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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

OFA/OSAF Summer Meeting Recap

The OFA 2018 Summer Meeting was held jointly with the Ohio Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. The meeting kicked off with a tour of The WIlds in Cumberland, Ohio. Eighty-seven industry professionals had their choice of either a Safari tour or a Reclamation Tour. I think a good time was had by all. The afternoon finalized with a networking reception and a retirement celebration for John Dorka.

The outing continued on Wednesday with a clay shoot at Briar Rabbit Sporting Clays where 32 shooters participated,  and a Golf Outing with 39 golfers at Eagle Sticks Golf Club in Zanesville. After a beautiful day of shooting and golfing the 2 groups came together for a steak dinner at Eagle Sticks.

Thanks to all who attended, and thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

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 has an interesting article on a Biodegradable Plastic made from Tree Cellulose and Shellfish. The previous weeks newsletter can be seen here.

Do You Need Chainsaw Training?
The Ohio Forestry Association is offering a Custom CSAW (Chainsaw Safety Awareness that Works) on October 13, 2018 in Sherrodsville Ohio. This will be an 8 hour custom class covering felling and limbing. Get details and register online. Or contact Gayla or Denise at 888-388-7337.
Dovetail Partners July “Outlook” Newsletter
The July issue of Dovetail Partners “Outlook” newsletter has a section on Bat-Friendly Forestry Updates. This edition can be viewed here. "The Outlook" is the monthly e-newsletter of Dovetail Partners, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit corporation
Benefits of Harvesting Non-Timber Forest Products
When we think of non-timber forest products, we often think of maple syrup and mushrooms. However, there is a lot of economic impact created from other specialty products like medical herbs and wild onions. As far back as 2001, the estimated market value of four medicinal and floral species (blood root, black cohosh, American ginseng, and galax) exceeded $25 million. USDA Forest Service researchers have unveiled a new report that tries to capture the value of these products with science based information to help guide decision makers and practitioners. Read more about this report in the article recently published in the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter.

Family Event Scheduled for Vinton Furnace State Forest
The public is invited to attend Family Day in the Woods, a free and family-friendly event at Vinton Furnace State Forest on Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will be tailored for kids (grades K-6) to foster good environmental stewardship in the future.

Fun, hands-on activities will include wagon rides through the woods, nature hikes, forest wildlife, pollinators and insects, forestry tools and science, Native American mound builders, wildfire prevention with Smokey Bear, and a portable sawmill. The Vinton County 4-H Club will be serving food.

The Vinton Furnace State Forest is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the United States and home to more than 50 years of ongoing research by scientists from the USDA Forest Service’s lab in Delaware, Ohio.

WHAT:            Family Day in the Woods
WHO:              “A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” Program
WHEN:            Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE:         Vinton Furnace State Forest (Vinton County)
Directions:  Coordinates: 39.199617, -82.396229

Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 15, 2018, to Dave Apsley at Ohio State University Extension Vinton County by calling 740-596-5212, or via email.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” programs run from May through November and are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, USDA Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota.  There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit

Workers Comp Info From The Desk Of CareWorksComp
It might help businesses to think of the workers’ compensation year in three parts: Education, Evaluation, and Enrollment.  Spring is generally the time for “Education”, with our seminars and the Ohio Safety Congress taking place. As we’ve now moved on to the middle of the year, we’ve reached the “Evaluation” phase. Here at CareWorksComp, we’re working hard and making sure that we form the strongest and most stable programs, as well as, incorporating any BWC changes so that we can offer your business the best possible options for the 2019 policy year. If you’re not currently a CareworksComp client, we will be reaching out to you soon so that we can provide you with potential savings in our program. CareWorksComp will soon be sending out our invitations to these various alternative rating programs, which will begin the “Enrollment” phase.  In the coming months, CareWorksComp will be contacting you about enrolling in the Program that is the best fit for your business. We look forward to discussing the various Programs with you in the near future.  
Important Dates and Upcoming Deadlines (for Private Employers):

July 1, 2018
Start date of the 2018 policy year, including new 2018 rates and programs

July 31, 201
Final day to join a safety council for the 2018 policy year

Deadline to complete DFSP accident analysis training for 7/1 program start date (initial year only!). Please note that new supervisors have 60 days from the date of hire to complete

Deadline to complete the online safety management self-assessment (SH-26) for a 7/1 start date for both the DFSP program and the ISSP program.

August 15, 2018
Due date for BWC to receive your 2017 payroll True-Up report, as well as any True-Up payment for the July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 rate year.

2017 Rate Year True-up: True-Up reconciliation must be completed by 8/15/18 for the July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 rate year. It is very important that your true-up is done timely or BWC may lapse your coverage and/or remove your company from any alternative rating programs. The BWC considers the True-Up complete when payroll is reported and any related premium payments are made.

August 30, 2018 is the DFSP action plan deadline for 7/1 start date – advanced level only.

Unemployment Update:  An analogy for paying out an unemployment claim is like a tire warranty!  It is only good for a set amount of miles (money) or a set time frame.  Claimants that qualify are awarded a total amount of money (current maximum is $15,548) and a benefit year within which they can collect the money.  Like a tire warranty, claimants can only collect on the claim while they still are owed money (or mileage) and are within their time limit.  Once either is used up, they cannot collect any more money until the claim year expires.  The money they collect is only dispersed one week at a time, and the total awards do not exceed twenty six (26) weeks.  They can open up their claim and never collect against it (drive zero miles), they can file weeks sporadically or they can use up their entire award (maximum mileage).
CareWorksComp can assist you in controlling unemployment claims and taxes.  If you would like more information on how much a claimant can collect per week, how the amount is determined, and how much you, as an employer, may be charged, please contact Kammy Staton, our Unemployment Manager, at 614.526.7165.

Policy Activity Rebate (PAR): Employers may have heard about a new program developed by BWC, which, according to the BWC, is intended to help employers expand their knowledge of key facets in workers’ comp, such as claims management and safety. Participation in this plan enables some penalty rated companies to earn a premium rebate, for completion of specific activities.  Please contact your CareWorksComp representative if you have questions about this, or any other, BWC program.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Deadline is October 31, 2018
The following is from the desk of Randy Monhemius, Business Program Specialist with USDA, Rural Development.

The next deadline for accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program is October 31, 2018.  This deadline applies only to those applicants requesting $20,000 or less. The deadline for accepting applications requesting up to $500,000 is April 30, 2019.

As a reminder, this program is designed to assist rural, small, for-profit businesses and agricultural producers install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements to their operations. These types of improvements can help eligible applicants control energy input costs and improve the overall profitability of their operations. The grant program can cover up to 25% of the eligible project costs while the loan guarantee can cover up to 75% of the eligible project costs.  Grants can range from $1,500 to $500,000 with loan guarantees up to $10,000,000.

In previous years, this program has helped farmers replace grain dryers; fans and lights for livestock operations; and install solar PV arrays to help offset electrical consumption. Small businesses have benefited through high efficiency lighting; improvements to their HVAC systems; and installation of a renewable energy system to help offset electrical consumption.  

Additional information can be found at: Rural Energy for America Program.

Should you be interested in discussing a specific project or in receiving an application to complete for your project, please contact one of the persons listed below:

Christie Hooks                614-255-2397
Jennifer Brown             614-255-2423
Randy Monhemius       614-255-2424

Upcoming Events:

  • ISA International Conference - Aug 5-8
  • SEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, Aug. 8, 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • A Day in the Woods – Woodland Stewardship Opportunities – Friday, Aug. 10, 9 AM – 3:30 PM – MacArthur, Ohio
  • Logging Standards Council Meeting – Wednesday, Aug. 15, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Zanesville OFA Office
  • Family Day in the Woods – Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 AM – 3:30 PM – MacArthur, Ohio

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