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Timber Talk 1/2/18

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Thursday, January 4, 2018
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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 Issues & Advocacy Update
Following are some of the issues that we have been working on and/or tracking since our last update.

Local
Mohican Memorial State Forest – We met again with State Representative Romanchuck on December 4, 2017, along with a few of his constituents, to tour areas of the Mohican Memorial State Forest in an effort to educate them on the effects of the proposed changes to the Mohican State Forest Management Plan. The Forestry Advisory Committee also held a special meeting at Malabar Farm on Dec. 7, to review and make recommendations on the proposed changes to the Mohican State Forest Management Plan. This meeting was also attended by approximately 50 local community members that have interests in the changes to the plan.

Statewide
We attended a meeting on December 6, of county auditors and their staff members from several eastern Ohio counties, to have open discussions on how the counties are managing forest land properties in the CAUV and OFTL programs. This meeting was organized by the Ohio Division of Forestry.
John Dorka and I met on December 19 with an instructor at Clear Fork High School to begin the process of setting up our first CSAW Training classes under the Industry Recognized Certificates for Schools that were approved this last year.

National
The biggest think on the national level was the passing of Tax Reform Legislation in December that should help businesses in the forest products industry. OFA sent multiple letters to our House and Senate representatives in December in support of this legislation.

Miscellaneous

We continue to be active participants in many committees across the state that work on logging and forestry issues, including: Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Agricultural Advisory Committee to the Ohio Department of Taxation, Ohio Woodland Stewards, Ohio Forestry Advisory Committee, Ohio Forest Stewardship Program, Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee, and others.

If at any time you have a question about one of these subjects, or have other issues that you would like OFA to assist with, please do not hesitate to contact myself or someone else at the OFA office.

Brad Perkins – OFA Executive Director


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. Due to the recent holidays, this week has two newsletters to check out. See the December 18 issue here. And see the December 25 issue here.


Kentucky Forest Industry Association (KFIA) December 2017 Newsletter
For those interested to see some of the same, as well as different, issues that our forest ndustry members in neighboring Kentucky are dealing with, read the KFIA December newsletter here.  Thanks to former OFA president, Rob McCarthy for forwarding us this information.


Nominations Needed of OFA Conservation Awards
At the OFA Annual Meeting on February 28, 2018, we will once again be honoring those individuals that have stood out from the pack in their respective areas of expertise by presenting them with one of OFA’s Conservation Awards. We are still requesting nominations for the “Outstanding Individual in Private Service” and “Outstanding Logger Activist” categories. If you know someone deserving of this award, please contact us at the OFA office, or go online and fill out a nomination form here. Scroll to the bottom of the page to complete the form.


Ohio Maple Days in Fredericksburg on January 19, 2018
This annual event features educational sessions on maple syrup production. It welcomes both hobby and commercial producers, and is timed to help producers prepare for the upcoming season. The event’s sponsor is the Ohio Maple Program of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. See complete details for this program here.


WORK SAFE
This WORK SAFE article, reprinted from the December 2017 edition of the Northern Logger and Timber Processor magazine, gives example of injuries and fatalities that happened in the woods, at the sawmill, and during routine maintenance procedures, that could easily have been avoided. Use these examples to keep yourself, your coworkers, and your employees safe, so that everyone can go home to their families at the end of the day in the same condition that they left in the morning.


Soren Eriksson, World Renowned Chainsaw Safety and Felling Guru, Passed Away on 12/26/17
OFA has just learned of the passing of Soren Eriksson, in his home country of Sweden, on December 26, 2017. Many of our logging contractor members received chainsaw training from Soren through the “Game of Logging” that he founded. Here is a brief article from former FRA President, and current PA Forestry Association President, Richard Lewis, with a tribute to the contributions that Soren made to logging productivity and safety around the world.  


Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in December of this past 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.

Contractors
Jacob Coblentz, J. Coblentz Logging LLC of Apple Creek, Ohio
Gary Stanley, Stanley Logging and Tree Service of Pomeroy, Ohio
Scott Williams, Williams Logging of Pomeroy, Ohio
Bill Spithaler, Gustavus Firewoods and Hardwoods of Farmdale, Ohio
Jason Hatcher, Valley Stone Yard and Maritime of Millwood, WV


U.S. Forest Service Chief Reflects On Year Of Progress
“Our accomplishments this year demonstrate the Forest Service’s strong commitment to improving the economic health of rural communities; ensuring lands and watersheds are sustainable, healthy and productive; and mitigating wildfire risk,” said Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke. “As the Forest Service moves into 2018, our priorities will continue to tie directly to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s strategic vision for the Department.” (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Public Domain) Read the recent article on the 2017 accomplishments of the Forest Service here.


Other Upcoming Events
SOLC Meeting – 1/9/18 – 7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
NWOLC Meeting – 1/9/18 – 6:00 PM– Place TBD
MRVLC Meeting – 1/10/18 – 6:00 PM– McConnellsville, Ohio
ECOLC Meeting - 1/15/18 - 7:00 PM - Dutch Valley Restaurant
MRWIG Winter Tree ID Workshop – 1/20/18 – 10:00 AM – Blue Rock State Forest HQ (6665 Cutler Lake Road, Blue Rock, OH 43720)

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