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Timber Talk

Posted By Denise Foster, Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 Ohio Forestry Association

Vacation In The Woods- Shorter Timber Talk

The Timber Talk is a little less robust this week due to the fact that my wife and I took a nice vacation in the woods last week, and this week’s schedule is already hectic with the Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market and the Lumbermens Outing. We vacationed in the hills of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. On our drive there, and on a couple excursions while we were there, we managed to hike small portions of the Appalachian Trail in 6 different states, as well as visiting the shores of Cape Cod for some bird watching. 

A few takeaways from last week include:

  • Anyone who thinks we’re running out of forests needs to drive through WV, PA, MD, MA, NY, CT, and VT.
  • We saw a nice sign in someone’s front yard advertising their State Champion American Elm tree. (I can’t remember which state, but it was an impressive tree)
  • In a Massachusetts grocery store, I had to make a decision to either purchase a reusable bag for $1.00, or pay a $0.05 fee for paper bags. I paid the paper bag fee.
  • Yes…there are sharks close to shore off Cape Cod. I photographed at least 2 that were only about 300 ft. off shore. The people in Cape Cod are smart. The beaches were full of people….none of them were in the water!
  • We only had one close range black bear encounter while hiking in Massachusetts, and it wasn’t a negative encounter.

I look forward to seeing some of you this week at the Lumbermens Outing!

Piping Plover in the fog at Cape Cod

Forest Markets Weekly Newsletters

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 interesting, but possibly disturbing article on  “Hemp-Wood”, a material being used to replace solid wood in certain products.  See the complete newsletter. 

Invasive Insect and Plant Sniffing Dogs??

Dogs have been training to sniff out everything from drugs packed in luggage at airports, to lost skiers buried in an avalanche. Now they are being trained to sniff out invasive plants, and insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). It may be a little late for EAB in Ohio, but I could see this being a game changer for helping with early eradication of other invasive insect infestations. OFA Board member, Alan Walter, forwarded me links to a couple interesting articles on this topic that were recently in the Farm & Dairy publication. Read these articles Emerald Ash Borer Detection Feasibility Study and Dogs Sniff Out Plant Invaders.

Inaugural White Oak Initiative Newsletter

Many of you already know about the White Oak Initiative. For those that don’t, it is a collaboration of folks working to promulgate the long-term sustainability of one of our region’s most important hardwood species. Read the inaugural edition of the White Oak Initiative Newsletter. It is designed to keep everyone abreast of the research and activities that are taking place in this important project. This edition shows the people involved in managing the project and also discusses some grant funding and research taking place.

Fiscal Year 2020 - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
October 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020 Deadlines

The following information on the REAP Grant program comes from the desk of Randy Monhemius, Business Program Specialist with USDA/Rural Development.

Rural Development is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program.  The next application deadline is October 31, 2019. This deadline is for projects requesting $20,000 or less.  

The final deadline for accepting REAP applications in Fiscal Year 2020 is March 31, 2020. This deadline is for projects requesting grants of $20,000 or less and for projects requesting grants of up to $500,000.

In brief, this program is designed to assist rural, small, for-profit businesses and agricultural producers install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements to their operations. These types of improvements can help eligible applicants control energy costs and improve the overall profitability of their operations. The grant program can cover up to 25% of the eligible project costs or $500,000, whichever is less. The loan guarantee can cover up to 75% of the eligible project costs.  Federal participation cannot exceed 75% of eligible project costs. 

Grants can range from $1,500 to $500,000 with loan guarantees up to $25,000,000. 

Applications requesting only the REAP loan guarantee are received, reviewed and processed on a continual basis throughout the fiscal year. 

In previous years, this program has helped farmers replace grain dryers; fans and lights for livestock operations; and install solar PV arrays to help offset electrical consumption. Small businesses have benefited through high efficiency lighting; improvements to HVAC systems; and the installation of a renewable energy system to help offset electrical consumption.  

Additional information can be found at: Rural Energy for America Program.

Should you be interested in discussing a specific project or in receiving an application for your project, please contact one of the persons listed below:
Josh Smith - - 614-255-2426
Jennifer Brown - - 614-255-2423
Randy Monhemius - - 614-255-2424

Workers Comp Employer Webinar

The following information on September employer Workers Comp seminars is from the office of the Bureau or Workers Compensation.

Please join us for the September BWC employer update webinar. This month we will discuss how to view important information on our website, the gig economy and workers’ compensation, important dates, and our monthly safety tip.  The webinar will last approximately 20 minutes. You can view the webinar from the comfort of your office or attend in person at one of BWC’s service offices. By attending in person, you will have the opportunity to meet with a BWC representative.

Webinar dates are as follows. If you wish to attend the webinar but not visit a service office see link below.
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10
11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26

Click here to register to visit your local service office and view the webinar with BWC staff.

When registering, please provide your name, title, policy number (or company name), phone number and email address.

We’ll record this webinar and make it available for future viewing here.

Note: In the Columbus area, the on-site option will be at our OCOSH location, 13430 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, Ohio.

Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

  • ECOLC Meeting - Monday, September 16 - 7:00 PM – Location TBD
  • SRVLC Meeting - Thursday, September 19 - 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio
  •  Ohio Tree Farm of the Year Tour – Saturday, September 21 – 9:30 AM – Pierpoint, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting - Saturday, September 28 - Cookout at Jared Lute's home - Lucasville, OH Jared Lute 740-981-2928
  •  2019 Paul Bunyan Show, October 4-6 - Friday & Saturday 8 am - 5 pm and Sunday 9 am - 3 pm - Guernsey County Fairgrounds

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