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Timber Talk 7/1/2017

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Thursday, July 6, 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 an article on the U.S.’s first hardwood CLT project using low value hardwood from Indiana.. See the complete newsletter here .

U.S. EPA and Army Corp Move to Rescind 2015 WOTUS Definition
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Army announced that they are  proposing a rule to rescind the Clean Water Rule and re-codify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 defining "waters of the United States" or WOTUS. This rule was seen as extreme overreach by the federal government, and has been strongly fought by forestry and landowner associations across the country. Read all the details here.

Tree Planting with a Drone
An Australian engineer has developed a drone capable of planting germinated tree seeds at a 10 times the rate of hand planting and at 20% of the cost. Read the details in this article.

OSU Extension Hosting Woodland & Wildlife Educators Workshop
On July 18-19, 2017, the OSU Mansfield Campus will be the site of an educators workshop entitled “A Walk through Ohio’s Forests: The Good, The Bad, and The Invasive”. This workshop will focus on using the Project Learning Tree guides to explore: The status of Ohio’s forests; Wetlands and amphibians; Climate and its impact on forests and wildlife; and the impacts of invasive species. The cost is only $60 per person, which includes activity guides that you will receive. Overnight accommodations are available on the OSU Mansfiled campus for only $30/night. See the flyer for complete details and registration information. Registration deadline is July 12, 2017.


BWC Monthly Employer Webinar
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has announced their monthly webinar schedule for July for employers. This month they will be covering A Third Billion Back, payroll true-up, future dating of payments and July program due dates. The webinar schedule is: July 11 – 1:30 PM and July 27 – 11:30 PM. Read the flyer for details on how to join the webinar.


Upcoming Events:

  • 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
  • 2017 Lumber Grading Short Course - 8/14 thru 8/17 2017 – Yoder Lumber Company, Millersburg, Ohio

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