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Posted By Denise Foster, Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Ohio Forestry Association


 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 a few good articles on CLT and other wooden structure buildings.  See the complete newsletter.

New OFA Member Benefit – AutoPlus
Expertise at Every Turn

OFA has recently added AutoPlus to its lineup of member benefits. AutoPlus is offering deep discounts to OFA members on all parts, including: WIX Filters (55% off blue book, up to 80% off retail,) NGK plugs, Gates hoses, belts, thermostats and hydraulics, Tenneco/Federal Mogul Products (Wagner, MOOG, ANCO, Monroe, Walker, Champion plugs etc.) Champion and Bosch batteries, National seals, etc. All the parts that you would find in a typical Auto Parts Store…Plus so much more: Cole Hersey, Berkebile Oil Products, Heavy Duty; And Small Engine… Small Engine is part of their DNA.

The AutoPlus OFA Welcome explains how to set up a direct billing account to begin getting great savings, and has a list of local stores. Also see the the Credit Application and Contact Consent forms.

If you are not interested in setting up an account, but would like to take advantage of these savings by making purchases with Cash or Credit Card, you can use the OFA Master Account Number when making purchases. Account #: 062533406

Dovetail Partners August “The Outlook” Newsletter

The August issue of Dovetail Partners “The Outlook” newsletter has an article on water consumption issues titled “Bathing and the Environment”. See the newsletter for these and other interesting articles.  "The Outlook" is the monthly e-newsletter of Dovetail Partners, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit corporation


The WORK SAFE article, reprinted from the July 2019 edition of the Northern Logger and Timber Processor magazine, gives example of fatalities and injuries that happened at job sites and on the road, that could easily have been avoided. Use these examples to keep yourself, your coworkers, and your employees safe, so that everyone can go home to their families at the end of the day in the same condition that they left in the morning.

Muskingum River Woodlands Interest Group
(MRWIG) Newsletter

 MRWIG has distributed their July/August 2019 newsletter. Read the Newsletter to see their upcoming schedule and other news, which includes an Part 2 of their “Select Cut” series, and information on their October 26th Field Day and Pot Luck Dinner at Blue Rock State Forest.

Positive Examples Needed for Trucking
“Hours of Service” Change Proposal

In the last edition of the Timber Talk, I included an article on the proposal by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to change the “ Hours of Service” regulations. The two areas that benefit the wood industry the most is the short-haul exception being increased from 12 to 14 hours, and the air-mile radius being increased from 100 to 150 miles. The Forest Resource Association (FRA), of which OFA is a member, will be sending comments to the FMCSA in support of this proposal. If you have examples of how these proposed regulation changes will benefit your company or business, please contact Tim O’Hara at To see last week’s Timber Talk article on this topic, click the following link. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Publishes Hours of Service Proposal to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for Commercial Drivers

Issues & Advocacy Update – Waters of the U.S.

On Aug. 21st, the US District Court of Southern Georgia issued a ruling, finding that the Obama-era 2015 definitional rule on the “waters of the US” (WOTUS) failed to adhere to the procedures of the Administrative Procedure Act.  The Court held that the 2015 WOTUS rule extended the Agencies’ authority beyond the limits of the Clean Water Act.  The Court’s Preliminary Injunction will remain in place pending the outcome of the current Administration’s proceedings regarding the WOTUS rule. Read the entire ruling

We Can Use Our Trees and Enjoy Them, Too

This is the title of a very good educational video by former Greenpeace leader, Patrick Moore, explaining the value of growing and USING trees, that harvesting and using trees leads to reforestation not deforestation. Watch the video. When this link opens, you may need to wait 5 seconds or so, then click on the “Skip Ads” button in the bottom right hand corner.

Another interesting video is listening to Patrick Moore tell the story of why he left Greenpeace, the radical environmental organization that he help start. Watch and listen to that message.

Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

  • SVLC Meeting – Thursday, August 29 -  5:30 PM – Bergholz, Ohio
  • PVLC Meeting – Monday, September 9 – 7:00 PM – Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting – Tuesday, September 10 -  7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
  • Lumbermens Outing – Wednesday, September 11 – 9:00 AM – Orrville and Millersburg, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – Wednesday, September 11 - 7:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • NEOLC Meeting - Wednesday, September 11 - 6:00 PM – Middlefield, Ohio

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