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Timber Talk 8/7/17

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, August 8, 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 a good article titled “Wood From The Hood” which talks about the emerging business of salvaging urban trees. See the complete newsletter here.

Report on Impact of an Infrastructure Bill on the Wood Products Value Chain
The Forest Landowners Association (FLA) recently commissioned a report from FTI Consulting to determine the impact of a federal Infrastructure Bill on the Wood Products Value Chain (WPVC). A $1 trillion infrastructure bill has been touted by President Trump since he was running for President. The report is very detailed, and shows the impact as it relates to the areas of; Forestry and Logging, Wood Products, Paper Products, Printing Activities, and the WPVC as a whole. The Executive Summary shows that, assuming a 10 year bill, the positive impact to the WPVC includes; 14,000 jobs per year (avg), $37.7 billion total Sales Output, $11.8 billion in GDP, and Labor Income of $8.4 billion. Read the full report for all details.
Woodchip Bioreactors Remove Ag Water Pollutants
Research by an assistant professor at the University of Illinois is geared towards using woodchip bioreactors to remove nitrogen from drainage water from croplands, helping to curb algal bloom problems in lakes and rivers. Read the report on this research, provided by the Morning Ag Clips newsletter here.
Timbeter Log/Pulpwood Measuring App Now Available For iPhone/iPad
The Timbeter log/pulpwood measuring app that has been available for a time now for Android devices, is now available for iPhone and iPad. The PDF announces this addition and shows how to download the FREE app. To learn more about this innovative log/pulpwood volume measuring app, visit the website.

August is Tree Check Month for Asian Longhorned Beetle – From APHIS:
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) wants to remind the public that August is Tree Check Month. This is the best time to spot the round, drill-like holes made by the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), a highly destructive invasive pest that destroys trees.
“If you love trees, now is the time to take 10 minutes and go outside and look for the signs of this invasive pest,” said Josie Ryan, APHIS’ national operations manager for the ALB eradication program. “Look for round holes the size of a dime or smaller in tree trunks and branches. If you see them or black beetles that have long antennas with black and white bands, report them immediately.”
The Asian longhorned beetle has the potential to destroy millions of acres of America’s treasured hardwoods, including maple, birch, elm, willow, ash and poplar trees. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure to save infested trees. They need to be removed to keep the beetle from spreading to nearby trees, as well as to protect homes and other personal property, since infested trees will die and can drop branches.
“Trees infested by the beetle weaken and die over time and are more likely to fall or lose branches during high winds and storms,” added Ryan. “Since we’re in hurricane season, it’s wise to remove trees sooner than later. It’s possible to get rid of this destructive pest, but we need the public’s help to do so. To date, the beetle has been eradicated from Illinois and New Jersey.”
The beetle is slow to spread on its own during the early stages of an infestation, so early detection and reporting is critical to containing it. People can also help by not moving firewood from areas quarantined because of the ALB, which can transport the beetle hidden inside to new locations.
The beetle has distinctive markings that are easy to recognize:

  • Long antennae with black and white bands, longer than the insect’s body.
  • A shiny, jet-black body, about 1” to 1 ½” long, with white spots.
  • Six legs with possible bluish-colored feet.

Signs of infestation include:

  • Round exit holes, about the size of a dime or smaller, in tree trunks and branches.
  • Shallow oval or round scars in the bark, where the adult beetle has chewed an egg site.
  • Sawdust-like material, called frass, on the ground around the tree or in the branches.
  • Dead branches or limbs falling from an otherwise healthy-looking tree.

After seeing signs of the beetle:

  • Make note of what was found and where. Take a photo, if possible.
  • Try to capture the insect by placing it in a container and freezing it. Doing so will preserve it for easier identification.
  • Report findings by calling 1-866-702-9938 or completing an online form.

The ALB was first detected in the United States in Brooklyn, New York, in 1996. It is believed to have come from wooden packing material used in cargo shipments from China. Since then, it has led to the loss of more than 160,000 trees.

For more information about the Asian longhorned beetle, ways to keep it from spreading and eradication program activities, visit www.AsianLonghornedBeetle.com and www.HungryPests.com. For local inquiries or to be forwarded to your State Plant Health Director, call 1-866-702-9938.


FRA Updates “Timber Harvesting Safety Manual”
The Forest Resource Association (FRA) has announced that they have updated their “Timber Harvesting Safety Manual”. It now includes a new section on in-woods portable grinders, the new OSHA required reporting procedures for serious injuries and fatalities, as well as other revisions and updates. See the flyer to order copies to include as part of your logger/trucker education program.

Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in June and July 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.

  • Consulting Forester  - David Duell of Legacy Land & Wildlife, Medina, Ohio
  • Individuals - East Ohio Conference of United Methodist Church of North Canton, Ohio
    Southeastern Hunting Club of Summerfield, Ohio
    Silvertip of Powell, Ohio
    Patton Road Hunting Club of Hamden, Ohio
    Nick Hansen of Ashland, Ohio
    Jonathan Collins of Potterville, Michigan
    James Gresh of Canton, Ohio
    James Lee of Canal Winchester, Ohio
    Jim Wahl of Nevada, Iowa
  • Primary Manufacturers
    Precision Husky of Lexington, North Carolina
  • Suppliers
    Precision Husky Corp of Moody, Alabama
  • Wholesalers/Brokers
    Primary Machinery of Salem, Oregon
    Hayward Distributing of Columbus, Ohio
    Yoder’s Logging Lumber of West Farmington, Ohio

Muskingum River Woodlands Interest Group (MRWIG) Newsletter
MRWIG has distributed their July/August 2017 newsletter. Click here to see their latest newsletter, including a report on their Mushroom Hunting Expedition to Blue Rock State Forest, the flyer on their September Forestry Field Day, and the registration form for the September Forestry Field Day.


Parasitoid Wasp Released In Minnesota To Combat EAB
Biologists with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture have recently released 3 species of non-stinging parasitoid wasps that feed on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). These wasps are very small, not interested in humans, and are not expected to negatively interact with any other species besides the Emerald Ash Borer. The hope is that enough of the wasps will propagate to help slow the spread of EAB. See the article on this project and a couple short videos here.


Upcoming Events:

  • SEOLC Meeting – 8/9/17 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • Lumber Grading Short Course - 8/14 thru 8/17 2017 – Yoder Lumber Company, Millersburg, Ohio
  • Logging Standards Council Meeting – 8/16/17 – 5:00 PM – Columbus, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – 9/6/17 – 7:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • A Day in the Woods – Second Friday Series – Improve Your Woodlot – 9/8/17 – 9:00 AM – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • PVLC Meeting – 9/11/17 – 7:00 PM – Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting – 9/12/17 – 7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
  • Lumbermen’s Outing – 9/13/17 – 9:00 AM
  • NEOLC Meeting – 9/13/17 – 6:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting – 9/14/17 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio
  • ECOLC Meeting – 9/18/17 – 7:00 PM – Millersburg, Ohio

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