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Posted By Denise Foster, Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Register Now for the OFA Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting is coming right up. Book your registration here

  • Kickoff Reception and Stadium Tour at the Ohio Stadium
  • Industry & Landowner Exhibits & Sessions 
  • Awards Luncheon (Conservation Awards, Tree Farmer of the Year, Logger of the Year)
  • Tree Farm Silent Auction
  • Gun Raffle 
  • Presidents Reception
  • Networking Opportunities

View the full schedule

We are still seeking sponsors. For exhibit and sponsorship information contact Gayla, 888-388-7337.

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 Carbon Capture Project. See the complete newsletter.  

2019 Ohio River Valley Woodland & Wildlife Workshop
Ohio State’s College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Sciences is promoting this workshop being held March 30, 2019 at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana. There is a wide array of topics designed to provide you with forestry and wildlife related educational opportunities to help you get the most out of your property. See the ATTACHED TriState brochure for complete details, including speakers, topics, directions, and registration information.

Looking for Tree Seedlings or Saplings to Plant?
Many local SWCD offices allow you to place orders for varying quantities and species of tree seedlings at a very reasonable price. Jefferson County is even offering larger saplings of many species. You will need to place orders in the next month or so, and usually need to pick them up at the local SWCD office. Check with your local SWCD office for details. Attached are tree order forms for the following eastern Ohio counties: BELMONT, CARROLL, GUERNSEY, HARRISON, and JEFFERSON.

Industry Trends for 2019
Eric Kingsley, from Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, recently wrote an article for The Northern Logger & Timber Processor magazine, discussing trends and markets in the forest products industry, focused mainly on what’s happening in the Northeast. While some of the article is too specific to the Northeast to be of great value to us in the Midwest, a lot of it focuses on topics close to all of our business hearts, such as logging concerns, trucking issues, land management challenges, and emerging markets. You can read this interesting article in the ATTACHED PDF.

Wood Industry Insurance Concerns Elevated
If you are in the sawmill, pallet, logging, or other wood product manufacturing business, you need to read this and the attached articles. Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual (PLM), America’s oldest and largest mutual insurance company dedicated to the wood products industry, has recently talked about major issues of concern for the insurance industry as it relates to insuring wood products manufacturers and movers. In their Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 LumberMemo newsletters, PLM’s President and CEO, John Smith discusses:

  • A historically high volume of fires in wood manufacturing businesses
  • Some of these fires resulted in multi-million dollar claims
  • Commercial auto losses in the trucking industry is causing major problems
  • Insurance carriers are dropping out of the arena – including one major carrier that will be dropping 200 sizeable mills
  • Premiums are rising and underwriting guidelines are becoming more strict and demanding

It is essential that you contact your insurance company to make sure that you have proper coverage before you find out that your carrier may be pulling the plug and that your options going forward might be limited. The PLM Summer 2018 article addresses these concerns in detail, followed up by more commentary in the PLM Fall 2018 article. The yellow hi-lighted text relates to the areas of greatest concern. This important info was brought to us by Dave Coil of the Hummel Group.

BWC Employer Webinar
The following info is from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and relates to their Employer Webinar Series. Their next webinars are Feb. 12 and Feb. 28.

Please join us for the February BWC employer webinar. This month we will cover valuable employer policy reminders and important dates, Better You, Better Ohio! health and wellness program, Policy Activity Rebate Program, buying and/or selling a business, Ohio Industrial Commission overview, the upcoming Ohio Safety Congress 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.

Follow the links below if you wish to attend the webinar but not visit a service office:
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12
11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28

Click here to register to visit your local claims 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 BWC OCOSH location, 13430 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, Ohio.

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation
30 W. Spring St.
Columbus, Oh 43215
Questions? Call 1-800-644-6292
or visit us on the web

Upcoming Events:

  • SEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, February 13 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – Wednesday, February 13 – 7:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • NEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, February 13 – 5:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • Logging Standards Council Meeting – Wednesday, March 6 – 3:00 PM, University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Annual Meeting “Kick-Off” Reception - Wednesday, March 6 – 5:00 PM, Ohio Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Annual Meeting - Thursday, March 7 – 8:00 AM, University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Executive Committee Meeting - Friday, March 8 – 8:00 AM, University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Board of Trustees Meeting - Friday, March 8 – 10:00 AM, University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio

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