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Timber Talk 6/12/17

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, June 14, 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 that discusses nano-scale cellulose products that are showing promise for future products. 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 apply on-line.

Future Logging Careers Act Explained
The Future Logging Careers Act, designed to allow 16 and 17 year olds hands-on training in mechanized timber harvesting in a safe and legal setting under parental supervision, has caused some confusion with people over the safety part of this intended legislation. Here is an editorial written by Danny Dructor, Executive Vice President of the American Loggers Council, that explains the Future Logging Careers Act in easy to understand language.

Managing Your Sugarbush For Syrup and Birds
Audobon Vermont is using research conducted by the University of Vermont to encourage maple syrup producers to manage their sugarbushes in a way that also helps support bird habitat and overall forest health, while maintaining sustainable sap production. Read more about this program here.

Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in May of this year. New Members, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or anyone else at OFA to let us know if we are meeting your needs and expectations.
David Landis of ACT Commodities
Ethan Vance of Ethan Vance Enterprises

Paul Howell of Coldwater, OH
East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church of North Canton, Ohio

Woodland Landowner Field Day At Wayne National Forest
The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV) will hold a free woodland landowners field day on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Athens County. Participants will visit a variety of sites to see how they can manage their woodlands for birds and wildlife. Experts from the U.S. Forest Service, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Ohio State University Extension will give demonstrations at these sites. Managing for turkey, grouse, forest birds, and other wildlife will be the main focus, but information about landowner assistance programs, prescribed fire, and invasive plant control will also be provided. See this flyer for details and registration information.

How To Deal With Dying Ash Trees On Your Property
The Guernsey County Fairgrounds will be the location of an evening workshop to help landowners learn what they can do with the dead and dying ash trees, as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer, that are quickly becoming a safety issue in peoples yards and other areas. Professionals from ODNR Division of Forestry, OSU Extension, and Guernsey SWCD will be conducting the workshop on Thursday evening, June 29th, from 6 – 8 PM. See the flyer for more details and registration information.

Electric Power Concerns For New Or Retrofit Pallet/Saw Mills
Having enough power to run a new or upgraded sawmill or pallet mill, but not so much extra unused capacity that it’s costing you an arm and a leg, is a major consideration when putting a project like this together. Chaille Brindley of Pallet Enterprise recently sat down with Ralph Russell, president of eDiscoveri Energy, to talk about this subject. This conversation, and the important information within, can be read in the article that was published in the most recent email update for the Pallet Enterprise Magazine.

Upcoming Events:

  • 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
  • PVLC Meeting – 7/10/17 - 7:00 PM – Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting - 7/11/17 - 7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
  • ECOLC Meeting - 7/17/17 - 7:00 PM – Location TBD
  • 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
  • Lumber Grading Short Course - 8/14 thru 8/17 2017 – Yoder Lumber Company, Millersburg, Ohio

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