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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The OFA/OSAF Summer Meeting is in 1 Week! It will be a "WILD" Time
Have you registered for the Summer Meeting yet? Time is running out, register today! See details and registration information here!

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 several articles about tariffs on wood products.
Hepatica Falls Tree Farm named North Central Regional Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year
OFA Members Randy and Koral Clum and their tree farm, Hepatica Falls, have been name the North Central Regional Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year by the American Tree Farm System. See more about Randy and Coral and their tree farm here.  If you are on Facebook, please take a moment to help them win the National Outstanding Tree Farm Award by voting for them here. You can vote multiple times from different devices, so be sure to vote from your laptop, desktop, phone, tablet, etc. Congratulations Randy and Koral and good luck!
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 here, or contact Gayla or Denise at 888-388-7337.
Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter
Here is the July 2018 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains information on their July 18 pot-luck picnic at the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center.
Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA) July 2018 e-Newsletter
For those of you on Ohio’s eastern border, you may be interested in some of the information in the PFA July 2018 e-newsletter. One of the topics in this newsletter is an announcement that the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference & Expo will be held in Philadelphia September 12 – 14, 2018.
East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter
Here is the East Central Ohio Forestry Association August 2018 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, as well as a schedule of upcoming events. This edition recaps a great presentation they had on Ginseng.
Kentucky Forest Industry Association (KFIA) July 2018 Newsletter
For those interested to see some of the same, as well as different, issues that our forest industry members in neighboring Kentucky are dealing with, read the KFIA June newsletter. Thanks to former OFA president, Rob McCarthy for forwarding us this information.
From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the August 2018 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the slowdown this summer for log and lumber exports to China, and the expected future on these shipments.

We hinted last month that this could be the first “normal” summer in several years. Well, it’s here. Lumber production is up, and will only grow if log exports to China remain constrained— assuming sawmills can hold onto enough employees to get the work done. Chinese lumber inventories are heavy and the pullback on Red Oak seems to be spreading to other species, though May volumes rose for Poplar, White Oak and Cherry. It is also the first time in a long time that domestic grade lumber and low-grade markets have been stronger than export markets, which is certainly taking some of the sting off of China’s retreat. In fact, the strong U.S. market and limited spring lumber production likely kept China buying lumber and building inventory well past the point it would have if lumber had been more readily available. We’re coming off months of record sales and rising prices, so a summer correction is not too surprising.

We don’t expect export lumber volumes to come roaring back, given the strong dollar, European holidays, and China’s heavy inventories, but volumes should begin to climb again after July. In the meantime, expect some price corrections in the higher-volume species. Log exports should also begin to climb back slowly as traders find workarounds to China’s barriers.
A Renewed View Of Some Of The World’s Oldest Trees
In 2012, on a vacation trip to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, I made a special effort to take a long walk through the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. It was the third large grove of sequoias that I have been fortunate enough to walk through, and it was every bit as awe inspiring as the first two. Three years later, in 2015, they closed the grove to the public while they went through a $40 million restoration of trails, parking lots, and other improvements, to make a healthier environment for the trees as the grove handles the hundreds of thousands of visitors that walk in their shadows each year. This renovation took three years and just re-opened to the public in 2018. Read about this remarkable place and the renovations. 
Muskingum River Woodlands Interest Group (MRWIG) Newsletter
MRWIG has distributed their July/August 2018 newsletter. Read it to see their upcoming schedule and other news, which includes a recap of their Summer Woodland Walk on July 9th. Also see this flyer announcing their September 29th, 2018 Annual Field Day, as well as an Itinerary and Registration form.
Pallet Enterprise Classifieds
Here is a recent offering of classified ads from Pallet Enterprise. These classifieds consist of machinery, lumber, job openings, etc.

Upcoming Events

  • Steel Valley Loggers Chapter Meeting - July 19

  • OFA/OSAF Summer Meeting - July 24-25

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