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timber Talk 8/28/2017

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Monday, August 28, 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. See the August 14 newsletter here. See the August 21 newsletter here.

OFA Supports Draft Addendum to 5-Year Management Plan for Mohican-Memorial State Forest
Last Monday evening, the Ohio Division of Forestry hosted an Open House at the Mohican-Memorial State Forest. Part of that Open House included the opportunity for folks to review and discuss the Division’s Draft Addendum to 5-Year Management Plan for Mohican-Memorial State Forest. The main focus of the changes in the addendum is around the standardization of forest zoning to align with that of all other Ohio State Forests. The changes would also allow for salvage timber harvesting in currently restricted areas in the unfortunate event of a natural, catastrophic, forest health crisis. More intensive management of the mature pine plantations would also be a focal point. Read the draft and the letter of support to the Ohio Division of Forestry from OFA.

Probiotics Help Trees Clean Up Toxins
Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered that trees given certain microbes can flourish while breaking down some specific soil contaminants. The research involved poplar trees, fortified with a natural probiotic, planted on a site contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE), a common pollutant found in industrial areas that is harmful to humans. This research may lead to a more cost effective, natural way to help clean up TCE contaminated superfund sites. Read the entire article from the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter.

From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the September 2017 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc.

Demand has remained quite steady through the summer, and is expected to remain strong or grow a bit for the next few months. Lumber production has come up with improved logging weather and faster kiln turns, but most mills should continue to move their production with little inventory buildup. Inventory restricted existing home sales in Jun, but new home starts and sales were up. Both markets will continue to support strong domestic lumber demand well into fall.

Log exports are now a top concern for many, including those mills that are currently shipping logs for better returns than running them through the sawmill. And, America’s rather unique willingness to export logs has not been lost on the Chinese. One contact said his Chinese buyers guessed that U.S. hardwood lumber prices would be 7% higher if log exports were restricted. It’s a multi-dimensional problem without easy solutions, but overdue for serious industry discussion.

Lumber exports were up 14% year-over-year through Jun, even with a 4% Jun dip. Year-to-date lumber and log shipments to China were up 20% and 30%, respectively, with reports of strong demand through Jul/Aug and solid orders through Sep. Absent a North Korean disruption, 2017 lumber exports will easily set a new record of 1.8-1.9 billion board feet.

Read The Spring 2017 Ohio Woodland Journal
The Spring Ohio Woodland Journal has been posted here. Check out Ohio’s 2017 Tree Farm of the Year, plus you can access past issues of the Journal.

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

New U.S. Forest Service Chief
Tony Tooke - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Monday that he had named a new Forest Service Chief after the recent retirement of Tom Tidwell. Tooke was promoted from within, having worked for the Forest Service since the age of 18. Read more about Tony and his qualifications in the USDA press release

Ohio Forestry Pollution Abatement Program Website
The Ohio Division of Forestry has put together a very comprehensive web page about Ohio’s Forestry Pollution Abatement Program. It includes sections on: Program History, Forestry Pollution Abatement Rules and Standards, Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for Erosion Control in Logging, File a Timber Harvest Plan, How to File a Complaint Involving Forestry Pollution, and a very good Frequently Asked Questions section. Check out this very useful web page.

Are Invasive Earthworms at the Root of Sugar Maple Decline?
A recent study conducted by Michigan Tech points to earthworms as a potential culprit in Sugar Maple decline in Michigan. It appears that they may be gobbling up all the leaf litter around maple trees, drying out the part of the soil where 90% of a maple’s roots are located, and making them more susceptible to drought. I learned that all earthworms are invasive species. We have no native earthworms in the upper Midwest, as they would all have been wiped out in the last ice age. Read more about this interesting research.

Newsletter from The Barkhouse at Highland Craftsmen
The following link is to the latest newsletter from our friends at The Barkhouse at Highlands Craftsmen. Check out a couple of their interesting articles and facts.

The Winding Road of Log Truck Insurance
At the March 2017 OFA Annual Meeting, one of the speakers gave a presentation about the issues surrounding trucking insurance for the forest products industry. As a follow up to that, the article from WSRI, of which the OFA Logging Standards Council is a member, and produced by Forisk, delves deeper into the issues. Anyone operating or contracting trucks should read this article. They will gain insights into why their premiums are increasing, why it’s becoming harder to find insurance carriers, and things that can help alleviate these problems.

Upcoming Events

  • 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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