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Posted By Denise Foster, Monday, June 24, 2019


OFA Summer Outing

The OFA Summer Outing is just a little over 3 weeks away. The event will kick off on Wednesday,  July 17 with a leisurely cruise and reception onboard the Valley Gem Sternwheeler. Visit with your fellow timber industry professionals while enjoying appetizers, cocktails and beautiful scenery. Then stick around on Thursday and spend the day playing golf at Lakeside Golf Course in Beverly or shooting sporting clays at Hilltop Sports in Whipple. The evening wraps up with a steak dinner and awards banquet at Lakeside. We hope to see you there. Don’t delay, register today!

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 on the need for restoring White Oak trees. See the complete newsletter.                            

Ohio’s Tree Farm of the Year Tour

Make plans for a trip to NE Ohio this fall to visit Snowy Oak Tree Farm in Ashtabula County. The Paul and Joanne Mechling family are welcoming the public to their 365 acre Certified Tree Farm on September 21, 2019, to explore this unique property. There will be lots of presentations/displays/exhibitors, as well as 8 miles of trails to explore for the adventurous. See the flyer for complete details on location, travel directions, schedule of events and more.

Ohio Christmas Tree Association (OCTA) Summer Meeting – June 28-29

This year’s OCTA summer meeting will be at the Piney Paradise Christmas Tree Farm in Huron County. This year’s meeting will include  presentations that will  feature soil pits and drainage options, insects and diseases, discussions of  young labor, shearing methods  and hosting craft sessions at your farm. There will also be events for youngsters, so bring along your children and/or grand-children. For complete details, see the article from the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter

Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers (AHMI)
Summer Conference - July 28-30

AHMI will be holding its 2019 Summer Conference at he Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV, on July 28-30. The four main topics being covered at this year’s conference are: Scanning for Lumber Grade; Log Grading Rules Implementation; White Oak Initiative; and Appalachian Poplar CLT Building. WV Governor, Jim Justice, has also been invited to speak at the conference. Click here for complete details and registration information. 

Woodland Tree & Shrub ID Hike
Fairfield County
July 20

ODNR Forester, Jason VanHouten, will be leading a hike at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park in Fairfield County to help people learn to identify tree and shrub species. The event will be on Saturday morning, July 20, 2019 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM. This is a free event and all participants will receive a free tree identification guide. This event is limited to the first 40 people to RSVP, so see the brochure for RSVP info and directions to Chestnut Ridge.

Appalachian Region Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) 2019 Conference
July 24-25, 2019
Cambridge, Ohio

ARRI will be holding its 2019 conference at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center in Cambridge, Ohio. The title for this year’s conference is: Restoring Productive Forests on Mine Lands in Ohio. Day one will feature presentations by experts in the science, policy, and implementation of reforestation on active mining sites, abandoned mine lands, and previously reclaimed land. Day two will include site visits to several projects in Ohio at various stages of the Forestry Reclamation Approach. For complete details and registration information, see the flyer or visit their website.

Managing Your Woodlands – Licking County Field Day

This is a reminder that the Ohio Division of Forestry, in partnership with the Licking County Auditor’s office, the Ohio Forestry Association, the Ohio Division of Wildlife, and a Consulting Forester is holding a forestry field day at the Swinehart Family property near Newark, Ohio on Friday, June 28, 2019. Topics will include: 

  • Long-term environmental and financial success of various forest management practices
  • How Trees Grow
  • Property Tax Reduction Programs
  • Improving the Quality and Growth of your Trees
  • Selling Timber
  • Economics of Forestry 

This is a free workshop, but registration is required as space is limited to 35 participants. See the flyer for registration info and more details.


The WORK SAFE article, reprinted from the June 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.

Upcoming Events

For Details on These and Other Events

  • PVLC Meeting - July 8 - 7:00 PM - Bainbridge, Ohio 
  • SOLC Meeting - July 9 - 7:00 PM - Lucasville, Ohio
  • ECOLC Meeting - July 15, 7:00 PM
  • Project Learning Tree-Ohio Facilitator Leadership Training - July 16-17 - Canton, Ohio
  • 2019 OFA Summer Outing - July 17 - Marietta, Ohio
  • SVLC Meeting - July 18 - 5:30 PM Bergholz, Ohio

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