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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, June 12, 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 couple interesting article about replacing single use plastics with wood based products. See the complete newsletter here.
Camp Canopy Under Way
As I am writing this article, I am looking out the window of the Discovery Center at Camp Muskingum and watching a group of “Camp Canopy” students learning about the fish in Leesville Lake via an electro-shocking demonstration. Viewable in another direction from my windowed perch is an Outdoor Survival class full of interested students. Camp Canopy got underway Sunday with 92 campers showing up and getting registered and settled in for the week. Monday’s classes included; Dendrology, Adventure Valley, and Wildlife Management. Today, in addition to the two aforementioned classes, Reptiles and Forest Measurements classes are in full swing. A variety of classes will continue through Thursday, then culminate with an exam on Friday morning and a graduation ceremony where all campers will be recognized and college scholarships will be handed out to the top scorers on the exam.
I want to thank everyone involved with making this camp such a great success, from the students and their parents, the sponsors, camp staff and counselors, the camp committee that coordinates everything, the OFA staff, and all the professionals that give of their time and expertise to come to camp and teach the students. Let’s start early on promoting this awesome week for an even bigger and better camp next year!
Ohio BWC Monthly Webinar – From the office of the Bureau of Workers Compensation.
Please join us for the June BWC employer webinar. This month we'll cover information about the Billion Back rebate, policy year 2018 renewal, the new Policy Activity Rebate Program, BWC policy coverage limits, program reminders and our monthly safety tip.The webinars will last approximately 20 minutes. You can view the webinars from the comfort of your office or attend in person at one of BWC’s claims offices. By attending in person, you'll have the opportunity to meet with a BWC representative.
Click here to register. When registering, please provide your name, title, policy number (or company name), phone number and email address. We’ll record this webinar and make it available for future viewing here.
Note: In the Columbus area, the on-site option will be at our BWC OCOSH location, 13430 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, Ohio.

Logging Is Dangerous Work
We have talked about this subject in previous newsletters. Recently, Eric Kingsley of the Forest Resource Association gathered the statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on workplace fatalities. Once again to our dismay, logging had the highest fatality rate of any U. S. occupation. Read Eric’s full report, and look for ways to keep yourself and your employees from becoming one of these grim statistics.
Will a tiny, laser-powered RoboFly be able to sniff out forest fires and gas leaks?
Researchers have developed a tiny robot with flapping wings, powered by a laser beam, that may someday be used to sniff out forest fires and methane gas leaks. Read about this interesting technology here.
Summer Meeting Registration Coming Soon!
Details for the 2018 Summer Meeting will be finalized this week. Watch your inboxes and mailboxes for the registration material soon. This year we will be partnering with OFAF for a joint meeting. 
The tentative schedule is as follows: 

Tuesday, July 24
1:00 PM - OWIN Tour and Reception - The buses will depart at 1:00 PM from the  hotels for an exciting tour of The Wilds, North America’s largest wildlife conservation center. The Wilds encompasses 9,154 acres of reclaimed coal mines which includes 2,000 acres of pastures and a 27-acre Carnivore Conservation Center. The property includes a birding  station, butterfly habitat, hiking trails, and approximately 150 lakes. You will have your choice of  an open air Safari Tour, or a behind the scenes Reclamation Tour. After the tour there will be a reception, serving  hors d'oeuvres and retirement ceremony for John Dorka. The buses will depart The Wilds at 6:30 PM and you will arrive back in Zanesville at approximately 7:15 PM.

7:15 PM - Evening Free - The evening is free for dinner on your own. Network and enjoy the company of your fellow wood industry professionals. Check with OFA staff for recommended restaurants.

Wednesday, July 24

9:00 AM - Golf Registration Opens: The Golf Outing will be held at EagleSticks Golf Club. The format will be a two-man blind draw with a 10:00 AM shotgun start. Coffee and donuts will be served, and lunch will be provided. 

11:00 AM - Clay Shoot Registration Opens: The Clay Shoot will take place at  Briar Rabbit Shooting  Sports. The event  includes 100 birds. Practice rounds will begin at noon,  and the shooting event will kick off at 1:00 PM. Shells are not included. Gun rental is available. Coffee, donuts and lunch are provided.

3:00 PM - Reception  - Beverages and light refreshments will be served before dinner at Eagle Sticks.

4:00 PM - Awards Banquet and Steak Dinner: Be sure to join us at EagleSticks for a steak dinner followed by an awards banquet which is always an entertaining event!

Reserve your sleeping room at one of the following hotels:

Quality Inn
500 Monroe St
Zanesville, OH 43701
$109.99 plus tax

Hampton Inn
1009 Spring St 
Zanesville, OH 43701
$129 plus tax, book online with code OFA

Upcoming Events

  • Southeastern Ohio Loggers Chapter Meeting - June 13
  • 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
  • Summer Meeting - July 24-25



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