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Tim ber Talk 10/16/17

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, October 17, 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.

2017 Paul Bunyan Show Wrap-Up
If you didn’t attend the recently completed Paul Bunyan Show 2017, presented by Husqvarna, I think that you missed out on a good thing. The show grounds were full of exhibitors of all facets of the forest products industry. In fact, a record number of exhibitors presented their wares since it was moved twelve years ago to the Guernsey County Fairgrounds. A new attendance record for the Guernsey County based show was narrowly missed, as over 14,000 people attended the show over the 3 day weekend time period.  A few of the new things at this year’s show included; a booth by the Northeast Loggers Association that featured You-Tube logging sensations, Logger Wade and Cottontop; a visit by Swamp Loggers star Bobby Goodson at the Ricer Equipment booth; and House-O-Saws demonstrating antique chain saws that can still cut wood. These are just a few of the new things that were on hand this year to go along with the traditional line-up of equipment, food, demonstrations and competitions that have become synonymous with the Paul Bunyan Show.

A show of this magnitude does not come together without the dedicated work of a lot of staff members and volunteers. While I can’t name everybody, and I fear that even naming groups I may accidentally miss somebody, I still want to thank a lot of people for making this event happen. They include: the Offinger Management staff lead by Gayla Fleming; the Guernsey County Fairgrounds Board led by John Marshall; the grounds volunteers led by Emmett Conway, Jim Doll, and Jason Good that set up and tear down the show, get the wood, load and unload the equipment for the exhibitors, etc.; the volunteers that run the different competitions at the show; the students from various schools that come and volunteer their time to assist in any way they can; the education sessions for loggers and landowners led by John Dorka and Dan Castellucci; the Tree Farm Committee for serving “Flapjacks for Lumberjacks”; and the list goes on……… THANK YOU to EVERYONE! Even those I missed!

Following is a list of winners of the different competitions that took place at this year’s show.

Board Foot Guess Contest - The footage on the truck was 4420 BF. The closest guess without going over was by Dan Zook of Port Washington who guessed 4375.

The winners of the Bobtail & Boomtruck Cruise In, which was decided by attendee votes were Jimmy Guiste for first place in the Bobtail class and Patrick Jeffery took second. In the Boomtruck class Darrin Brown was in first place and Ron Colvin won second.

The loader competition placements are as follows:

Place Name Loader Score
1st Levi Strickland Tiger Cat 86.100
2nd Matt Kurz Hood 82.455
3rd Ivan Miller Hood 80.419
4th Emanuel Hershberger Hood 77.337
5th Jeff Bolyard Tiger Cat 76.580
6th George "Bucky" Post Hood 74.642
7th John Seevers Hood 73.472
8th Jon Post Hood 73.414
9th Shawn Wilds Tiger Cat 71.560
10th John Chaffin Hood 67.877
11th Ronald Colvin Hood 62.888
12th Darrin Brown Hood 62.888
13th Dana Nottingham Hood 58.209
14th Don Chaffin Tiger Cat 47.600
15th David Harris Tiger Cat 45.800
16rh Harold Eutsey Hood 38.350


The Skidsteer Rodeo winners were: 1st Place - Wyatt Horvath, 2nd Place - Levi Gadd, 3rd Place - Paulo Ricortilli.

The placements for the 2017 Ohio State and International Lumberjack Competitions will be posted on the website by next week.


National Forest Products Week 2017 – October 15-21
On Sept. 13, 1960, Congress designated the third week in October as National Forest Products Week, requesting the president issue a proclamation each year calling on Americans to observe the value of forest products. Industry employees in Washington,  D.C. and around the country celebrate the week with events and advocacy campaigns to mark the occasion. The Forest Products Industry has a big impact to Ohio’s economy. According to the American Forest & Paper Association, Ohio employs almost 38,000 people in the industry with an annual payroll income of over $21 billion. See more information on the impact of the industry in Ohio.


New Chainsaw Classes
Additional Chainsaw Classes have been added. Please register at the links below.
Chainsaw Level 1 - November 3, 2017 - Scioto Trails

Chainsaw Level 1 - November 16, 2017 - Maumee State Forest

Chainsaw Level 2 - November 17, 2017 - Maumee State Forest


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. See the past 2 week’s complete newsletters here.


Farmers fund project to clear logjams from Black Fork of the Mohican River – Farmers have banded together and have begun to raise money to clear logjams from the Black Fork of the Mohican River to help relieve flooding in parts of Richland County. Read more about how the local farming community is banding together to help solve a major problem,


Wayne National Forest Announces Fall/Winter Programs for Children – The Wayne National Forest will be holding several education events in southern Ohio this fall and winter centered around children. Read their press release for details about these events.


High School Forestry Class: Will It Take Root? – The FRA Woods to Mill newsletter tells the story of a start-up forestry school in Wisconsin, and the people that have started it. Will this be an idea that works out and can be copied in other areas to help offset the reduction in the logging force that has plagued the industry in parts of the country? I look forward to hearing how things work out for them.


The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) Is Looking For A Communications Director - If communications is your calling, you may want to look at this opportunity with NASF. A summary of the job posting is as follows: “The communications director at the National Association of State Foresters is responsible for directing the Association’s external and internal communications campaigns, member engagement efforts, and outreach strategies which benefit the nation’s 59 state and territorial forestry agencies. The communications director will report to the executive director and co-manages the communications and policy intern. This position plays a large role in supporting the NASF fall annual business meeting and educational materials e-commerce program, and is the editor-in-chief of all Association publications. NASF is offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent retirement and health benefits. The communications director is entitled to a professional development fund, opportunity for a weekly telework day, and a monthly cell phone stipend. “ The deadline for applications is October 23, 2017. Click here for complete details on this job posting.


REAP Grant Application Deadline is October 31, 2017 - The deadline for the submission of Rural Energy for America (REAP) grant applications that request $20,000 and less is October 31, 2017. If you are interested in applying for these funds, please ensure the complete application is received in the U.S.D.A. Rural Development State Office by 4:30 p.m. on October 31, 2017.  The address is: USDA, Rural Development, 200 North High St., Room 507, Columbus, OH 43215

The second deadline for the submission of REAP grant applications will be March 31, 2018. This deadline will be for REAP grant applications requesting $20,000 and less as well as REAP grant applications requesting more than $20,000. Should you have questions or want an application package, please contact Randy Monhemius at 614-255-2424; Christie Hooks at 614-255-2397; or Jennifer Brown at 614-255-2423.


U.S. Lumber Buys Hartville, Ohio Based NILCO – U.S. Lumber, based in Atlanta, GA, recently purchased NILCO, a two step distributor of building and industrial products in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. Read about the details of this merger in this article.


Other Upcoming Events:
Tree Farm of the Year Tour – 10/21/17 – 10:00 AM – Hepatica Falls Tree Farm, Tippecanoe, OhioBest Management Practices – Fall 8-Hour Session – 10/26/17 – Scioto Trail State Forest, Chillicothe, Ohio
Chainsaw Level 1 – Fall 8-Hour Session – 10/27/17 – Scioto Trail State Forest, Chillicothe, Ohio - sold out

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