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Posted By Denise Foster, Monday, July 27, 2020

2020 Paul Bunyan Show Cancelled – For the health and safety of the show’s patrons, vendors, exhibitors, volunteers and staff, the Ohio Forestry Association’s Board of Directors has made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Paul Bunyan Show. We fully understand the hardship that cancelling the show brings to the vendors and exhibitors that rely on this show as a portion of their annual income, but we also know that in these times of increasing COVID-19 transmission rates across our state and country, cancelling the show is the right thing to do for all involved.

We look forward to continuing the great tradition of the Paul Bunyan Show during the dates of October 1-3, 2021. We hope to see everyone there!


ODA Asks Public to Not Plant any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds – The Packets Contain Unknown Seeds & Often Feature Chinese Writing - Following is an important news release from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

REYNOLDSBURG, OH (July 27, 2020) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has been notified that several Ohio residents have received unsolicited packages in the mail containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are currently unknown and may contain invasive plant species. Similar seed packets have been received recently in several other locations across the United States.

If you receive a package of this type, please DO NOT plant these seeds. If they are in sealed packaging, do not open the sealed package. You can report the seeds to ODA online here or you may contact the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Anti-smuggling Hotline by calling 800-877-3835 or by emailing SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov. Also, if possible, please retain the original packaging, as that information may be useful to trade compliance officers as they work through this issue.

Unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, contain noxious weeds, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Invasive species and noxious weeds can displace native plants and increase costs of food production. ODA and APHIS work hard to prevent the introduction of invasive species and protect Ohio agriculture. All foreign seeds shipped to the United States should have a phytosanitary certificate which guarantees the seeds meet important requirements.

We will have the latest information regarding this investigation on our website.

Example of Seed Packet.


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 article discussing how decks, fences, and other pandemic projects have led to treated lumber shortages in some areas.  See the complete newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/6059b2fc7bd1/forest-markets-news-week-of-july-20-2020?e=c0fe7ca008


Project Learning Tree (PLT) Summer-2020 Newsletter – PLT has distributed their Summer-2020 Tree-rific Resources E-Newsletter. This summer’s newsletter introduces the “Find Your Green Job Quiz, announces their 2019 Annual Report, and discusses The Ohio State University's Environmental Professionals Network. See all the details in the ATTACHED newsletter.


Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation – Upcoming August Webinars – The Ohio BWC is offering four employer webinars in August. They cover a Winning Management Commitment, Confined Space Programs, Precision OSHA Recordkeeping, and Personal Fall Protection Equipment. Get all the details on these webinars in the ATTACHED flyer.


Yellow Poplar CLT Project – New River Train Observation Tower – Up for Possible Architizer 2020 A+ Award – This project, the first permanent building permitted for, and constructed with, hardwood CLT in the United States, was designed and built by students and faculty at Virginia Tech. Read about this exciting project, and see pictures of the construction project, in the article at the following link. https://architizer.com/projects/new-river-train-observation-tower-2/


Issues & Advocacy Update – The following update on national level issue is provided by our partners at the Forest Resource Association.
EPA Stalls Biomass Carbon Neutrality Rule
The much-anticipated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule that would provide regulations to measure the impacts of biomass energy has stalled. The EPA indicated last week that the proposed rule would be released for public review. The rule is now, once again, being reviewed internally amid concerns of legal challenges from environmental groups.
Logger Relief Drawing Attention
The American Loggers Council (ALC) proposed legislation fronted by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is getting noticed. This week, E&E News ran a story on the legislation highlighting the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on logging businesses. In the article, ALC estimated state-level losses around the country, citing a loss of 30% of production in North Carolina and financial shortfalls of $115 million for Alabama suppliers. The legislation would provide an opportunity for logging and log truck businesses to receive a grant if certain criteria are met. FRA has offered our support to ALC to advance the logger relief provisions. ALC has shared talking points with FRA that can be found here.


The U.S. House Passes Sweeping Conservation Legislation with Bipartisan Support – Last week, the House passed legislation known as the “Great American Outdoors Act”, which has already been passed by the Senate. It is now awaiting the President’s signature, which he has already promised. This legislation would fully and permanently fund a conservation program known as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was set up by Congress in the 1960s and has been chronically underfunded. It also dedicates funding for a backlog of maintenance projects on federal lands overseen by the Forest Service, National Park Service, and other federal agencies. Read more about this legislation in the article at the following link. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/22/politics/great-american-outdoors-act-house/index.html?MvBriefArticleId=19571


Upcoming Events: http://www.ohioforest.org/events/event_list.asp  For Details on These and Other Events
In light of the Coronavirus COVID-19 concerns, OFA cancelled all group activities in March, April, and May. In June, we have started rescheduling some CSAW Training classes and BMP classes with PPE and Social Distancing Guidelines.  Watch this area for updates when it is socially and healthfully responsible to start rescheduling Loggers Chapter meetings and other activities

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