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Posted By Denise Foster, Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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 article about testing wood nanomaterials in the concrete of a parking lot in Greenville, SC.

Christmas Tree Safety 
How many times have you put off watering your fresh-cut Christmas Tree because you were too busy, or it was too inconvenient, or you were going out of town for a few days? Or you bought one already cut, and didn’t make a fresh cut at the bottom to open up the water channels that may have sealed over form the sap drainage? Watch this short, 2-minute video that shows a stark contrast between the fire danger caused by an inadequately watered Christmas Tree and a properly watered Christmas Tree. Thanks to OFA Board member, Don Rawn from Steigerwaldt, for forwarding us this important, and timely, safety message.

Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA) December 2018 e-Newsletter
For those of you on Ohio’s eastern border, you may be interested in some of the information in the PFA December 2018 e-newsletter. This edition has a good article on the Penn State Woodsmen Team, and other interesting topics as well.

The Gribbles Are Here!
What’s a gribble, you ask? A gribble is a tiny wood-eating marine crustacean which has a unique digestive system which allows it to break down the lignin barrier in wood that protects the wood sugars that they feed on. Scientists think this simple process may lead to groundbreaking processes for economically harnessing bioenergy. Read an interesting article on this tiny creature and its unique capabilities.


Photo by Auguste Le Roux/CC by 3.0

U. S. Supreme Court Makes Decision On Critical Habitat
In a victory for landowners and other regulated entities, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously limited the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s discretion when designating critical habitat under the federal Endangered Species Act. Read the informative article on this important decision.

Upcoming Events:

  • SEOLC Meeting - Wednesday, Dec. 12 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • NEOLC Meeting - Wednesday, Dec. 12 – 5:30 PM – Blazin Bills - Burton, Ohio
  • MRWIG Business Meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 12 – 6:00 PM, Weasel Boy Brewing, Zanesville, Ohio
  • Master Logger 8-Hour Recert Class – Friday, Dec. 12 – 8am to 4pm, Zanesville OFA Office
  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, Jan. 24 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield Fire Station – Chainsaw Recertification and Officer Elections

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