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Timber Talk 11/4/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Thursday, November 10, 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 week’snewsletter contains an article on the continuing increase in the production and exporting of wood pellets in the US, as well as an article on Ohio’s "Trees to Textbooks” program administered from Ohio’s State Forest timber sales. See the entire newsletter here.

Improper Use of Feller-Buncher Leads to Fatality
The Forest Operations Review of the Forest Resource Association recently published Safety Alert 16-S-7, which deals with an in woods worker that was crushed by the accumulator arm of a feller-buncher when he and a co-worker used it as a personnel lift to work on a trailer. This is not a freak, one-time accident. This same thing happened in central Ohio several years ago on an in-woods chipping operation under very similar circumstances. In both cases, a worker didn’t go home to their family that day because they used a piece of equipment for something it was not designed for. Please read the Safety Alert and give your feller-buncher operators proper safety training.

Fire at Weyerhaeuser Facility in Heaters, WV Shuts Plant Down
OFA has not received any official word from Weyerhaeuser about the fire that took place Tuesday , Nov. 1, 2016 at their Heaters, WV facility, but according to media reports, the fire caused enough damage that the plant will be closed for some time. Whether that is a few days, a few weeks, or a few months is not known, but it is another blow to pulpwood producers that have already been dealing with constrained market opportunities after the WestRock paper mill closure in Ohio last fall. The following is from reporter Alex Wiederspiel of MetroNews: Weyerhaeuser assessing damage from Tuesday fire - By Alex Wiederspielin News | November 02, 2016 at 1:05PM - HEATERS, W.Va. - There is no timetable for a return to the production lines for the 163 workers at the Weyerhaeuser Lumber Plant in Braxton County that suffered damage from a fire that began Tuesday morning. Nancy Thompson, Public Affairs Manager for Weyerhaeuser, said the company has begun the process of assessing damage, but said they are uncertain how much down time the fire will create for employees. Some fire crews on scene before 10 am Tuesday morning remained on scene as late as 3 am Wednesday morning. While firefighters are no longer on scene, Thompson said there are hot spots at the plant that will require additional monitoring. The plant manufactures particle boards used in the floors of homes, and Thompson said early indications suggested the fire started while boards were in the process of drying. Thompson also confirmed two minor injuries. An on-site independent contractor was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation. Additionally, one employee was treated for minor burns.

Welcome New OFA Members! The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in October of this year. New Members, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or anyone else at OFA to let us know if we are meeting your needs and expectations.


  • Todd Luburgh – Eagle Hardwoods of Stone Creek, OH
  • Andrew Easton – Eastonmade Wood Splitters of Ontario, Canada


  • Robert Mason – Mason Logging of Londonderry, OH
  • Jim & Dixie Hawthorne – Hawthorne Logging LLC of Chester, OH

Consulting Foresters:

  • Dan Castellucci – Frontier Woodland Services LLC of Alliance, OH


  • Edward Joslyn of Carbon, IN
  • Martin Holden of Ashtabula, OH
Experience With Solar Dry-Kilns??
I was recently contacted by an individual that is considering building a solar dry-kiln at his farm for hobbyist woodworking projects, but would like to talk with someone in central Ohio that has some knowledge and experience on this topic before he starts his project. If you have experience with solar dry-kilns and would like to offer your expertise to help this person, contact me, Brad Perkins, and I will put you in touch with the individual. I can be contacted at: Office – 888-388-7337; Mobile – 740-502-4215; or Email –

Scholarship Available for Students Majoring in Environmental Science Programs
The Canton Audobon Society offers a $1000 scholarship to college students majoring in any Environmental Science program. According to an article by Laura Dornan in the Fall 2016 Edition of the Ohio Ornithological Society’s Cerulean Newsletter:

"To be eligible a student must be a Junior, Senior or Graduate student in college at the time of the award. May be a college sophomore at the time of the application. The scholarship is awarded for the year following the application.

The student must be majoring in any environmental science discipline or in law or business with the full intent on pursuing a career in the environmental field. In the latter case, the student must be able to prove an interest in the environment and a commitment to serving in this field.

This scholarship is offered to any student residing in or attending school in any Ohio county served by Canton Audubon Society or any county contiguous. Thus the student must live in or attend college in Ashland, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Knox, Mahoning, Medina, Muskingum, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, or Wayne Counties.

Application forms and guidelines are available here and must arrive at Canton Audobon Society, P.O.Box 9586, Canton, Ohio, 44711, by the March 1st deadline.

Questions or problems may be directed to the Scholarship Committee Chairman, Laura Dornan, at"

Click here to read the entire article on page 10 of the Cerulean Newsletter.
Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for November
SOFA has put out their November 2016 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more here.

Mel Yoder Retiring as CEO of Yoder Lumber Company
Yoder Lumber Company has announced that Mel Yoder is retiring from the position of CEO of the company after serving the company in various positions for 52 years, and leading the company for the past 35. His retirement will be effective December 31, 2016. Congratulations to Mel, a long time member, supporter, and former President of the Ohio Forestry Association. Read the complete announcement and Yoder Lumber’s successional plan here.

Managing Forests for Birds
Lee Crocker of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Ohio Tree Farm Committee recently shared with us that the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, in cooperation with several partners, released a five part video series on "Managing Forests for Birds”. Each video in the series is 4 – 5 minutes in length, and each highlights one of the important areas where proper forest management can create a diversity of habitat for birds and other wildlife. Many of you will recognize people in the videos such as former Tree Farm of the Year recipients Alan Walter and Scott Galloway, as well as OSU’s David Apsley, and Marne Titchenell of OSU and Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp fame. Read more about, and watch the videos here.

Upcoming Events:

  • PVLC Chapter Meeting – Nov 14, 2016 – 7:00 PM – Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SVLC Chapter Meeting – Nov 17, 2016 – 5:30 PM – Bergholz, Ohio

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