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Timber Talk 4/19/16

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SFI Granted Membership in IUCN
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has been granted membership in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an organization devoted to helping the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environmental and development challenges. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with almost 1,300 government and NGO members and more than 15,000 volunteer experts in 185 countries. To learn more about SFI, IUCN, and this membership announcement, please read the press release from SFI ,Inc.

Hardwood Manufactures Association – Mid Month Update
HMA’s Central Regional Meeting is heading to Louisville, Kentucky, May 25-26, and here’s what they would like you to consider as you plan to be part of this signature HMA event.

Sign on as a meeting Sponsor and HMA will spotlight your extra effort.

  • At the $1000 Gold Sponsorship level – which includes one complimentary Registration - your company could help host Wednesday’s Cocktail Reception or the bus transportation to the Wednesday tour sites.
  • At the $500 Silver level, sponsorship opportunities include hosting Wednesday’s Bus Refreshments or the bus for Thursday’s tours.

Call the HMA office, 412.244.0440, to learn more.
Hotel deadline is fast approaching!
Reserve your room(s) today at Embassy Suites by Hilton, 501 S. Fourth Street Louisville, Kentucky. Reservations can be made online or by calling 502.813.3800. If you opt to call, be sure to ask for the Hardwood Manufacturers Association room block to secure the discounted room rate of $165. And yes, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to/from the Louisville International Airport.

Toursites include:

Registration and complete meeting details are available online at

CareWorksComp Provides Workers Comp Updates
OFA’s Workers Comp Group Ratings partner has provided the following information on happenings in the Workers Comp field.

CareWorksComp will kick off their 2016 series of Workers’ Compensation & Safety Seminars on Monday, April 18 in Toledo and continuing over the next two weeks in six locations throughout the state (Wooster, Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati). See the"CWC Seminar Flyer 2016” for more details.These are great opportunities to learn about current developments in the workers’ comp industry and how to maximize the value of the consulting services provided through the program.

Some important deadlines to keep in mind:

  • May 2 - 27, 2016: Biennial open enrollment for MCO selection
  • May 16, 2016: Last date to change premium installment plan for the 2016 policy year.

In other workers’ comp news:

  • Extra-Territorial ("Other States”) Coverage: Recently the BWC announced they would begin to offer a solution for employers looking for workers’ comp insurance coverage in other states.This could really make things easier for businesses based in Ohio, but with employees working outside of Ohio. This is especially relevant for those employers operating in border communities/counties. See the flyer, and for more information, email
  • Prospective Payment Transition Timeline: We are almost through one year under BWC’s new prospective premium payment system. An important part of this new system is the "true up” process to reconcile actual-to-projected payroll and premium. BWC will send a 2015 true-up notice to members on July 1. Employers will be able to access their true-up report online on that date, as well. This report is due to BWC by August 15, 2016. Reports must be submitted either online ( or telephonically at (800) 644-6292. It is critical that members comply with these deadlines. Failure to do so will result in removal of any alternative rating programs the employer may be enrolled in (e.g. group rating) and disqualification from enrolling in these programs for next year.Here is a timeline of events related to the premium payment dates for the 2016/2017 policy year as a reference.
  • Unemployment Updates: First quarter unemployment taxes are due to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) by Apr. 30, 2016. Untimely reports will result in penalties. Since Ohio employers pay unemployment taxes on the first $9,000 of an employee’s wages per year, the majority of unemployment taxes for the year often come due in the first quarter payment. If all required taxes are not paid timely, the quarterly report still needs to be filed with the understanding that unpaid taxes will accrue interest. For additional information regarding unemployment matters, contact Kammy Staton at (800) 837-3200, ext. 57165 or via e-mail:
  • Safety - Risk Control 360 addresses Spring Safety in this article. For more information contact Bob Cannell

Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! Grants
If you have an idea for a community garden, streamside restoration plan, or energy conservation project, and need funds to make it happen, you can apply for a GreenWorks! Grant from Project Learning Tree. These grants are awarded to schools, youth groups, and non-profit organizations to conduct environmental neighborhood improvement projects. Grants are available for up to $3,000. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2016. To learn more and apply, visit

Mt. Eaton Pallet Ltd. Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary
OFA Member company, Mt. Eaton Pallet Ltd is celebrating their 25th year of production and service to their customers in 14 states and Canada. This company was founded on workmanship, and continues that tradition today, while at the same time embracing the advancements in technology that it needs to provide a wide range of custom pallets. Learn more about this industry leading pallet company in their press release.

Updated Forest & Wood Export Conference Info and Agenda
April 27, 2016 is the date of the Forest & Wood Export Conference at the OSU South Center in Piketon, Ohio. See the flyer for details and the updated agenda.

Free Camping at State Parks for Planting a Tree
Ohioans wanting to celebrate Arbor Day this year are encouraged to donate and help plant a tree at Ohio State Parks on Saturday, April 23, 2016. For their efforts, participants who donate a tree and help plant it will receive one free night of camping for each tree they donate. Visit the following link to see details and find the state park in your area that is participating.

Birds in the Hills Festival – April 23, 24, 2016
OFA Member, Rural Action, is hosting the first ever Birds in the Hills Festival at Camp Oty’okwa in southeast Ohio. See the flyer for details.
ECOFA Newsletter
See the East Central Ohio Forestry Association May 2016 newsletter for news and information on upcoming events.
SEOWIG Newsletter
See the South East Ohio Woodland Interest Group April 2016 newsletter for news and information on upcoming events.

Other Upcoming Events:

  • Loggers Chapter Meetings
    • 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
  • 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. Here is a flyer 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 sawmill operations. A box lunch and drink will cost $10.
  • 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 AM - 4:30 PM. 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 manufacturers, foresters, 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, Univsity of Maryland Extension, Sawmill & Woodlot Magazine and North Carolina State University. The program will include outdoor demonstrations 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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