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Posted By Denise Foster, Wednesday, May 13, 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 about a town printing wooden money, for the first time since the 1930’s era depression.  See the complete newsletter.

Zanesville, Home of the OFA Office,
Awarded “Tree City USA”

The following is from a Y-City News article on April 30, 2020. The picture was taken by their staff, right across the street from the OFA office.

The City of Zanesville is being recognized once again for its commitment to the environment as a recipient of the Tree City USA award.

For over 22 years the city has received the accreditation from the Arbor Day Foundation, which is sponsored in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“The trees being planted and cared for by Zanesville are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life,” said Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe. “Participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

The city achieved the recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements which include having a tree care ordinance and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, and energy use,” said Lambre.

Over 3,600 cities across the country were recognized working towards a collective goal of planting 100 million trees.


Y-City News Staff Picture

Real Results – Real Savings

The Ohio Forestry Association endorses CareWorks Comp because they help employers maximize their premium savings. CareWorks Comp analyzes each employer’s unique claim and premium history to find the highest level of savings in all available workers’ compensation programs. Besides the great savings and assistance you will get from CareWorks, by joining one of their OFA endorsed programs, you will also be supporting the Ohio Forestry Association. Read the details about these savings programs for Workers Comp, and how to join, in the flyer.

Passing of a Forester – Chris Fry,
OFA Member and Former Westvaco, MeadWestvaco,
Glatfelter Forester Loses Battle With Cancer

With much sadness, we report that our dear friend Chris Fry passed away on May 6, 2020 after battling  cancer. Chris started out in forestry working for Westvaco in Wickliffe, Kentucky, then the company merged with Mead Paper calling it MeadWestvaco.  He then ran the woodyard in Maceo, Ky. for a few years before transferring to Chillicothe, Ohio working for Glatfelter Paper Co. as a Procurement forester. Chris left Glatfelter in 2017 to work for Pennline Utility Co  and also started his new business as a consultant forester under the name of Forest Riverview Management. Chris had many hobbies that include fly fishing, bee keeping, collecting Civil War memorabilia and hunting arrow heads. You can read his on line obituary.


An artificial 'Tongue' of Gold to Taste Maple Syrup

Scientists at Universite de Montreal have developed an artificial tongue, using gold nanoparticles, to quickly determine how maple syrup tastes. Read about this interesting development in the article that was published May 7 in the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter.

Photo by Paul VanDerWerf via Flickr

Wayne National Forest to Open Trails

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (May 8, 2020) Press Release – The Wayne National Forest will open trails to designated off-highway vehicle (OHV), horse, and mountain bike use on May 15. Wayne National Forest staff, partners, and volunteers have been working hard to prepare trails for reopening.

“Thanks to the efforts of our employees, partners, and volunteers, we are preparing to reopen our designated trails on May 15,” said Forest Supervisor Carrie Gilbert. “We are happy these riding trails will soon be available again for public use and enjoyment. While we understand that some visitors may be excited to return to their favorite outdoor recreation activities, we urge them to ride responsibly and follow state and federal guidelines on social distancing and staying safe.”  
All trails are currently open for hiking use only. Campgrounds, group picnic shelters, and swimming areas will remain closed. While dispersed camping is allowed, camping at or within 200 yards of trailheads or other developed recreation sites is not allowed. Boat ramps remain open and fishing is allowed.

Vault toilets will remain closed. Portable toilets and trash service will be provided at some recreation sites and trailheads to maintain sanitary conditions for visitors and employees who maintain these sites.

At this time, trail passes will only be available from local vendors beginning May 12. Authorized vendors are listed here. Trail passes are $35 for season passes and $20 for 3-day passes. OHV riders should contact vendors in advance to learn their hours of operation. Passes are currently not available online or at Wayne National Forest offices.

Please remember to avoid congregating at trailheads and/or parking areas and refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10 people.

The Wayne National Forest continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Please remember to review current recommendations from along with local and state guidelines for social distancing and cloth face coverings.

For information on the projected recreation site opening dates by District and location, please visit the website, call your local Ranger Station, follow the Wayne National Forest on Facebook @WayneNationalForest, or on Twitter @WayneNationalFS.

#forestproud Update

Forestproud has released their April 2020 Newsletter. It discusses content production, social listening data, and introduces a few new Block & Tackle short videos. Read about these activities and much more in the newsletter.

Lockout/Tagout Webinar

The Ohio BWC is hosting a Lockout/Tagout webinar on Thursday, May 14 (1:30 to 2:30 pm). The webinar will examine best practices surrounding the control of hazardous energy and how those best practices may apply to your workplace.
This webinar will be instructed by Brian Zachetti, CSP, a safety consultant specialist in BWC’s Youngstown Service Office.
Additional information, including registration instructions, can be found in this flyer.

For more information or assistance when registering, contact BWC’s Kaylee Blevings at

The Essential Nature of Forest Management
During the Pandemic

An opinion piece in an Oregon newspaper does a good job of pointing out the importance of continuing forest products operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article could apply to any state in the country that produces forest products. Read this good opinion piece.

May CareWorks Comp Newsletter

Read the CareWorks Comp May Newsletter. This month's newsletter includes information on COVID-19 and its effects on unemployment, workers comp claims, the $1.6 Billion Dividend, and other BWC policy changes. This is good information for all employers.

A Look Back in History –
America’s Forgotten Cork Crisis

During WWII cork was used for a lot of things, most notably for insulation and sealants. Since a large percentage of America’s cork supply was imported, the supply chain for this uniquely valuable natural substance was getting disrupted. To combat a wartime cork supply crisis, industry heads and government convinced Americans it was their duty to plant and nurture trees. Read about this forgotten time in history in this informative article.

Photo Credit: Carlos Caetano/Shutterstock

What Are The Best Trees to Reduce Air Pollution?

We all know that the shade from trees can help cool down urban environments, but trees can also help reduce air pollution in these areas. This article delves into studies showing which species of trees work best to filter out different types of air pollution. Some of the best trees may surprise you, as they aren’t what we typically think of as “street” trees.

Air pollution in Beijing regularly exceeds 10 times the WHO recommended levels, but tree-planting
schemes are being deployed in an attempt to cut pollution (Credit: Getty Images)

Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

In light of the Coronavirus COVID-19 concerns, OFA has cancelled all group activities in May, including CSAW Training classes, and is encouraging all the Loggers Chapters to do likewise. Watch this area for updates when it is socially and healthfully responsible to start rescheduling these types of activities.

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