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Posted By Denise Foster, Tuesday, July 9, 2019


OFA's Summer Outing is just one week away!

If you haven't registered, please do so today. The event will kick off on Wednesday, July 17 with a leisurely cruise and reception onboard the Valley Gem Sternwheeler. Visit with your fellow timber industry professionals while enjoying appetizers, cocktails and beautiful scenery. Then stick around on Thursday and spend the day playing golf at Lakeside Golf Course in Beverly or shooting sporting clays at Hilltop Sports in Whipple. The evening wraps up with a steak dinner and awards banquet at Lakeside. We hope to see you there. Don’t delay, register today!

Forest Markets Weekly Newsletters

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 an interesting article on a Forest Food Garden.  See the complete newsletter

Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for July

SOFA has put out their July 2019 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more.  This month’s newsletter includes a recap of their June outing at the Apsley Tree Farm, and an interesting article on a new tick-bourne disease, Powassan Virus.

(picture from the “Adventures of Wayne & Tim”)

Project Learning Tree (PLT) July Newsletter

PLT has distributed their July 2019 newsletter. This month’s newsletter highlights Facilitator and Educator workshops taking place over the next couple weeks. See all the details in their newsletter

OFA Member Benefit – Discount From Forestry Suppliers, Inc.

Forestry Suppliers, Inc., based in Jackson, MS has just announced a 7% discount on all orders placed with them from OFA Members for the next year. To receive this discount, all you must do is use Key Code: KOH when placing your order. Remember, if you were used to ordering supplies from Ben Meadows, they are now part of Forestry Suppliers. Visit their website to see their complete line of offerings. 

REMINDER: MRWIG Meeting this Wednesday!

The following message is from the Muskingum River Woodland Interest Group (MRWIG) President, Tim Mason, regarding their meeting/outing this Wednesday, July 10th, 2019.

“MRWIG members and friends who attend the meeting Wednesday July 10th, 6 PM at Zuck Riparian Preserve and River Access are in for a real treat! Ohio State University researchers will discuss the Ohio Hellbender Partnership, a collaborative effort by state, federal and local government and private partnerships with the Columbus and Toledo zoos to reintroduce this state endangered salamander into prime habitat. Attendees will also explore the woodland riparian habitat discussing the value of this important forested property and how it adds to the river ecosystem. We will look at plants, native and nonnative and discuss management options to enhance and protect this valuable natural resource. Bring a lawn chair and a friend to Zuck Riparian Preserve and River Access located at: 28300 Zuck Road, Howard OH 43028. See you Wednesday!”

Bradford Pear Trees Are Invading U.S. Forests

A tree that was once thought of as the darling of ornamental trees because of its shape and beautiful spring flowers and fall leaves, is now rapidly becoming an invasive species that is expanding from open roadside areas to our forests. Read why this is happening with a cultivar that was designed to be sterile in the article from CITYLAB

New Forest Supervisor at Wayne National Forest
Nelsonville, Ohio

(July 3, 2019) – Beginning Monday, September 2, the Wayne National Forest will have a new Forest Supervisor.

On Friday, June 28, Acting Regional Forester Bob Lueckel announced the selection of Carrie Gilbert as the Wayne National Forest’s new Forest Supervisor. “We look forward to having Carrie Gilbert lead the Wayne National Forest in collaboration with the many partners and stakeholders whose support and interests are vital to our ability to effectively manage the forest and serve the public,” Lueckel said. “Carrie’s experience and skillset will provide direction for the forest plan revision process and serve a key role on the Ohio Interagency Forestry Team.”

Gilbert currently serves as the Regional Environmental Coordinator for the Eastern Region in Milwaukee, WI. She provides leadership and guidance to the Region’s Forests on environmental analysis and decision frameworks, primarily with the National Environmental Policy Act. Gilbert previously served as the Allegheny National Forest’s Deputy Forest Supervisor and as acting Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Mt. Hood National Forest. 

“I look forward to working with local communities in southeast Ohio on forest plan revision and multiple use management of the Wayne National Forest,” states Gilbert. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, gardening, and exploring local farmers’ markets and festivities.

Gilbert began her career in the Forest Service as a Forester on the Daniel Boone National Forest and a Planning Forester on the Superior National Forest. Prior to returning to the Forest Service, she led revision of the State Forest Resource Management Plan and coordinated Forest Stewardship Council certification as the Planning Section Chief for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forest. She also served as a Botany Ecological Specialist for the Bureau and provided direction on plant conservation on Pennsylvania’s 2.2 million acres of state forestland. 

Gilbert holds a Master of Science in Forest Management and a bachelor’s in Forest Conservation, both from Pennsylvania State University. 

About the Wayne National Forest

The 244,000-acre Wayne National Forest offers a variety of recreation opportunities, including camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, nature viewing, canoeing, and much more! Over 400 miles of trails beckon visitors to enjoy the great outdoors in Ohio’s only national forest. For more information, visit our website. Follow the Wayne National Forest on Facebook and Twitter.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the country’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Its public lands contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year and provide 20 percent of the country’s clean water supply. For more information, visit

Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

  • ECOLC Meeting - July 15, 7:00 PM
  • Project Learning Tree-Ohio Facilitator Leadership Training - July 16-17 - Canton, Ohio
  • 2019 OFA Summer Outing - July 17 - Marietta, Ohio
  • SVLC Meeting - August 29 - 5:30 PM Bergholz, Ohio

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