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Posted By Denise Foster, Friday, February 7, 2020

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 interesting article on 5 truths companies should consider when using US forests as a natural climate solution.  See the complete newsletter


REMINDER: Items Needed for
Tree Farm Silent Auction at OFA Annual Meeting

Each year at the OFA Annual Meeting the Ohio Tree Farm Committee holds a Silent Auction to raise funds to assist with their program activities, such as the Tree Farm of the Year Tour. The committee is in need of and accepting auction item donations for this year’s Silent Auction. Forestry and Wildlife based items seem to be perennial favorites, such as; specialty wood products, woodland tools (tree marking paint, chaps, bar oil, etc.) bird feeders, tree & wildlife ID books, etc. Your donated items can be brought to the OFA Annual Meeting, dropped off or shipped to the Ohio Forestry Association office at 507 Main Street, Suite 200, Zanesville, Ohio 43701, or you can make arrangements to get it to a Tree Farm Committee member near you.



#forestproud Update

Forestproud has released their January 2020 Newsletter. This edition highlights some new #forestproud member companies, while also reviewing their year-end metrics. Read about these achievements and other activities.



Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
March 31, 2020 Deadline

The following is from the desk of Randy Monhemius, Business Program Specialist, USDA, Rural Development

Rural Development is accepting applications for the Rural Energy For America Program.  The next application deadline is March 31, 2020. This application deadline is for projects which request $20,000 or less and for projects which request up to $500,000.

In brief, this program is designed to assist rural, small, for-profit businesses and agricultural producers install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements to their operations. These types of improvements can help eligible applicants control energy costs and improve the overall profitability of their operations. The grant program can cover up to 25% of the eligible project costs while the loan guarantee can cover up to 75% of the eligible project costs.  Federal participation cannot exceed 75% of eligible project costs.

Grants can range from $1,500 to $500,000 with loan guarantees up to $25,000,000.

Examples of the assistance provided in previous years include:

  • A grant for $49,950 to assist a North Central Ohio waste treatment and disposal business install a 124.74kW roof mounted solar array which offsets 90% of the company’s annual electrical usage. The expected annual electrical cost savings for the company will exceed $15,000.
  • A grant for $19,285 to assist a Northwestern Ohio manufacturing company replace outdated and inefficient florescent light fixtures within their manufacturing facility with state-of-the-art LED light fixtures and controls. The anticipated kWh saved will exceed 75% while the estimated financial payback will be less than 4 years based upon the energy savings alone.
  • A grant for $15,250 to assist a farmer in Western Ohio replace an outdated and inefficient grain dryer. The expected energy savings will provide a return on this investment of less than 10 years.

As shown above, this program has helped farmers replace grain dryers; fans and lights for livestock operations; and install solar PV arrays to help offset electrical consumption. Small businesses have benefited through high efficiency lighting; improvements to HVAC systems; and the installation of a renewable energy system to help offset electrical consumption.  

Additional information can be found at: Rural Energy for America Program.

Should you be interested in discussing a specific project or in receiving an application for your project, please contact one of the persons listed below:

Jennifer Brown                 Jennifer.Brown@usda.gov      614-255-2423
Randy Monhemius           Randy.Monhemius@usda.gov      614-255-2424


Randel Monhemius, Business Program Specialist
USDA, Rural Development
200 North High St., Room 507
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone 614-255-2424
Fax 614-255-2562
Randy.Monhemius@oh.usda.gov
www.rd.usda.gov “Committed to the future of rural communities”


Sustainable Urban Forestry Trailblazers Praised

Here in Ohio we are quite familiar with Tree City USA designations. In fact, Ohio has led the Tree City USA program in the number of cities designated as Tree Cities, for the past 38 years. Now, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation recently announced the first cities to be recognized under a new program, the Tree Cities of the World program, designed to help create more resilient and sustainable cities. Read about this new program and the cities around the world that have been recognized.


Boulder CO, (FAO)


February CareWorks Comp Newsletter

Read the CareWorks Comp February Newsletter. This month's newsletter includes information on the Ohio BWC Annual Safety Congress and Expo, safety and claims management information and the BWC Better You, Better Ohio health and wellness program


Rural Action Rambler

The latest edition of the Rural Action Rambler Newsletter has an article on a book promoting sustainable forest farming. It specifically addresses at-risk forest herbs such as: ramps, goldenseal, bloodroot, black cohosh, and American ginseng. See this article and much more in their newsletter.



Workers Comp Employer Webinar

The following information on November employer Workers Comp seminars is from the office of the Bureau or Workers Compensation.

Please join us for the February employer update webinar. This month, we'll discuss the role of the Industrial Commission, the $15,000 Medical Only program, one-time forgiveness, e-news, important dates, and our monthly safety tip.

The webinar will last about 20 minutes. You can view the webinar from the comfort of your office or attend in person at one of BWC’s service offices. By attending in person, you'll have the chance to meet with one of our representatives.

Here are the dates of the next webinars.
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11
11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27

Click here to register if you plan to visit your local service office to view the webinar with BWC staff.

When registering to attend in person, please provide your name, title, policy number (or company name), phone number, and email address.

We’ll record the webinar and make it available for future viewing here.

Note: In the Columbus area, the on-site option will be at the Ohio Center for Occupational Safety and Health (OCOSH), 13430 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, OH.



Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

  • NEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, February 12 – 5:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – Wednesday, February 12 – 6:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, February 20 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio
  • LSC Meeting – Wednesday, March 4 – 3:30 PM - University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • 2020 OFA Annual Meeting – March 4-5 – University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Executive Committee Meeting – Friday, March 6 – 8:00 AM - University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Board of Trustees Meeting – Friday, March 6 – 10:00 AM - University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • Best Management Practices (BMP’s) Training – 8-Hour – Thursday, March 19 – 8:00 AM – Fernwood State Forest – Bloomingdale, Ohio
  • CSAW Level 1 Training for Professional Loggers – 8-Hour – Friday, March 20 – 8:00 AM – Fernwood State Forest – Bloomingdale, Ohio

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