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Posted By Gayla Fleming, 4 hours ago

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. The past two week’s newsletters contain lots of interesting articles. October 1 newsletter, October 8 newsletter.


2018 Ohio Tree Farmer of the Year Tour October 20thThis year’s Tree Farm Tour will be held at Whispering Ridge Tree Farm near Woodsfield, Ohio. It will be hosted by the 2018 Ohio Tree Farm of the Year recipients, John and Bess Lusk. Get all the details in the flyer.


Superior Hardwoods of Ohio Inducted Into Forest of Honor  Each year, the Ohio Division of Forestry inducts deserving individuals, families, organizations, and companies into its Forest of Honor, and plants a tree to commemorate their contributions to forestry in Ohio. One of this year’s inductees was longtime OFA member and supporter, Superior Hardwoods of Ohio. Following is the write-up on their induction.

Superior Hardwoods of Ohio, Inc.

Superior Hardwoods of Ohio is very important to forestry in Ohio. They have been a leader in the forest industry for three generations, dedicating their careers to understanding Ohio’s natural history and forest resources. Superior Hardwoods of Ohio employs more than 150 people in four modern sawmills, and manufactures and processes more than 50 million board feet of hardwood lumber annually. They are a leader in the Ohio Forestry Association, certified with the OFA Master Loggers program, and follow Best Management Practices when harvesting timber.

The company has brought forestry awareness to the public through a cooperative venture called the Building Ohio State Exhibit at the Thompson Library, with the Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Ohio Society of American Foresters, and the Ohio Forestry Association. This was an educational exhibit in the library during the spring of 2017 to show students and the public the importance of forestry in Ohio’s history. It displayed not only noteworthy pieces of forestry history but highlighted Superior Hardwoods of Ohio’s important role in the design and remodeling of the library to feature white oak. The white oak décor and furniture is not only unique, but quite impressive, and the renovation has completely transformed the Thompson Library. This effort was presented in The Ohio Woodland Journal as well as Ohio State University publications.

As part of the Building Ohio State project, a series of videos was created to educate the public and foresters about the Quality Hardwoods that were used for the library renovation (and which came from right here at Zaleski State Forest!), as well as to describe our state’s forest history and sustainable hardwood resource.

Superior Hardwoods of Ohio’s Wellston facility hosted a highly successful Second Friday Series educational event for landowners in 2014, where landowners learned how to measure logs and see how the raw material was turned into lumber. The McArthur mill hosted the Ohio’s Growing Forest Products Industry Teacher Field Day program for the Division of Forestry in 2015.

Superior Hardwoods of Ohio has worked with the Division of Forestry since both were young organizations. Most recently, the company custom-sawed the yellow-poplar for the Sherman Cabin project. This project is a cooperative effort currently underway to utilize state forest products and state correctional institute help to build cabins for public use for Ohio State Parks.

Superior Hardwoods of Ohio has significantly advanced forestry commercially, raised public awareness about the history of forestry, and has gone above and beyond by sharing their facilities and staff time to educate landowners and teachers about forest management and sawmilling.


Vicki Christiansen named 19th Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, announced that interim U.S. Forest Service Chief, Vickie Christiansen, will take over the reigns of the Forest Service as its 19 Chief. After making the announcement, Sonny Perdue issued the following Statement:

“As a former wildland firefighter and fire manager, Chief Christiansen knows what’s needed to restore our forests and put them back to work for the taxpayers. With seven years at the Forest Service and 30 years with the states of Arizona and Washington, Vicki’s professional experience makes me confident that she will thrive in this role and hit the ground running.”

Read about Vicki’s background and more in the article, as reported in the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter.


Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter 
Here is the October 2018 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains a wrap-up of their September chainsaw maintenance discussion and demonstrations, and information on their upcoming panel presentation at the October meeting titled “Why’s of Tree Planting”.


Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for October
SOFA has put out their October 2018 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more. This month’s newsletter has several interesting small articles, their 2019 tentative schedule of events, and a recap of their September outing.


Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA) Workshop in November
OFA recently received information on an upcoming workshop for HWA. Click here for information on the workshop and to register.


Paul Bunyan Show
The 2018 Paul Bunyan Show is in the history books. It was a great show. Aside from a little rain during setup and Saturday afternoon the weather was kind to us. Preliminary numbers show that the number of exhibiting companies was down by 2, but the number of booths sold was up by 3. Gate attendance was just slightly down from 2017. Thanks to all of the members who came out to support the show and the exhibitors. Thanks also to all of those who came out and volunteered, donated wood and equipment and who sponsored the show! The Paul Bunyan Show is extremely important to the the association and we could not do it without you.


Upcoming Events:

  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, October 18 - 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio
  • Ohio Tree Farm of the Year Tour – Saturday, Oct. 20 - See above article for details.
  • 8-Hour Best Management Practices for Logging in Ohio – Thursday, Oct. 25 – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Chillicothe, Ohio
  • 8-Hour CSAW Level 1 Training – Friday, Oct. 26 – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Chillicothe, Ohio - SOLD OUT

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