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Posted By Denise Foster, Tuesday, April 9, 2019


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 about which woods to use when smoking different meats. See the complete newsletter.

Bureau of Workers Comp Monthly Employer Webinars
The following is from the desk of the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.

Please join us for the April BWC employer webinar. This month we will discuss why it is important to review your estimated annual premium notice, the benefits of paying your premium in full versus installments, true-up and the Go-Green Rebate, BWC program options along with important deadlines and our monthly safety tip. 

The webinar will last approximately 20 minutes. You can view the webinar from the comfort of your office or attend in person at one of BWC’s service offices. By attending in person, you will have the opportunity to meet with a BWC representative.

Follow this link if you wish to attend the webinar but not visit a service office.
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.
11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25.

Click here to register to visit your local claims office and view the webinar with BWC staff.
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.

Tree Planting Seminar in Columbiana County
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, in conjunction with NEOFA, Columbiana County SWCD and the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center, is holding a tree planting and care seminar at the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center in East Liverpool on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM. There is no cost, but you need to bring your own lunch. There will be both classroom and field education in this seminar. See the flyer for complete details.

Future Logging Careers Act Introduced March 14, 2019
A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives introduced legislation that would allow 16 and 17-year-olds to work in certain mechanized jobs in logging under parental supervision. This legislation would extend the existing agricultural exemption, now enjoyed by family farmers and ranchers, to the logging industry. The purpose of this Act is to safely train young family members to work in a profession that needs an injection of new, young workers. It would not however, let these young workers operate chainsaws for felling and processing timber, or to use cable skidders. Read more details on this piece of introduced legislation in this article

Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in March, as well as a few we missed from our February welcome. 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.


  • Kristofer Davis from Mt. Perry, Ohio


  • Matt Arthur of Arthur Logging, LLC  from McArthur, Ohio
  • Larry Frazee of Triple L Timber from Danville, Ohio

Service Firms

  • Gary Schussler of the City of Kettering from Kettering, Ohio
  • Steve Willobee of Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors from Northbrook, IL
  • Jason Yost of Stark Parks from Massillon, Ohio


  • Brandi Breland of BTG Pactual from Columbus, Ohio
  • Ray Mendenhall of Mendenhall Farms from Dennison, Ohio

Primary Manufacturer

  • Aden Hochstetler of Southwood Lumber & Pallet from Orrville, Ohio

Secondary Manufacturers

  • Andy Tracewell of Caretta Workspace from Lewis Center, Ohio
  • Ben York of RC Family Wood Products, LLC from Houston, Ohio


  • Elliot Smith from Columbus, Ohio

The WORK SAFE article, reprinted from the March 2019 edition of the Northern Logger and Timber Processor magazine, gives example of fatalities and injuries that happened at job sites and on the road, that could easily have been avoided. Use these examples to keep yourself, your coworkers, and your employees safe, so that everyone can go home to their families at the end of the day in the same condition that they left in the morning.

HMA April Newsletter
See the April HMA Link newsletter describing the recent and upcoming activities of the Hardwood Manufacturing Association (HMA). This newsletter talks about the “art” of American hardwood Promotion and the Hardwood Federation’s Advocacy, and why advocacy matters.

Forest Service Develops Wood Tornado Shelter
Researchers from the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory have developed a tornado shelter using aninnovative wood structuring model that meets the “Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters” as defined by the International Code Council/National Storm Shelter Association, as well as being relatively inexpensive and easy to build. Read more about this development in the article published in the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter.

(Photo Credit: NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory; NOAA Photo Library, Flickr/Creative Commons)

Women With Axes: Looking Back at World War II ‘Lumberjills’
This is the title of an article recently published in The New York Times. During World War II, the U.S. had its Rosie the Riveters, while Great Britain had the Women’s Timber Corp. This article is a great look back at a part of history that is often overlooked in historical teaching, that being the affect that women had during the war doing unconventional work. Read this interesting account and see a collection of historical photos.  

Upcoming Events:

  • SEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – 7:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • ECOLC Meeting – Monday, April 15, 2019 – 7:00 PM
  • Custom CSAW Class -  Monday, April 15, 2019 – 9:00 AM – Delaware, Ohio SWCD
  • SVLC Meeting – Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 5:30 PM – Bergholz, Ohio

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