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Timber Talk. 4/11/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Need Financing for your Project or Equipment??
The Ohio Forestry Association was recently contacted by Dollar Bank - Corporate Banking Group out of Pittsburgh, PA. They provide capital for a wide range of uses including working capital (accounts receivable, inventory, ect.), capital expenditures (equipment and real estate), refinancing, share repurchase and business acquisition, along with related services such as letters of credit and corporate credit cards. They specialize in working with companies with annual revenues of $3 - $100 million. For information contact: John B. Matlak, Commercial Loans & Deposits, Assistant Vice President, Dollar Bank-Corporate Banking, Three Gateway Center-11 South, Pittsburgh, Pa 15222, Phone: 412-261-8191, Mobile: 412-742-6851, Fax: 412-261-8272, Email:

LEED Recognizes Forest Certification in Green Building
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has just announced changes to the LEED rating system that provide recognition for SFI, ATFS, CSA, and other PEFC-endorsed standards, and creates new opportunities for legal and responsible forest products to earn points. Read USGBC's press release. This is a significant step for the future of our forests. It validates and sustains the communities of people across North America that engage on a daily basis in responsibly managing forests and are careful stewards of the land. SFI will share more in the coming days, but here are some key highlights of what this means:

  • Wood and paper certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing standard counts in both the legal and responsible sources categories. Once these two criteria are met, the LEED user can then count any wood-based materials with a chain of custody to achieve a point.
  • USGBC has created an Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) for wood and paper products in their LEED 2009 and LEED v4 rating tools. An Alternative Compliance Path allows the LEED user to achieve an existing green building credit, using an alternative approach to what is specified in the existing rating tool.
  • This new ACP applies to all wood and paper products in the suite of LEED rating tools including Building Design and Construction (BD+C), Interior Design and Construction (ID+C), Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M), Neighborhood Development (ND) and Homes (H) v4.
  • The ACP also applies to LEED Building and Operations - This means using SFI certified furniture, wood and paper products can help you achieve points in LEED 2009 and LEED v4.
  • The ACP categorizes the various forest certification standards based on the ASTM D7612-10 (2015) standard which is titled "Categorizing Wood and Wood-Based Products According to Their Fiber Sources." ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards.

The American Tree Farm System applauded the decision, which you can read in their news release.

Join SFI for Webinar Explaining the New LEED Credits
Jason Metnick, Senior VP for Customer Affairs with SFI, Inc., will be conducting Webinars explaining the LEED announcement and providing guidance onhow to count your SFI certified products for a LEED point. The two webinars are on April 12, and April 15. Click here to register for the webinars.

    Lessons from the Attempted Hardwood Check-off
    Many of our members remember the efforts that went into the Hardwood Check-off proposal, and the work directed at preventing its adoption. One of the supporters of the Check-off proposal, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, recently completed a post-mortem report titled "Lessons from the Attempted Hardwood Check-off that outlines what it believes were strategic weaknesses of the plan to implement the check-off. The report is well worth a review as it contains a comprehensive look at the hardwood industry, a description of the proposal and its development process and a full discussion of the weaknesses with the proposal. The following is a brief statement from the summary of the report:

      We take seriously the importance of learning from our failures just as much as we take pride in our successes. Thus, this report delves into the hardwood check-off work and gleans les­sons to help inform future work for both our­selves and others. We think the problem had five roots:

      • the makeup of the industry;
      • the makeup of the check-off committee;
      • an overly complex check-off formula;
      • a mix of competing hardwood products that widened natural divisions; and
      • anti-government feeling that tainted a government-sanctioned yet private initiative.

      Thanks to Dave Juday from thejudaygroup, which worked with the opposing US Hardwood Industry Coalition, for passing along this information. Dave points out that the 5 items noted above relate directly to the key concerns raised by the industry coalition.

      Are You Interested in a Career in Sustainability?
      Sustainability careers continue to be one of the fastest growing industries as more and more employers are looking for students in this field. wants to
      help students connect to opportunities in this industry. To that point, they have provided a guide to sustainability degrees and careers. This guide answers these important questions for students considering degrees in this field:

        • How do I pay for my degree?

        Contact Alice Wagner, Outreach Coordinator/ with any questions at or: 202-367-9383. Look for this guide on the OFA Website.

        Brad’s Safety Comments
        Timber cutting with a chainsaw continues to be one of the most dangerous jobs in our industry, killing or injuring many experienced tree fellers every year. If you are a tree feller, or supervise those that are felling trees for your company, please read the Safety Alert from the Forest Resource Association about a tree feller that was killed, and what you may be able to do to prevent this tragedy from happening to yourself or a coworker.

          Upcoming Events:

          • Loggers Chapter Meetings
            • Paint Valley Loggers Chapter – Monday, April 11 – 7:00 PM
            • South East Ohio Loggers Chapter – Wednesday, April 13 – 7:00 PM
            • Muskingum Valley Loggers Chapter – Wednesday, April 20 – 7:00 PM
            • Steel Valley Loggers Chapter – Thursday, April 21 – 5:30 PM
            • East Central Ohio Loggers Chapter – Monday, April 25 – 7:00 PM
          • Wood Products Council to Host Wood Design Seminars in Columbus/Cleveland, April 12/13, 2016 - The WoodWorks Program of the Wood Products Council will be hosting two Wood Design Seminars in Ohio that may be of interest to OFA members. According to the flyer, "This presentation will provide an introductory review of allowable uses and best design practices associated with wood-frame construction. Wood science including wood’s cell structure and moisture interaction properties will be discussed.” The seminar clearly has a softwood construction focus and is aimed at those involved with non-residential construction. The seminar in Columbus is April 12 at Smith and Wollensky and in Cleveland on April 13 at Morton’s Steakhouse. Each seminar has a $20 fee which includes lunch. You can register on-line.
          • Project Learning Tree (PLT) Facilitator Workshop, April 20-21, 2016, Shawnee Lodge and Conference Center - PLT-Ohio is hooking up with Project WET to co-host a facilitator workshop on April 20-21, 2016 at the Shawnee State Park Lodge and Conference Center. PLT is a great environmental education program for youth and OFA supports its activities. Those wishing to become a PLT facilitator can attend this conference to do so. There is a $104 registration fee that covers all meals, lodging (one night) and program costs. Those wishing to participate are asked to register on-line by April 13, 2016.
          • The Ohio Chapter Walnut Council Spring – 2016 Field Day, Saturday, April 23, 2016. Hereis a PDF with the schedule, directions, and registration information for the field day at the Walt Davis Farm near Lebanon, Ohio. The field trip will include tours of his tree plantings and saw mill operations. A box lunch and drink will cost $10.00.
          • Forest and Wood Products Export Conference, April 27, 2016, OSU South Centers, Piketon, Ohio - Here is a flyer from OSU South Centers concerning the seminar there on April 27 on Forest and Wood Products Exports. The conference features Mike Snow, from the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and Dana Spessert from NHLA. There is a $25 registration fee and the flyer has registration information.
          • WERC Announces Firewood Workshop - The National Firewood Workshop will be held April 21, 2016 at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville, MD (near Hagerstown) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop is a one day educational and networking event to provide the firewood processing industry the latest knowledge on processing, kiln drying and marketing of firewood. The intent is to help firewood producers, firewood buyers, firewood equipment makers, foresters and arborists, landowners, loggers, extension agents, and woodstove manufacturers, make money in the firewood business. The program is sponsored by the Wood Education and Resource Center, University of Maryland Extension, Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine, and North Carolina State University. The program will include outdoor demonstration of firewood processing equipment as well as classroom discussions by leading firewood industry professionals. The range of classroom topics will include: selling and marketing; finding buyers; purchasing requirements by wholesale brokers and chain store buyers; managing a firewood processing business; sourcing affordable logs; equipment for sawing and splitting; heating options for kilns; firewood quarantines; dry kiln equipment and methods; and firewood associations. For more details and registration information, see the brochure.
          • WERC AnnouncesSmall Sawmill Workshop - The Profitable Small Sawmill Workshop will be held on June 2nd, 2016 at the Wood Education and Resource Center in Princeton, WV from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop is a one day educational and networking event to provide the small sawmill operators the latest knowledge on processing, kiln drying and marketing of lumber products sawn with small sawmills. The intent is to help small sawmill operators make money in the firewood business. The program is sponsored by the Wood Education and Resource Center, Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine, and North Carolina State University’s Wood Products Extension Department. The program will include outdoor demonstration of small sawmill equipment as well as classroom discussions. The range of classroom topics will include: selling and marketing of lumber, finding buyers, purchasing requirements by the industry, managing a small sawmill business, setting up local small sawmill associations, sourcing affordable logs, portable sawmill equipment, solar dry kilns, other dry kilns, how to avoid stain and degrade. For more details and registration information, see the brochure.

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