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Posted By Denise Foster, Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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 different methods of bending wood.  See the complete newsletter. 

Legal Considerations for Woodland Owners
A Virtual “Day in the Woods” Program

The following information on this webinar is from the desk of Dave Apsley, Natural Resource Specialist with OSU Extension.

Our Fourth Virtual A DAY in the WOODS program “Legal Considerations for Woodland Owners”  will be offered as a Zoom webinar on August 14 from 10 am to 11:30 am.

Topics covered include:

  • 10:00 AM-Welcome virtual A DAY in the WOODS and Zoom orientation- Dave Apsley and Julie Strawser, OSU Extension
  • 10:05 AM-Timber Theft and Trespass in Ohio – James S. Savage, Esq. and Mark Rickey, Service Forester, ODNR-Division of Forestry
  • 10:45 AM-Ohio Fence Line Law, recreational user laws and other issues facing Ohio woodland owners-Peggy Kirk Hall, Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law, Ohio State University Extension
  • 11:15 AM Question and answer session

For more information and to register visit our website.

Also in case you missed it, we now have 17 TREE ID Clips available on YouTube.  These 2-4 minute videos each feature a tree species and focus on identification characteristics.  We are launching a new video each week on Facebook on Treemendous Tuesday’s.

Stay safe and….

Be sure to make the time to enjoy A DAY IN THE WOODS.

August Employer Webinars from the
Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation

Please join us for the August BWC Employer Update Webinar. This month, we'll discuss updates on COVID-19, the annual true-up report, premium reduction strategies, important dates, and our monthly safety tip. The webinar will last about 25 minutes.

1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11
11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27

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

Wayne National Forest Announces
Telegraph Trail Closure

The following news release concerns the closure of the Telegraph Trail in the Wayne National Forest.

PEDRO, Ohio (Aug. 6, 2020) - Wayne National Forest Supervisor Carrie Gilbert has issued a Closure Order for a portion of the Telegraph Trail, located on the Ironton Ranger District in Lawrence County. The order is necessary for public safety during the implementation of timber harvest activities.  

The order closes the section of Telegraph Trail from Pine Creek Road (Scioto County Road 10) to Brushy Fork Road (Bloom Township Rd 292) weekly from 12:00 AM Monday through 11:59 PM Friday EXCEPT on Federal Holidays. Additionally, Forest Road 60 and Forest Road 60B will be closed to public vehicle traffic. The Closure Order and map depicting closed areas are available on the Alerts & Notices page of the Wayne National Forest website. A direct link is available here.

The order will remain in effect until it has been terminated by the Forest Supervisor. An order violation is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than (6) months, or both.
For more information, visit the Wayne National Forest website at, on Facebook @waynenationalforest, and on Twitter @waynenationalfs.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the country’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Its public lands contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year and provide 20 percent of the country’s clean water supply. For more information, visit our website

“USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.”

August CareWorks Comp Newsletter

Here is the CareWorks Comp August Newsletter. This month's newsletter includes information Workplace Exposures to COVID-19, policy year “true-up” dates and information, free BWC Webinars….and more. This is good information for all employers.

A 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps?
It Could Happen Under Recently
Introduced Legislation

Oregon’s two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation known as the 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act. This legislation is co-sponsored by Senators from New Jersey, New Mexico, and Maine. The basic provisions of the Bill would include the following:

  • Provides an additional $3.5 billion for the U.S. Forest Service and $2 billion for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to increase the pace and scale of science-based hazardous fuels reduction and thinning efforts, prioritizing projects that are shovel-ready.
  • Establishes a $9 billion fund for qualified land and conservation corps to increase job training and hiring specifically for jobs in the woods, helping to restore public lands and provide jobs in a time of need.
  • Plants over four billion trees by 2030, and over 15 billion trees by 2050, on a combination of federal, state, local, tribal and NGO lands, with over 100 million trees to be planted in urban areas across America by 2030.
  • Supports voluntary climate stewardship practices on over 100 million acres of farmland by providing supplemental funding for USDA working lands conservation programs.
  • Provides an additional $150 million for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, the flagship program for community forest restoration and fire risk reduction.
  • Provides $500 million for the Forest Service State and Private Forestry program, which will be divided between programs to help facilitate landscape restoration projects, including $100 million for the Firewise program to help local governments plan for and reduce wildfire risks.
  • Provides an additional $150 million for the North American Waterfowl Management and Joint Ventures program and $150 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Partners for Fish and Wildlife program for rangeland management improvements.

Read more about this interesting legislation in this article.

Ohio Senator Introduces REPLANT Act
And Gets Presidential Endorsement

Ohio Senator, Rob Portman, has introduced the bipartisan Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees (REPLANT) Act. This Act is designed to expand funding for the U.S. Forest Service to carry out reforestation projects in U.S. forestland damaged by events such as wildfires, drought, insects and disease, while creating nearly 49,000 jobs over the next 10 years. Read the details on this legislation.

Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

In light of the Coronavirus COVID-19 concerns, OFA cancelled all group activities in March, April, and May. In June, we have started rescheduling some CSAW Training classes and BMP classes with PPE and Social Distancing Guidelines.  Watch this area for updates when it is socially and healthfully responsible to start rescheduling Loggers Chapter meetings and other activities.

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