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Posted By Denise Foster, Wednesday, November 28, 2018


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 the Accidents, Risk, and Challenges for Log Haulers. 

Dovetail Partners November “Outlook” Newsletter
The November issue of Dovetail Partners “Outlook” newsletter has an article and report on the emerging Biochar Industry, as well as a report on the environmental assessment of Natural vs Artificial Christmas Trees. "The Outlook" is the monthly e-newsletter of Dovetail Partners, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit corporation.

Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for December
SOFA has put out their December 2018 newsletter.Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more. This month’s newsletter has another good edition of “The Adventures of Wayne and Tim”.

OFA Issues & Advocacy Update
There are not a lot of hot button issues facing us right now from the legislative standpoint. Currently, the issues of most concern are; the wet weather, which is affecting logging and mill inventories; lumber prices which have fallen over the past several months for a variety of reasons; and the continuing problems with invasive plants and insects. Following are some of the issues that we have been working on and/or tracking since our last update.


  • We continue to work with different counties in Ohio on road use issues. We are continuing to monitor a lawsuit in one county between a logging company and a county engineers office. 


  • OFA continues to work with partners including; Ohio Division of Forestry, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, County Auditors Association, and others on the woodland tax concerns facing Ohio forest landowners.


  • OFA continues to work through the Forest in the Farm Bill Coalition to support passage of a Farm Bill that includes significant provisions for vital programs that forest landowners need and use, such as EQIP, to help manage their forests. It is hoped that this bill gets passed before year’s end. Read this article discussing some of the topics being heavily debated at this time. 
  • We continue to monitor the effects of the Trump/China dispute on tariffs, and how this affects the wood industry.


  • We continue to be active participants in many committees across the state that work on logging and forestry issues, including: Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Agricultural Advisory Committee to the Ohio Department of Taxation, Ohio Woodland Stewards, Ohio Forestry Advisory Committee, Ohio Forest Stewardship Program, Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee, and others.

If at any time you have a question about one of these subjects, or have other issues that you would like OFA to assist with, please do not hesitate to contact myself or someone else at the OFA office. Brad Perkins – OFA Executive Director

CLT Buildings Coming To Ohio
For the past couple years, articles on Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) buildings have been prevalent in this newsletter and many others relating to the forest products industry. For the most part, the construction of buildings using this innovative wood technology have been confined to the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Europe. Now, for the first time, it is coming to Ohio. I recently had the pleasure of sitting and discussing a project with the VP of Government Affairs and Public Relations for Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors. This family-owned development company from Illinois is working on the design of two CLT structures that will be built in Cleveland, Ohio, directly adjacent to the historic West Side Market. These structures are planned to be 8 and 12 stories high. Though the CLT panels for construction will be sourced from softwood sources outside Ohio, OFA is putting Harbor Bay in contact with Ohio’s hardwood manufactures to provide the hardwood trim, flooring and furniture that should be used in wood buildings of this unique form of construction. Harbor Bay has reached out to OFA to develop a relationship with the forest products industry in Ohio, to tell the story together about the many valuable attributes of building with wood versus other construction materials. Following are links to three articles recently released about this project. Take a look!

Chicago-area developer has mixed-use plan for key Ohio City corner

New neighborhood next to West Side Market could become a reality

Major Ohio City development project presented to neighborhood

Attention Master Loggers
There will be a Master Logger Recertification Class on December 14 at the OFA Office in Zanesville. If your certification is expiring soon, this is a great way to obtain most of the requirements that you need to re-certify. This class will include 4 hours of general education, 2 hours of chainsaw safety and 2 hours of best management practices (including the new WV Logging Sediment Act training which is now required if you log in WV). You may attend the full day or ½ day depending on what requirements you are lacking. Register here 

2019 Lumber Grading Short Course Registration Now Open
OFA, in conjunction with the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA), will be holding a lumber grading short course at Yoder Lumber Company’s Buckhorn facility on June 10-13, 2019. This is a popular course, and is limited to the first 20 registrants, so sign up early. You can register on-line, or contact Gayla or Denise at 888-388-7337. 

Nominations Needed of OFA Conservation Awards
At the OFA Annual Meeting on March 7, 2019, we will once again be honoring those individuals that have stood out from the pack in their respective areas of expertise by presenting them with one of OFA’s Conservation Awards. We are still requesting nominations for the following awards:

  • Outstanding Individual in Government Service
  • Outstanding Individual in Conservation Education
  • Outstanding Individual in Industry
  • Outstanding Logger Activist
  • Ohio Forestry Hall of Fame

If you know someone deserving of any of these awards, please contact us at the OFA office, or go online and fill out a nomination form.

Upcoming Events:

  • SEOLC Meeting - Wednesday, Dec. 12 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • NEOLC Meeting - Wednesday, Dec. 12 – 5:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting - Thursday, Dec. 20 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio 


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