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Posted By Denise Foster, Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Forest Markets Weekly Newsletters
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 from Penn State Extension on deciding when to harvest your timber.              

East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter
The East Central Ohio Forestry Association February 2019 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, which was highlighted by a presentation from Tom Macy on “Ohio Forest Health Concerns—Insects and Diseases”, as well as a schedule of upcoming events.

Got Beech Logs? – Someone Wants Them – And They Are Paying A Good Price!
Smart Wood Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of food grade wooden sticks (think popsicle sticks or ice cream spoons), is looking for Beech logs for their Corbin, KY plant.  They are currently paying $0.80/bd ft. Here is a PDF presentation about their company, with their Wood Specs on Page 9. Contact Patricia Philpot or by phone at: 606-656-1091. See their company website for more information.

Cincinnati Parks’ “Trees In Trouble” Film Wins First Prize
As part of the First World Forum on Urban Forestry, a documentary film about the efforts of Cincinnati Parks to cope with the Emerald Ash Borer crises won first prize at the First International Film Festival of the Urban Forest. This documentary also explores the history of urban forestry in the U.S. Did you know that Cincinnati hosted the United States’ first Urban Forestry Congress in 1882? Learn more about this award and documentary

How To Build A Skyscraper Out Of Wood
An architectural firm in Chicago is researching the possibilities of building an 800 ft tall skyscraper, almost entirely out of wood, in a downtown Chicago neighborhood. This proposed project is still in the conceptual stage, but you can read about some of the issues and innovations they have encountered in their study in the article

From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the February 2019 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the continuing drama of the U.S.- China tariff situation, the overall export markets, and the continuing lumber/log shortages.

The second surge in Chinese buying activity to beat an anticipated tariff rate hike will be winding up this week, with the threat of a Mar 1 tariff increase to 25% still looming despite reported progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations. That surge likely pared down a good bit of the excess inventory that had built since the Oct surge, especially with shipments to Canada, Vietnam and Mexico also remaining elevated. Sloppy weather and log shortages will continue to support stable lumber pricing until domestic demand turns up seasonally in Mar and the China situation finds a more permanent resolution. For at least the next several months, green lumber availability will feel tight and KD inventories will remain manageable.

Many secondary hardwood sectors are anticipating somewhat slower growth in 2019—including wood components, cabinets and furniture—as the pace of existing and new home sales growth slows in parallel with higher mortgage rates and slightly slower U.S. economic growth. And, despite broad tariffs and punitive  antidumping measures, imported products will continue to chip away at demand typically filled by solid hardwood products. Hardwood lumber sales volumes and prices likely won’t return in 2019 to 2017’s peaks, but both will trend unevenly higher throughout the year, and it will be a better year than many expect.

Kentucky Forest Industry Association (KFIA) January 2019 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 January newsletter.  Thanks to former OFA president, Rob McCarthy for forwarding us this information.

Upcoming Events:

  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, January 24 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield Fire Station – Chainsaw Recertification and Officer Elections
  • SVLC Meeting – Thursday, January 24 – 5:30 PM – Denoon Lumber - Bergholz, Ohio
  • SEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, February 13 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – Wednesday, February 13 – 7:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • NEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, February 13 – 5:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio

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