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Weekly News 4.30.12

Posted By John Dorka, Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekly News 4.30.12

  • BWC News from CareWorks. Open Enrollment for Workers Compensation runs from April 30 through May 25, 2012. Here are two news releases from CareWorks MCO (Managed Care Organization) who manages the OFA Group Safety Program. The attachments note that CareWorks achieved a #1 return to work performance on the BWC’s 2012 MCO Report Card, and has also achieved a #1 rating over a 9-year period from 2003 through 2011.
  • Bucking for Value Training. OFA and OSU Extension are looking into offering Bucking for Value Training to OFA members and others in logging and sawmilling to help them improve their bottom line through better log bucking techniques. Following a meeting last week, we agreed to further assess industry need and interest. I would appreciate hearing from OFA members on their thoughts with training, which could involve full day training workshops. Part of the training package may include short sessions offered at Logger Chapter meetings which would focus on a few of the key principles of bucking for value.

  • Lumber Grading Short Course, June 4-7, 2012. Once again, OFA in cooperation with Yoder Lumber Co, Inc. is hosting a 4-Day Lumber Grading Short Course at the Yoder’s Buckhorn Facility in Millersburg. The class will run from June 4 through June 7 and will again be taught by NHLA instructor Barry Kibbey. Anyone interested can register on-line at the OFA website, or you can call OFA to register at 614-497-9580. Seating is limited!
  • OFA Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, June 10-15, 2012. For the 63rd consecutive year, OFA will host a Forestry Camp for high school students. This year’s camp will run June 10-15 at FFA Camp Muskingum in Carroll County. Prospective students can register on-line at the OFA website or phone OFA for information, 614-497-9580. Anyone wishing to support students with scholarship assistance can do so with a tax deductible donation to the OFA Foundation on behalf of the Forestry Camp. Contact Gayla at OFA for information on sponsoring.
  • WRI Global Timber and Wood Products Update. Here is a link to a WRI news brief on Global Timber and Wood Products. The report briefly states that Chinese demand for lumber and logs declined in the first quarter of 2012 due to a slow down in housing. However, the good news is that North American log and lumber exporters have increased market share relative particularly to Russia and New Zealand.

  • Farm Bill Biobased Markets Program. OFA weighed in with Ohio’s Senator Bob Portman and Sherrod Brown asking for their support of S. 2346, The Forest Products Fairness Act. The Biobased Markets Program was created in the 2002 Farm Bill to encourage use of American grown "biobased” products. However, the USDA has not included forest products in the program as it considers forest products part of "mature markets.” Currently, forest products do not have a purchase preference among USDA programs. That would change if S. 2346 passes. You can read more about the bill here in a one-page summary provided by the American Forest Foundation.
  • SBA Workshop Schedule. Alex Kohls from the Small Business Administration (SBA) sent OFA a schedule of workshops and events hosted by SBA. Workshops deal with exporting and international trade. Note at the end of the attachment is information on the Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program. This program, hosted by Ohio and the US SBA, provides up to 50% financial reimbursement to Ohio companies to offset the cost of export related activities such as international trade show participation, export education programs, marketing and translation services, etc. Appalachian companies are eligible for up to 85% financial reimbursement. The attachment has contact information for anyone interested in knowing more about the program.
  • WERC Update. You can see the latest Wood Education and Research Update on-line. The update contains information on upcoming training sessions and archived webinars on a host of wood product manufacturing and other forestry-related subjects. The report also contains other items of interest including an Update on the Housing Market by Urs Buehlmann from the Virginia Tech Department of Wood Science and Forest Products and Delton Alderman from the USDA Forest Sciences Lab, and an Update on Wood Markets by Dan Deckard from the Minnesota DNR.
  • Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Update. Here is a link to the latest information on ALB activities in Ohio and 3 other states where eradication activities are taking place. It is interesting to note that in two states, New York and New Jersey, crews are monitoring to declare the states have eradicated the ALB. It took 14 years of eradication tree removals in New York (18,467 trees removed), and 9 yeas of eradication removals in New Jersey (21,981 trees removed) before it appeared eradication activities were successful.
  • Southern Ohio Forestland Association (SOFA) May Newsletter. Here is the most recent newsletter from SOFA. It contains information on the most recent meeting at the John and Sue Hilger Tree Farm, invasive species including Asian Longhorned Beetle, Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut, and Gypsy Moth, the Vinton Furnace Day in the Woods on April 14, American Indian Trail Marker Trees, upcoming meeting schedule, hunt lease liability insurance, boundary marking tree paint, the coyote and deer, and hunting wild mushrooms.
  • Hank Peters Passes Away. It was reported last week that Henry "Hank” Peters, creator of the Hank Peters Lumberjack Show and long-time participant in the Paul Bunyan Show passed away in Cincinnati at 96 years of age. You can read a brief obituary on Hank in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

  • Paul Bunyan Show Exhibit Contracts on the way. The Paul Bunyan Show exhibitor material will be mailed this week. All of the forms can be downloaded from the exhibitor page on the OFA website and on-line registration will be live by the end of this week.

This is an advertisement from Ohio Forestry Association. If you'd rather not receive information of this kind from us, please forward this e-mail to OFARemove@Offinger.comor mail your removal request to: Ohio Forestry Association, 1100-H Brandywine Blvd, Zanesville OH USA 43701-7303. You also may fax your removal request to 614-497-9581, or request removal by calling 888-38-TREES.

Ohio Forestry Association is managed by Offinger Management Company, a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), "Charter-Accredited" Association Management Company member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a member of the Association Management Company Institute (AMC Institute).

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