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Posted By Denise Foster, Monday, November 19, 2018

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 a very interesting article video from #Forest Proud titled Reimagine. Rethink. Reconnect. Rising to the Challenge, that I suggest everyone watch.       

Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter 
The November 2018 edition of the NEOFA newsletter contains a wrap-up of their October meeting’s, “Why’s of Tree Planting” panel presentation, and information on their upcoming meeting topic; Preserving, acquiring, disassembling, moving, and rebuilding old barns.

East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter 
The East Central Ohio Forestry Association December 2018 Newsletter, as always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, which was highlighted by a presentation from Sara Fitzsimmons entitled “Restoration of the American Chestnut”, as well as a schedule of upcoming events.

Are Millennials Saving The Christmas Tree Industry?
It appears that more environmentally aware millennials may lead the growth of more real Christmas Trees being used in the future. Read a report published in the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter about the current trends in Christmas Tree use and pricing at the following link.

Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA) November 2018 e-Newsletter
For those of you on Ohio’s eastern border, you may be interested in some of the information in the PFA November 2018 e-newsletter. This edition announces the merger of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association and the Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association, and other interesting topics as well.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Celebrates 25 Years
The following is from the November 13th TOPLINE newsletter from AF&PA.
CEOs and senior executives from member companies met in Dallas, TX for AF&PA’s 25th annual Presidents Forum. During the anniversary celebration, members heard from keynote speaker Todd Buchholz -- noted economist, author and Harvard professor who identified key indicators of economic change. Other speakers provided short, thought-provoking addresses on transportation, the circular economy and trade. During the two day event, members took advantage of unparalleled opportunities to network and reflected on BIG accomplishments, considered BIG ideas for the year ahead and enjoyed a BIG celebration. AF&PA President & CEO, Donna Harman, reflected on the association’s milestone moments and accomplishments during the State of the Association address. AF&PA presented its 2018 Sustainability awards to five member companies and elected new board members at the board meeting. (Elizabeth Vandersarl, 202-463-2748; Gill Hunt, 202-463-2599)

From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the December 2018 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses wet weather affecting inventories, and the looming Jan.1 tariff issues.
Exports tumbled in Sep—at the pace we initially expected in Jul and Aug. Still, markets have not been hit as hard as they might have been if not for the wet summer and fall holding down log availability and preventing overproduction. Many areas of the East are having their wettest year on record, and it is among the three wettest years for much of the rest ( As such, even with domestic demand winding down seasonally and exports lagging, inventory levels are manageable and pricing for all species but Cherry seems relatively stable. The Oaks are actually showing potential for slight recovery, but low-grade markets will continue to generate the most excitement through the winter.

We are days away from the deadline to get containers shipped to China for arrival before the potential Jan 1 tariff increase, and the deadline for shipping prior to the New Year’s blackout should fall around Dec 14. But, with buyers awaiting some clarity on tariff rates, the pre-holiday rush will feel subdued. If Presidents Trump and Xi can each find ways to declare partial victories in trade negotiations to-date, we are hopeful their G20 meeting will result in a stay of the Jan tariff rate increases, which would bode well for a stronger spring recovery.

Pallet Enterprise Classifieds
Here is a recent offering of classified ads from Pallet Enterprise. These classifieds consist of machinery, lumber, job openings, etc.  

Kentucky Forest Industry Association (KFIA) November 2018 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 November newsletter. Thanks to former OFA president, Rob McCarthy for forwarding us this information.

Upcoming Events:

  • SEOLC Meeting - Wednesday, Dec. 12 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • NEOLC Meeting - Wednesday, Dec. 12 – 5:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting - Thursday, Dec. 20 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio

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