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Posted By Denise Foster, Friday, February 14, 2020

Only 3 Weeks Till the 2020 OFA Annual Meeting – Register Now!

March 4-5, 2020 are the dates for this year’s OFA Annual Meeting. It will “tee-off” Wednesday evening, March 4, 2020 with an Industry Reception at the Jack Nicklaus Museum. Buses will transport attendees from the University Area Marriott to and from the Jack Nicklaus Museum on a constantly rotating basis throughout the evening. This is a great venue for a reception, even if you don’t know or care about the game of golf or Jack Nicklaus. Don’t miss this unique event!

Thursday, March 5, 2020 will feature a full slate of speakers/presenters for both the industry members and the forest landowner membership. Topics will include national, state, and local issues.

Following a long established tradition, we will have the annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, featuring Ohio Tree Farm Committee awards, Logger of the Year award, and the OFA Conservation Awards.

As always, we provide sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities at this annual event, and encourage you to take advantage of these.

To see the schedule of activities, line-up of speakers and topics, attendee registration, and exhibitor and sponsorship options, please visit our website

ATTENTION LOGGERS! Sign up for BMP Training
March 19, 2020

Loggers needing the 8-Hour BMP class for Master Logger Certification, or needing the West Virginia Logging Sediment Control Act Training to be able to log in West Virginia, should sign up now for the class at Fernwood State Forest on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The next full 8-Hour BMP Class is not scheduled till October of 2020. Register for this class now!

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 interesting article on a new dielectric heating and radio frequency energy that can destroy destructive pests lurking within wood products.  See the complete newsletter. 

Northeast Ohio Forestry Association
(NEOFA) Newsletter

Read the February 2020 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It recaps their January meeting topic on “Selling Timber”, presented by consulting foresters Jim Elze and Dan Castellucci, and introduces their upcoming presentation on the Holden Arboretum’s “Working Woods”. See all this and more in the newsletter.

Trucking Legislation Update from
the Forest Resource Association

On Friday, February 8, 2020, FRA was alerted that Representatives Rob Woodall (R-GA-7) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2) announced the introduction of the Freight Restriction Elimination for Safer Hauling (FRESH) Act. This legislation will allow trucks hauling perishable products (fruit and vegetables), raw forest products, unhardened cement, and livestock feed access to the federal interstate at the legal GVW allowed on non-interstate roads. While this legislation has its roots in Georgia, if passed, it would allow the same access to other states.  

As many of you are aware, on May 1, 2019, Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8) introduced the Safe Routes Act, of which Congressman Bishop is an original cosponsor. The Safe Routes Act allows the same access as the FRESH Act; however, its approach is a narrow focus allowing only the transport of raw forest products (logs, pulpwood, chips and biomass) from point of harvest to a storage or processing facility. The narrow focus of the Safe Routes Act was done intentionally to avoid the scrutiny of the class one railroads.

It is important to note that FRA and Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) have worked closely together to fund research by the University of Georgia, Warnell School for Forestry and Natural Resources. The intent of this research is to study the safety impact of log trucks traveling on the federal interstate at the state legal GVW and avoiding the hazards of non-interstate roads. The first results of this study were released on January 30, 2020, for Georgia, which is now being used to support the FRESH Act. The remaining states being studied include Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Those results will be released in March 2020. FRA’s interest in the study is to gather necessary data to help strengthen the case for the safety, efficiency and environmental benefits of the Safe Routes Act.  

Although the Safe Routes Act and the FRESH Act are similar in intent, they differ in terms of which products qualify for the interstate waiver. The Safe Routes Act is limited to raw forest products whereas the FRESH Act is broader. We were cautioned by American Trucking Associations and the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference when drafting the Safe Routes Act to keep language narrowly focused for a greater chance of success.

FRA is meeting with House transportation committee staff, as they are in the process of writing legislation for the Transportation & Infrastructure bill, to identify a successful outcome. FRA’s goal is to have language in the Transportation & Infrastructure bill that will give log trucks the necessary access to the federal interstate highway system at the legal state GVW to bypass pedestrians, towns and cities, school zones, oncoming traffic, and other hazards caused by traveling on secondary roads.

Forest Soils Recovering from Effects of Acid Rain

Research in the Appalachians is showing that forest soils are finally showing some signs of recovering from the effects of acid rain that fell throughout the region prior to the United States 1970 Clean Air Act. Read about this research.

Soil scientist Zachary Haverly digs soil samples for analysis on Mount Mitchell in western North Carolina. Credit: Jennifer Knoepp

Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

  • NEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, February 12 – 5:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – Wednesday, February 12 – 6:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, February 20 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio
  • LSC Meeting – Wednesday, March 4 – 3:30 PM - University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • 2020 OFA Annual Meeting – March 4-5 – University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Executive Committee Meeting – Friday, March 6 – 8:00 AM - University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Board of Trustees Meeting – Friday, March 6 – 10:00 AM - University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • Best Management Practices (BMP’s) Training – 8-Hour – Thursday, March 19 – 8:00 AM – Fernwood State Forest – Bloomingdale, Ohio
  • CSAW Level 1 Training for Professional Loggers – 8-Hour – Friday, March 20 – 8:00 AM – Fernwood State Forest – Bloomingdale, Ohio

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