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Timber Talk 12/12/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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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 edition has an interesting article explaining how Norway Spruce became the first major U.S.-grown, fully tested, softwood species to be tested and approved for construction use since the lumber testing process began in the 1920s. Norway Spruce was approved by the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) on October 20, 2016. See the complete newsletter here.
OSHA Compliance Management for Lumber and Pallet Manufacturers
Pallet Enterprise Magazine recently had an article about a new software package available to assist lumber and pallet businesses with more easily staying in compliance with OSHA requirements, train employees, and reduce the lag time between hiring someone and getting them ready to work. Learn more about this new product here.
SFI Update for 2016
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc., (SFI) provides a look at the successes for 2016, and their direction of actions for 2017. Read about this years successes and a look ahead to 2017 here.
Kentucky Forest Industry Association (KFIA) November Newsletter
For those interested to see some of the same, as well as different, issues that our forest industry members in neighboring Kentucky are dealing with, see the KFIA December newsletter, including an interesting poem by KFAI Executive Director, Bob Bauer, entitled "No Wood For Christmas”. Thanks to former OFA president, Rob McCarthy for forwarding us this information.
Timbeter User Interview
As reported in earlier editions of TimberTalk, Timbeter is an App based product allowing for easy, consistent measuring of logs/pulpwood piles. The following link is to an interview with the CEO of a company currently using Timbeter. His opinion is that it will be the industry standard for measuring wood in the future. Read the interview here.
Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for December
SOFA has put out their December 2016 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more here.
American Tree Farm System (ATFS) Wraps Up 75 Year Anniversary
The American Tree Farm System has been celebrating their 75th anniversary during 2016. As they are wrapping up the year, they listed some of their recent accomplishments in the SightLine newsletter that goes out to their inspecting foresters. These accomplishments are something to be proud of and should be celebrated by all that are involved in any part of the Tree Farm program. The

accomplishments listed were:

  • 20.5 million acres of forests managed to the ATFS Standards, providing Americans with clean water, critical wildlife habitat, and sustainable wood supplies.
  • 2.6 million of those acres were inspected in 2016
  • 92,000 Tree Farms enrolled in the American Tree Farm System
  • 53,000 hours of service donated to ATFS (based on 2015 reporting)
  • 6,286 inspections have been completed so far in 2016
  • 641 ATFS Inspectors have been trained in 2016
  • 3 ATFS Inspectors who completed more inspections in 2016 than anyone else: Michael Swint (AR), Tom Witkowski (MN), Pete Mastenbroek (OR)


Upcoming Events:
  • NEOLC Chapter Meeting – 12/14/16 – Middlefield, Ohio
  • SEOLC Chapter Meeting – 12/14/16 – 7:00 PM, Jackson, Ohio
  • ECOFA Meeting – 1/4/17 – 7:00 PM – Dover Public Library
  • SOLC Chapter Meeting – 1/10/17 – Lucasville, Ohio
  • MVLC Chapter Meeting – 1/11/17 – 7:00 PM, McConnellsville, Ohio
  • SVLC Chapter Meeting – 1/19/17 – 5:30 PM, Bergholz, Ohio
  • ECOLC Chapter Meeting – 1/23/17 – Millersburg,

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