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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Monday, March 19, 2018
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 contains an article on 3-D printed homes. See the complete newsletter here.   
OFA Annual Meeting Presentations Available
This year’s OFA Annual Meeting had several good speakers that provided those in attendance with lots of good information about lots of important topics. If you attended the meeting, and want to review and refresh your thinking with some of that info, or if you weren’t able to attend and would like to see some of the presentations, you’ve come to the right place. All the presentations from the February 28, 2018 OFA Annual Meeting are now available for viewing or download on the OFA website.
East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter
Here is the East Central Ohio Forestry Association April 2018 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, as well as a schedule of upcoming events. This edition recaps Barry Browne’s March presentation on recent oil & gas litigation and legislation, as it relates to private landowners oil & gas leases.
Spotted Lanternfly Info – Invasive Species
In a previous Timber Talk newsletter, I reported on the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive pest that attacks several tree species, but most commonly uses Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) as its host tree, that has appeared in NW Pennsylvania. Here is a very good report put out by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture concerning this invasive pest. This PDF covers identification, life stages, treatment, bio-security, etc. I don’t think that the Spotted Lanternfly has been found in Ohio yet, but it may just be a matter of time. Check out this information so that you will know what to look for.
NHLA Lumber Grading Short Course in Southern Ohio April 23-26
The National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA), in cooperation with Ohio State University South Centers,, and the Ohio Forestry Association, will be conducting a Lumber Grading Short Course April 23-26, 2018 at the OSU Endeavor Center in Piketon. The cost is $395 per person. Details are in the brochure. You can register here.
NHLA Lumber Grading Short Course at Yoder Lumber
OFA will also be conducting a Lumber Grading Short Course at Yoder Lumber in Millersburg, June 4-7, 2018. Details can be found in this brochure, and you can register here.
From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the April 2018 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the business climate for 2018.

It’s shaping up to be a busy but strange spring. Lumber demand will stay high - at home and abroad - and prices for all but Soft Maple will hold firm or climb. There simply is not the raw material, inventory, manpower or transportation resources to satisfy this market, let alone overproduce it. At the same time, businesses throughout the supply chain will struggle with tight margins - squeezed from the bottom by escalating log export demand and prices, and from the top by stagnant consumer goods prices, held down by the price pressure of imported goods. And, it will all unfold under global and domestic economies that are generally improving. February consumer confidence was at a 17-year high, fourth-quarter home prices were at all-time highs in two-thirds of American cities, and both job and wage growth are accelerating.

Strip flooring manufacturers have likewise been squeezed the last several months by seasonally slower sales and rising green lumber prices. They will see sales gains as seasonal housing activity ramps up, but likely get no breaks on the lumber side, especially with other low-grade markets so strong. Cabinet plants will feel some pressure from rising Hard Maple prices, but with so much of their offerings now painted, it won’t have the impact it once did.
E.B Miller Memorial Scholarship Application Deadline April 15
The deadline for applications for the Ohio Forestry Association Foundation’s E.B. Miller memorial Scholarship is April 15, 2018. If you know a student that is going into, or is currently enrolled in, a course of study in a natural resources field, have them fill put an application for this worthwhile scholarship. The application form is here, or applicants can register online. 

Public Meetings for Wayne National Forest Plan Revision
The Wayne National Forest has released the dates, times, and locations of public meetings being held to provide information about the upcoming process of revising the Wayne Forest Plan. Please see the entire News Release here. 
Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter
Here is the March 2018 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains information about their February meeting topic, which was a presentation on forest birds by Jeff Harvey. Jeff is president of the Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley and is the owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Boardman, Ohio. There is also information on their upcoming March 15th meeting, which will feature quest speakers Mark and Randy Ohlin, discussing their hobby of locating and digging up wells and privy’s that date back to Civil War times.
Timbeter Develops Website To Address Measuring Logs in Containers
In past editions of the Timber Talk, I have reported on a smartphone camera based program, developed by Timbeter, that allows for quick and easy inventory assessment of log and pulpwood piles. Timbeter has recently developed a new website devoted strictly  to containerized log measuring. This may be useful for those of you currently exporting logs. Check it out.

Upcoming Events:

  • Best Management Practices – 3/22/18 – 8:00 AM – Fernwood State Forest-Bloomingdale, Ohio
  • Chainsaw Level 1 – 3/23/18 – 8:00 AM – Fernwood State Forest-Bloomingdale, Ohio - SOLD OUT
  • NWOLC Meeting – 4/3/18 – 6:00 PM – Division of Forestry, Findlay, Ohio
  • NWOLC Meeting – 4/10/18 – 6:00 PM – Studebaker’s Country Restaurant, New Carlisle, Ohio
  • SEOLC Meeting – 4/11/18 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – 4/11/18 – 7:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • ECOLC Meeting – 4/16/18 – 7:00 PM – Berlin, Ohio
  • SVLC Meeting – 4/19/18 – 5:30 PM – Bergholz, Ohio

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