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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Monday, June 18, 2018

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 a great aerial video of Vaagen Brothers Lumber’s flagship sawmill operation in Colville, Washington. This is a must see if you have never seen a high speed, automated softwood lumber mill. See the complete newsletter here.   
Camp Canopy 2018 Wraps Up
Friday, June 15th was the final day of Camp Canopy 2018. Ninety-two students attended camp this year, the third consecutive year that the number of campers has increased. At the graduation ceremony on Friday, the top student campers were recognized, and over $7,000 in college scholarships were awarded. These scholarships are provided by: Hocking College, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Zane State College, and the Ohio Forestry Association.
 
Thank you’s are in order for everyone involved in making this camp happen, and for making it the best summer camp week for high school students in Ohio. This includes, but is not limited to: the colleges that provide scholarships; the Camp Muskingum staff and counselors that make camp run smoothly; the Camp Committee and OFA staff that work hard all year to put this together; all the groups and individuals that sponsor students to camp – without your contributions, many of these kids would not be able to attend; all the instructors that give of their time to come to camp and share their knowledge and expertise with the campers; to Denoon Lumber for giving the returning campers an awesome tour of their sawmill; to the Ohio Division of Forestry for sponsoring the tour bus and for providing D-Tapes for the top ten students; for all those that publicized camp for us throughout the year; and to the parents that supported their kids coming to camp.
 
If you have any doubts that this camp is special, come to the graduation ceremony on Friday of next year’s Camp Canopy week and experience a little bit of camp for yourself. It will change or strengthen the way you feel about OFA’s Camp Canopy. OFA employee, Gayla Fleming, has helped put camp together for 10 years, but attended her first graduation ceremony this year. She was blown away….ask her about it!
 
Thanks again to everyone! 
2018 Summer Meeting
Plans have been finalized for the 2018 Summer Meeting. This year OFA will be joining forces with OSAF. The event will kick off on Tuesday, July 24 with your choice of 2 different tours at The WIlds followed by a reception and retirement celebration for John Dorka. On Wednesday, July 25 attendees can enjoy a day of golf or shooting sporting clays. The event will wrap up with an awards banquet and steak dinner. Click here for complete details and to register. 
Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA) June 2018 e-Newsletter
For those of you on Ohio’s eastern border, you may be interested in some of the information in the PFA June 2018 e-newsletter. This issue introduces the new Pennsylvania State Forester, Ellen Shultzabarger.
Native Prairie and Oak Regeneration Tour
The Southeast Ohio Woodland Interest Group will host a cookout and tour on 6/22/18 at 6:00 pm at the Harts’ woodland in Meigs County. They will serve hamburgers and brats cooked on local charcoal made by Just Local Woods. After supper you will go on a moderate hike to tour the Hart’s native prairie openings and pollinator habitat and view sites with and without mid story oak competition management to compare progress of oak regrowth. Attendees are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share, but this is not required. Please bring your own lawn chair. This event is free and open to all. Please RSVP to Ed Brown at 740 593-8555 or Perry Brannan at 740 589-9915 before 6/18/18. Visit their web site or email them for directions and more information.
Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter
Here is the June 2018 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains a recap of their May 17th meeting that featured Steve Ohman with a presentation on the Art and Collecting of Bonsai Trees. It also announces their upcoming Tree Farm Twilight Tour.
2nd Annual Wildlife & Food Plot Symposium
Whitetail deer and turkey will be the focus of a workshop being held at On Target Outfitters - 7209 W Calla Rd., Canfield, OH, on June 23rd from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Read this flyer for full details, including registration info. 
From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the July 2018 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the strong markets for the first 6 months of the year and continues some discussion on the issues with log exports to China due to their new phytosanitary rules.
 
Business has been strong the first six months of the year. While log availability was a concern through Apr and into May, most sawmills are again operating normal hours, and production is increasing steadily. Most lumber producers remain quite optimistic about the balance of the year; even more so now that there is the possibility of reduced log competition. Don’t expect log prices to retreat quickly, however, especially with lumber exports at record levels and lumber prices still firm-to-climbing across most species—even if the China log disruption turns out to be deeper and longer than expected. We believe log exports to China will slow down for a few months until the Chinese government eases the regulations or buyers and sellers find ways around them. Neither party can afford to wait for or wade through the morass of permitting and building additional U.S. fumigation capacity.
 
Lumber markets will feel slower in the summer months, as rising availability narrows the gap with demand, and price increases for most species plateau. FAS/1F and #1 Com Red Oak are expected to show some pricing stress over the summer, but the underlying demand is strong enough that prices will stabilize once excess Chinese inventories are worked down…which will come quickly if log exports slow.
East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter
Here is the East Central Ohio Forestry Association July 2018 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, as well as a schedule of upcoming events. This edition recaps a talk given by Marsha Freeland, director of the Norma Johnson Conservation Center which is located off SR 39 between Dover and Sugarcreek in Tuscarawas County.
Pallet Enterprise Classifieds
Here is a recent offering of classified ads from Pallet Enterprise. These classifieds consist of machinery, lumber, job openings, etc. 
  • Northwest Ohio Loggers Chapter Meeting - July 3 
  • Paint Valley Loggers Chapter Meeting - July 9 
  • Northwest Ohio Loggers Chapter Meeting - July 10 
  • A Day in the Woods - Tree and Shrub Identification - July 13 
  • East Central Ohio Loggers Chapter Meeting - July 16 
  • Steel Valley Loggers Chapter Meeting - July 19 
  • OFA/OSAF Summer Meeting - July 24-25

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