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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Thursday, September 20, 2018
Paul Bunyan Show Time
October 5-7 – It’s that time of year again! The Paul Bunyan Show is right around the corner, and it looks like the event will be bigger and better than ever, as it continues to grow in size and popularity. It will be held for the 13th straight year at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds, just east of Cambridge, Ohio in the village of Old Washington. For details and information visit the OFA Website

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. The past two week’s newsletters contain interesting articles about a new Wood-Metal Hybrid Foam that can be used for lightweight construction, and how hurricanes are affecting the price of plywood. See the complete newsletters here and here.

Ohio BWC Monthly Seminars
The following is from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation concerning their monthly employer webinars.

Please join us for the September webinar. This month we'll cover the new electronic notification options and online invoices, Policy Activity Rebate (PAR) Program, the latest on premium rate decreases and new safety grants, employer program updates and our monthly safety tip.
The webinar lasts approximately 20 minutes. You can watch 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 opportunity to meet with a BWC representative.
Follow the link below if you wish to attend the webinar but not visit a service office.
11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 27
Click here to register to visit your local service office and view the webinar with BWC staff.
When registering, please provide your name, title, policy number (or company name), phone number and email address.
We’ll record this webinar and make it available for future viewing here.
Note: In the Columbus area, the on-site option will be at our BWC OCOSH location, 13430 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, Ohio.

News Releases From Wayne National Forest
Prescribed Fire Brings Life to the Wayne National Forest, and Wayne National Forest Offers Forest Plan Revision Working Groups – The Wayne National Forest has recently sent out news releases covering the prescribed burn schedule for areas in Lawrence County, and an invitation for the public to sign up for working groups to help compile information and input on the assessment phase of the Forest Plan revision process. The 2 news releases can be read here.

From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the October 2018 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the continuing saga of log and lumber exports to China.

Jul export statistics brought some unexpected hope in better-than-expected lumber volumes and increased log exports to China. That doesn’t mean a quick rebound is imminent, but it confirms that Chinese demand is still strong despite its internal economic struggles. The next round of anticipated tariffs—which includes wood products—is just two weeks away, and could throw off any recovery yet this year. However, lumber buyers and sellers have been negotiating terms for splitting the tariffs, and market prices seem to have already factored in the added costs, so the worst impacts on trade volumes may have already occurred.

Domestic U.S. markets remain strong compared to recent years, but will begin to unwind seasonally. Lowgrade markets have thus far absorbed the additional production that has resulted from slower grade lumber exports, with prices still climbing. However, with many flooring plants sitting on lumber inventories that aren’t far off their pre-winter goals, and sawmills still running on all cylinders, supplies could begin to overwhelm unless China somehow relents and returns for its traditional fall buying binge. That’s less likely with China now threatening to bail on trade talks if new tariffs are imposed, but pressure from falling Asian markets may prove stronger than pride. Trump’s tease of 10% tariffs instead of 25% may also help.

MRWIG Field Day September 29th!
The Muskingum River Woodland Interest Group (MRWIG) will be having its 2nd Annual Forestry Field Day Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Wolf Run Farm in Coshocton County. The day-long event that will highlight sustainable timber harvests, pollinator habitat, and constructed wetlands, as well as several talks covering property tax reduction programs, Federal cost assistance, and chainsaw safety. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of The Real McCoy BBQ. See the Flyer, and the Registration Form for additional info.

Knox County Forestry & Wildlife Field Day
September 22 – The Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District will be hosting a Forestry and Wildlife Field Day from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Friday, September 22, 2018, at the Knox County Fairgrounds in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The day includes several topic sessions including a Woodland Bird Walk, Timber Stand Improvement, Wildlife Habitat Management, and more. See the flyer for complete details.

What are riparian buffer strips?
Check out the following link for a good, short article explaining riparian buffer strips and their importance in stream protection.The article was recently published in the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter. 

Holden Arboretum Hosting “Keep Your Woods Working” Workshop
Saturday, September 29, 2018 is the date of a workshop at the Holden Arboretum entitled:  KEEP YOUR WOODS WORKING: MANAGING YOUR WOODLAND FOR FOREST HEALTH AND TIMBER IN THE 21ST CENTURY. The workshop is being sponsored by the Ohio Division of Forestry and the Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District. The cost is $10, and a box lunch will be provided. See complete details in the flyer.

Ohio Valley Lumber Drying Association Holding Joint Fall Meeting
November 1-2 - The Ohio Valley Lumber Drying Association is having a meeting in Ohio in partnership with the Allegheny, Keystone, and Great Lakes drying groups. The east central Ohio area will be hosting the meeting, specifically at the Wallhouse Hotel in Walnut Creek. There will be several good speakers at the event, as well as tours of local wood products businesses. See the OVLDA Flyer for complete details.

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA) Treatment Workshop At Canters Cave
The Hocking Hills Conservation Association is hosting an HWA treatment workshop on November 14th at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp. This workshop will be geared towards people who may be interested in treating hemlocks in the future for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and have applied for SAF, ISA, and Ohio pesticide license CEU’s. See the HWA Treatment Flyer for complete details.

East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter
Here is the East Central Ohio Forestry Association October 2018 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, as well as a schedule of upcoming events.

ODA Announces Success Against Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) in Clermont County
The Ohio Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced that Monroe Township in Clermont County is free from the invasive Asian longhorned beetle. This follows the eradication of ALB from Stonelick and Batavia townships in March. Read the details of this announcement as published in the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter.

Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter
Here is the September 2018 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains a wrap-up of their July 18 pot-luck picnic at the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center, and information on their upcoming chainsaw maintenance demonstrations.

Single Rope Work Positioning Class
Endors Arborist and Rope Supply wil be hosting a single rope work positioning class on October 5, 2018 at their location in Canton. See complete details here.

Upcoming Events:

  • Forestry & Wildlife Field Day – Mt. Vernon, Ohio – September 22, 9:00 AM – Knox County Fairgrounds
  • NWOLC Meeting – Tuesday, October 2 - 6:00 PM
  • Paul Bunyan Show – October 5-7, Guernsey County Fairgrounds
  • PVLC Meeting – Monday, October 8 – 7:00 PM – Bainbridge
  • NWOLC Meeting – Tuesday, October 9 - 6:00 PM
  • SEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, October 10 - 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • A Day In The Woods – Fall Treasures in Your Woodland – October 12, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, McArthur, Ohio
  • 8-Hour Custom CSAW Class – Saturday, October 13, Sherrodsville
  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, October 18 - 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio

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