-452-2552. Please update your records accordingly and change any speed dials you might have set up for us. 

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 includes an article on an interactive map developed by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) that uses FIA data to demonstrate the sustainability of harvesting American hardwoods. See the complete newsletter here.


OFA Adds Student Membership Category
The Ohio Forestry Association has recently added a Student Membership category to the association’s membership ranks. This membership is open to all high school and college students. The annual dues are $25. A student membership in OFA will give students immediate access to employment opportunities by giving them contact information of OFA member companies that need young people as employees, through its Membership Directory. It can also give them direct access to these same companies at OFA’s annual membership events and meetings. Student members will also receive educational benefits through the information provided in the weekly TimberTalk on-line newsletter and the quarterly Ohio Woodland Journal magazine. They will also receive 2 Paul Bunyan Show tickets. Spread the word to any high school or college student that is interested in forestry and other natural resource fields. They can join on-line.


Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for June
SOFA has put out their June 2017 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more here.


Wood Is The Most Renewable Resource
Bill Cook, an MSU Extension forester, recently wrote an article about the renewability of wood and the importance of the logging community and the forest products industry. Read the article for the Daily Press.


Project Learning Tree (PLT) Transferring To The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
For many years, PLT has been a part of the American Forest Foundation (AFF) as a sister program to the American Tree Farm System (ATFS). A few weeks ago, AFF announced that they were looking to transition PLT to another quality stakeholder so that AFF could concentrate on their core focus of forest conservation. AFF announced this week that SFI will be accepting the national sponsorship of PLT. Tom Martin of AFF states, “SFI is a non-profit, charitable organization that has become a sustainability leader dedicated to the future of our forests. SFI’s mission, vision, and key objectives are to strengthen the connections between the conservation values of responsibly managed forests and sustainable communities, as well as supply chain assurances. SFI’s community engagement programs have long included support for youth education and connecting youth to forests.  SFI Inc as well as several SFI Implementation Committees have consistently supported PLT initiatives across the country. PLT is aligned with SFI’s mission, vision, and key objectives, and bringing the PLT program under SFI’s umbrella will further SFI and PLT’s reach in ensuring today’s youth can be effective future leaders with a strong understanding of the value of responsibly managed forests, a commitment to sustainability, and the skills to make responsible decisions about the environment. PLT and SFI will also work together to engage youth in conservation activities and outdoor education. ” AFF and ATFS will continue to work with and support PLT through grant programs during this transition. The formal transfer is expected to be completed in July 2017.


Wood Innovation Grants Announced By U. S. Forest Service
The Wood Innovation Grants are designed to keep our forests healthy and help create jobs in rural communities. U.S. Forest Service Chief, Tom Tidwell, recently announced grants that, combined with matching funds from other sources, will total over $45 million dollars. Most of these grants focus on expanding wood markets and increasing wood energy markets. See a complete rundown of the grant projects and learn more about these grants in the article from the Morning Ag Clips on-line newsletter from June 1, 2017.


Bureau of Workers Comp Offering Free Webinars For Employers
The Ohio Bureau of Workers Comp is offering free information to employers through a series of short webinars. Their news release on these webinars reads as follows:

BWC INFORMATION: FREE Webinars!  Get the latest BWC updates in less than 25 minutes
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is beginning a new series of brief, informative webinars on topics of interest to employers. We’ll offer a webinar twice a month. Each webinar will last approximately 20 to 25 minutes. You can view the webinars from the comfort of your office or attend in person at one of BWC’s service offices. By attending in person, you will have the opportunity to meet with a BWC representative.
To kick things off, this month we will cover Policy year 2017 renewal, the 2-percent early pay discount and future dating of payments.

Click here to register to visit your local service office and view the webinar with BWC staff.
(When registering, please provide your name, title, policy number (or company name), phone number and email address.)

Follow the links below if you wish to attend the webinar but not visit a service office.

Webinar schedule & registration links.
1:30 p.m., June 13
11:30 a.m., June 29

Please note: The webinars will be recorded and available for future viewing here.
(Note: In the Columbus area, the on-site option will be at our BWC OCOSH location, 13430 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, Ohio).


Ohio Again Leads Nation In Tree City USA Program
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently announced that for the 36th consecutive year, Ohio was recognized as the national leader in the Tree City USA program. Ohioans planted more than 27,000 trees last year and invested a total of $40.8 million in urban forestry efforts.


Portman Visits OFA Member Companies
Last week, U.S. Senator from Ohio, Rob Portman, visited Haessly Hardwood Lumber Company in Marietta, and Speyside Bourbon Cooperage in Waverly, to meet with workers and ownership to how his bipartisan Regulatory Accountability Act will help make federal regulations smarter and more effective so they better support Ohio business, families, and jobs. He also discussed the importance of reforming the tax code to help create more jobs with better wages and increase investment so that companies like these can expand. Read the press releases from the Haessly Hardwood Lumber here,  and for Speyside Bourbon Cooperage here.


AHMI Summer Conference With Latest On Chinese Markets For American Hardwoods
American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) Executive Director, Mike Snow, will give a mid-summer update on the Chinese markets for American Hardwoods at the Appalachian Hardwoods Manufacturers, Inc (AHMI) conference in Asheville, NC, on July 23-25, 2017. Click here for a complete list of sessions and registration information for the conference.


Muskingum River Woodlands Interest Group (MRWIG) Newsletter
MRWIG has distributed their April/May 2017 newsletter. Click here to see their upcoming schedule of interesting field days in central Ohio, and a recap of their recent visit to an active Bald Eagle nest in Knox County.


From Forests To Furniture Tour
The Ohio Woodland Stewards program is inviting you to spend a day with them as they tour Ohio’s forests, then follow the logs through the sawmilling and furniture manufacturing businesses. The tour is June 13, 2017, and starts at the OSU Mansfield Campus. It will also include stops at Yoder Lumber Company and HW Chair. There will be lots of good information dispersed throughout the day from various resource professionals. Click here for complete details and registration information. 


Tree Planting Demo On Strip Mine Land Friday, June 9
ODNR-Division of Forestry forester, Jeremy Scherf, will be giving a tree planting demo this Friday on strip mined ground as part of a Reclaiming Agriculture Field Day in Belmont County. The tour focuses on using strip mined ground for agriculture. See this flyer for more details.


Upcoming Events:
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 thru 6/16 2017 – Camp Muskingum, Carroll County, Ohio
MRWIG Business Meeting – 6/13/17 – 6:00 PM – Weasel Buy Brewing Company, Zanesville, 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
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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