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Timber Talk 7/10/17

Posted By Jack, Mark & Steve Haessly, Tuesday, July 11, 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.
Last Chance to Register for the OFA Summer Meeting!
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 interesting article entitled “Rethinking Wood: What Can A Tree Do?” See the complete newsletter here.

Walnut Grading Course
The National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) will be conducting a Walnut Lumber Grading class at the OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio, September 26-28, 2017. Ohio Forestry Association members receive a $150 discount for this course by using the discount code “OFAMEMBER” when registering. More details and on-line registration can be found here

Remote Tree Felling in New Zealand
Logging companies in New Zealand are attacking the position of being in the country’s most dangerous profession by adapting mechanized feller/bunchers to be operated by remote control. This allows for mechanized tree felling to take place on steep slopes, eliminating the need for more dangerous hand felling in these areas. Watch the short video here to see what they are experimenting with.

Biomass Thermal and Power Could Benefit From BTU Act Reintroduction
The Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2017 has been recently introduced to the House. Originally introduced in 2013, this act would amend the federal tax code to incentivize biomass energy through tax credits for capital costs incurred in residential and commercial installations. These tax incentives already exist for other forms of renewable energy. Read an article giving a full description of the bill and how it could impact the biomass industry.

Tick Season Still Going Strong
4th of July weekend, my wife and I were walking along a mowed grass trail at a central Ohio metropark, when it quickly became apparent that the wood ticks hadn’t gotten the message that they were supposed to stay in the un-mowed areas of the field and not inhabit the mowed sections. After finding 5 or 6 crawling up my legs in very short time period, I reached into my back pocket and pulled out the bottle of insect repellant that I had brought along for the walk. After spraying down our boots, and our legs from the ankles to the knees, we no longer had any issues with ticks trying to hitch a ride. We ran into a couple other walkers that were experiencing the same problem, and offered them our repellant to help them out. Here is  a very good Fact Sheet put out by the University of Rhode Island’s TickEncounter Resource Center. The Fact Sheet is entitled “Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Ticks These Days”. You might be surprised by some of the facts on the list. This link was provided by OFA member and former OFA President, Walt Lange.

Passenger Vehicle Collides with Backing Log Truck: FRA Safety Alert 17-S-3
Following is a Safety Alert from the Forest Resource Association (FRA) involving a log truck driver backing the truck into his driveway at night, temporarily blocking a two-lane road. This is not an uncommon occurrence here in Ohio. Please be sure to read the recommendations for correction.

At the end of a late fall workday in the eastern U.S., a driver was backing his tractor and empty log trailer into his driveway off a rural two-lane road. It was clear, dry, and dark outside.

The 51-year-old owner/operator had driven log trucks for more than 20 years. He had no known physical disabilities and had been involved in one auto accident in the past four years. His driveway was located on a flat, straight stretch of road.

The driver’s residence did not include a circular driveway or turnaround area, so the driver needed to stop in the roadway and back into his driveway. There was no street light or other illumination at the entrance to his driveway. Although the log trailer was new, dirt and mud were covering much of the reflective tape on the log trailer. The driver did not use a spotter or any other method to warn approaching vehicles on the roadway.

The truck driver was blocking the rural road in the dark as he backed into his driveway. A passenger vehicle approached from the opposite direction and did not notice the tractor-trailer soon enough. The passenger vehicle ran underneath the side of the log trailer.

The log truck driver was uninjured. However, the driver of the passenger vehicle was pinned inside her vehicle and had to be extracted by firefighters. She received multiple fractures and contusions and required extensive medical treatment.

1. Wash the trailer regularly so that the effectiveness of the reflective tape is not compromised.
2. If backing is necessary, use a spotter with a flashlight or other light along the roadway to warn any potential approaching vehicles. (Do not assume that other drivers will be alert and careful.)
3. Magnetic, battery-operated beacon/flashing lights for the trailer or cab can be purchased for use during low-visibility situations.
4. The best solution is to install a circular drive or turnaround area at the driver’s residence (to eliminate backing in) or find an alternative location to park the tractor-trailer.
5. If backing is necessary, install a street light at the entrance to the driveway to provide better illumination of the truck when it is backing into the driveway.

Reviewed by:
Southwide Safety Committee;
Rick Meyer, Appalachian/Southwide Region Manager

Upcoming Events:

  • ECOLC Meeting - 7/17/17 - 7:00 PM – Location Yoder Lumber - Buckhorn Mill
  • OFA Summer Meeting – Valley Gem Sternwheeler Reception/Golf/Clay Shoot – July 18-19, Marietta, Ohio
  • SVLC Meeting – 7/20/17 – 5:30 PM – Bergholz, Ohio
  • NWOLC – 8/1/2017 – 6:00 PM – EZ Campground/Restaurant, St. Mary, Ohio
  • OHIO SAF Summer Meeting – Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – Vinton Furnace Experimental Forest
  • CSAW Level 1 – 8/3/17 – 8:00 AM - OSU Mansfield Campus, Mansfield, OH - Register here
  • SEOLC Meeting – 8/9/17 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • Lumber Grading Short Course - 8/14 - 8/17 2017 – Yoder Lumber Company, Millersburg, Ohio

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