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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Thursday, June 7, 2018
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 contains an interesting article about sustainable supercapacitors made from wood. See the complete newsletter.
HMA June Newsletter
Here is the June HMA Link newsletter describing the recent activities of the Hardwood Manufacturing Association (HMA). In the Hardwood Federation Update section, Dana Cole, Hardwood Federation Executive Director, gives a rundown on the positive forest-products related programs that should make it through the next attempt at getting the Farm Bill passes later this month.
Update on the Public Participation Strategy for the Wayne National Forest Plan Revision
From the desk of Dawn McCarthy, Partnership & Community Engagement Specialist with the U. S. Forest Service:

In March and April of 2018, the Wayne National Forest held eight public meetings to announce the Forest would soon begin revising its Forest Plan and to ask for input on how best to involve the public in that process. We made a commitment to review that input and use it to develop a comprehensive Public Participation Strategy that would guide our efforts at public engagement throughout the revision of the Forest Plan. The document is attached to this email update.

As part of the Public Participation Strategy, we are in the process of scheduling August workshops. Stay tuned for dates, times, topics, and locations.

Through our interactions with the public during the initial round of meetings, we determined that one key element of an effective Public Participation Strategy would be a website that can serve as a central location for all public engagement related to Forest Plan Revision. To ensure that the website would be a valuable and user-friendly tool, we have taken the time to communicate with multiple web developers regarding the design of this website. As a result, the website will not be live until the beginning of July.

One of the key functions of the website will be the ability for members of the public to share data, documents, and other information with the Wayne National Forest plan revision team. Users will be able to read all the comments that have been submitted and provide comments of their own. Until the website is active, we strongly encourage you to continue sharing your knowledge of conditions on the Wayne National Forest through email , or by mail to 13700 US Hwy 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764.

Thanks, as always, for your continued interest in the Wayne National Forest, and please stay tuned for more information as we continue to develop the website that will help us to work with all of you on developing the Wayne’s next Forest Plan.

See the Wayne National Forest Public Participation Strategy document for more details.
Ohio School Proposes Harvesting Old Growth Trees
To offset shortfalls in school funding, the Newton Falls Exempted School District in northeast Ohio is proposing a timber harvest on 42 acres of school property. Read more in the article from the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter
Researchers Trying “Herd Immunity” To Save Ash Trees In Allegheny National Forest
Researchers with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station will try using a method often used with human vaccines, where the treatment of a few help protect many around them, to see if it will work with ash trees to protect against the Emerald Ash Borer. Read about this interesting research being conducted in our neighboring state.
Ohio Supreme Court Rules That City Not Liable For Accident Caused By View Of Stop Sign Blocked By Bush
The Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled that the city of Campbell in Mahoning County cannot be held liable for an accident caused by someone running a stop sign because their view of the sign was blocked by the foliage of a bush. In cases like this, the devil is always in the legal details. Common sense seems to say that those responsible for erecting and enforcing traffic signage should also be responsible for making sure that they are clear, for reasons of both legality and safety. But the court has to look at things like whether the sign and/or offending foliage is on public or private property and who is responsible for its maintenance. This ruling is an interesting read, as well as are some of the back and forth comments from citizens that can also be read here.
Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for June
SOFA has put out their June 2018 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more. This month’s newsletter has a very interesting short article by Bill Plotkin entitled “Wilderness Wandering”.

Upcoming Events:

  • A Day In The Woods – Breeding Birds – 6/8/18 – 8:00 AM – McArthur, Ohio
  • 2018 Camp Canopy – 6/10 – 6/15/18 – Camp Muskingum, Carroll County
  • SEOLC Meeting – 6/13/18 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio

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