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Timber Tal 6/26/17

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Monday, June 26, 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. 
OFA Summer Meeting Fast Approaching!
Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18-19, 2017 – Back by popular demand, OFA will be visiting the Marietta area for its 2017 Summer Meeting, Clay Shoot, and Golf Outing. The ever popular Valley Gem Riverboat Cruise Reception will again be on the agenda, this year on Tuesday afternoon, July 18. The Sporting Clay Shoot at Hilltop Sports outside Whipple, and the Golf Outing at Lakeside Golf Course in Beverly will be on Wednesday, July 19, followed by dinner at the golf course. There are still sponsorship opportunities available. You may register on-line, or call 888-388-7337. IMPORTANT NOTICE!! – The 2017 Event is on TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY this year, NOT the usual Wednesday and Thursday.
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 a very good article titled, “Forest Heroes: it begins with logging”. See the complete newsletter here.
Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter
Here is the Jun 2017 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains information about their next meeting topic, which will be a visit to Hillcrest Lumber Company and Keim Lumber.

Important Workers Comp Dates and Deadlines
The following information on Workers Comp important dates, deadlines, and other information is provided by OFA’s Workers Comp Group Ratings Plan provider, CareWorksComp. It is applicable to all employers, not just those in our group rating program. Here is a flyer announcing a workshop on how to apply intermediate and advanced risk reduction solutions to Ohio workers compensation.

Please put on your radar several dates coming up…not the least of which is the second BWC True-Up process. The 2016 payroll True-Up can be done as early as July 1, and the deadline to report and pay is August 15. Last year proved to be confusing for some employers, so be sure to complete this at your earliest convenience to remain in good standing with BWC. Please see this article for more information on completing the True-Up.

June 30, 2017:

  • Final day to complete Safety Council Participation requirements. (See below).
  • Final day to complete Industry Specific Safety Program (ISSP) loss prevention activities.
  • Deadline to complete the ISSP on-site consultation survey (form SH-29).

July 1, 2017:

  • Beginning of the 2017 policy year.
  • BWC will send 2016 Policy Year payroll true-up notice, or you can go online to complete starting on this date.
  • Start of the following 2017 BWC programs:
    • Drug Free Safety Program
    • Deductible Program
    • Individual Retrospective Rating Program
    • Group Rating Programs and Group Retrospective Rating  Programs
    • One Claim Program
    • Industry Specific Safety Program
    • Transitional Work Bonus Program
    • .99  EM Construction Cap
    • EM Cap

July 3, 2017:

  • First 2017 premium installment is due.

Two Hour Safety Training Requirement: If you participated in either a group rating or group retrospective rating program in the 2016 policy year and had a claim occur between 7/1/14 and 9/30/15, your company is required to complete two hours of certified group safety training by June 30. I have INCLUDED a flier outlining the different ways in which this can be accomplished.

Billion Back Rebate: A reminder that BWC will be returning over one billion dollars to Ohio employers starting this July! If you had an active workers’ comp policy in the 2015 policy year and meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive 66% of your 2015 premium back in rebate form from BWC. The process will begin in July, if you are a private state funded employer. The exception is for those employers who were in a group retro program in 2015…your rebate will be sent once the 2015 group retro refunds are released this fall.
BWC Fax Numbers: BWC discontinued all toll-free fax numbers attached to their customer service offices, as of May 31. You may fax any documents to 866.336.8352. Please note that this change does not affect MCOs; they will continue to use the fax numbers assigned. This change also does not impact the lump sum settlement fax lines.

Unemployment Cost Control Tip:  If responding to unemployment claim requests are one of the many hats you wear, don't allow the task to fall to the bottom of the to-do list. Upon receipt of the notification, begin gathering facts and preparing your response. Vague or untimely responses often hurt an employer's chances of winning the claim. Either fax or submit your response via the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) online system.  Keep in mind, claim responses must be sorted through and forwarded to the state adjudicator assigned to the claim.  You want to give the adjudicator enough time to review the facts prior to making their ruling by the mandated state deadline.  Failing to provide timely and thorough responses often result in the claimant being granted benefits even if you believe they are not deserving of them.  

For additional information on controlling your unemployment expenses or to be set up for full representation contact Kammy Staton at 614.526.7165 or  

OSHA Update: OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically. We will update you as soon as OSHA clarifies their position on electronic filing, although at this point it seems unlikely that this will take effect by the initial deadline of July 1. However, the suggestion from RiskControl360° is to be prepare to submit the 2016 Form 300A in an electronic version, such as an excel file, just in case.

The Old Oak Table
The following poem, titled “A Farmer’s Table”, was recently published in the Morning Ag Clips newsletter. No author was attributed to the prose, only that it came from Greenwich, NY.

‘Round the old oak table, it’s where my family likes to be, in this comfortable farm kitchen, it’s how all are greeted, by me.

Fresh baked cookies, chicken potpie, these are some of the homey flavors that waft, luring everyone from outside.

“Sit down, get off your feet, can I get you anything to eat? Tell me all about it, please. Graze on these fresh picked vegetables, and your home grown meat.”

Well oiled from my farm family’s hands; worn, very round, and average that I stand. My pedestal, strong, I make for a good place for anyone to land.

It is here where my family shares their meals, their thoughts, laughs and cries with any who decide to stop by.

Sometimes I seat just a pair, with many evenings an army I have to share. Grab one more chair, it does get a little chummy, but we always fair.

Piles of mail, stacks of Fastline, Country Folk, and Nasco, nary an issue that doesn’t go by without detail.

Farm meetings, neighbor visits, and family arguments, been privy to them all. But no worries, the secret’s safe, never leaving these four walls.

I stand straight, I stand strong, catching any tear or firm hand that may hit my table. I can hold strong and stable, never wavering, I am always able.

I have seen streaks of children run by, in and out, in and out. I have held long silent cups of coffee, seen things through, and items worn out.

I have been around for the ups, and held tight through the downs.

I have witnessed those reassuring hugs, been the center of impromptu dance parties, even sheltering the dog when things got a little stormy.

Falling milk prices, rising commodity trends, weather forecasts, there isn’t much that I can’t withstand.

And years from now, as my little farmers expand and disburse to their own kitchens I know they will all come back. They look to gather in no other place but in this farm kitchen, around me, their old round oak table.

Wayne National Forest Invites Comments on Community Mountain Bike Trail
The Wayne National Forest is seeking public feedback on the proposed Baileys Mountain Bike Trail Project. This project, if approved, would authorize a 92-mile bike trail system near the communities of Athens, Nelsonville, Chauncey, and Buchtel. Please see the News Release for details of the project and how to comment.

Wanted: Flowering American Chestnut Trees
The American Chestnut Foundation (ACF) is actively looking for information on naturally occurring flowering American Chestnut trees. Please see the ATTACHED new release from the Forest Resource Association explaining ACF’s research and findings, as well as how you can be a part of this exciting project of trying to bring back one of America’s most important forest trees.
Loggers in a chestnut forest. Courtesy Forest History Society

Dovetail Partners June “Outlook” Newsletter
The June issue of Dovetail Partners “Outlook” newsletter contains information on Urban Forest Sustainability and Management Review , as well as other informative topics. This edition can be viewed here. "The Outlook" is the monthly e-newsletter of Dovetail Partners, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit corporation.

Ohio Maple Producers Association Annual Meeting
The Ohio Maple Producers Association will be having their annual meeting in Streetsboro, Ohio on July 14 and 15. The meeting will include a tour of a sand & gravel pit, a sugarhouse tour, and a maple syrup grading tour on Friday, July 14th, and on Saturday there will be another sugarhouse tour and an exotic/invasive species program with OSU Forestry Specialist, Kathy Smith. For registration information and                Picture from Farm & Dairy
complete details on the event, visit the Ohio Maple Producers Association’s website at:

Upcoming Events:

  • EAB Workshop - 6/29/17 - 6:00 PM - Guernsey County SWCD Office - Old Washington, 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 - 8/17 2017 - Yoder Lumber Company, Millersburg, Ohio

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