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Posted By Denise Foster, Monday, January 14, 2019

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 Renewable Fuel Standards for 2019.

Woman Turns 110-Year-Old Dead Tree Into Free Little Library
Most of you have probably seen a “free little library” in a local neighborhood, where you can take a book and leave a book to share reading experiences for free. A lady in Idaho decided to turn the stump of a 110-year old cottonwood tree into one of these free little libraries. Check out the story and pictures of this truly unique library in the article from Boredpanda.

Nominations Still Needed of OFA Conservation Awards
At the OFA Annual Meeting on March 7, 2019, we will once again be honoring those individuals that have stood out from the pack in their respective areas of expertise by presenting them with one of OFA’s Conservation Awards. We are still requesting nominations for the following awards:

  • Outstanding Individual in Government Service
  • Outstanding Individual in Conservation Education
  • Outstanding Logger Activist
  • Ohio Forestry Hall of Fame

If you know someone deserving of any of these awards, please contact us at the OFA office, or go online and fill out a nomination form.

Trump Executive Order On Forest Management
On December 21, 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Promoting Active Management of America’s Forests, Rangelands, and Other Federal Lands To Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risk”. The main purpose of this Executive Order is to reduce catastrophic wildfire risks by actively managing the nation’s forests currently in U.S. Forest Service or Department of the Interior holdings. This Executive Order was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2019. 

Ohio Maple Days Programs In January
Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science will be holding an educational event for maple syrup enthusiasts on 3 different days at 3 different locations in January. The dates are January 17, 18, and 19, in Fulton, Fredericksburg, and Middlefield. Get all the details and registration information in the article published in the Morning Ag Clips newsletter

Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter
The NEOFA newsletter highlights their upcoming meeting on January 17, 2019, which will be a panel discussion on ticks and Lyme disease. Some of the panel members have first hand experience with the effects of Lyme disease, so it should be very informative.

Knox County Park District 2019 January/February Newsletter
The Knox County Park District offers many outdoor educational events, as well as maintaining a great selection of parks and hiking/biking trails in the county. Read their 2018 Year in Review Newsletter, which highlights many of the good things happening in this central Ohio county.

Honey Run Park Falls picture by Brad Perkins

Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in December. New Members, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or anyone else at OFA to let us know if we are meeting your needs and expectations.


  • Benjamin Boyd of Massillon, Ohio
  • Steve Boyer of Wooster, Ohio

Due to Partial Government Shutdown, The Wayne National Forest Will Extend Comment Period on Sunny Oaks Project
The following is from the office of the Wayne National Forest in Nelsonville, Ohio. 

Due to lapse in federal funding which caused a partial government shutdown, The Wayne National Forest will be extending the deadline for public feedback on The Sunny Oaks Project on the Ironton Ranger District in southeast Ohio.  

The project is located east of State Route (SR) 93, west of SR 141, north of the community of Aid and south of the community of Oak Hill. The project area is located in parts of Jackson, Gallia, and Lawrence Counties. 

The 30 day comment period for The Sunny Oaks Project was originally set to end on January 14th. However, because of the partial government shutdown the comment period will be extended past the end of the shutdown. Until the shutdown is over, an end date for the comment period cannot be announced.

“I understand that some people may have been concerned or uncertain about what to do in this circumstance,” Jon Kazmierski, Acting Forest Supervisor for The Wayne National Forest, said. “As soon as we have more information we will share it with the public.” 

Information about this and other projects being developed and analyzed can be found online at the Wayne National Forest website.

For more information about the Wayne National Forest, visit our website or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The WORK SAFE article, reprinted from the January 2019 edition of the Northern Logger and Timber Processor magazine, gives example of fatalities and injuries that happened at job sites and a sawmill, 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: 

  • SVLC Meeting – Thursday, January 17, 2019 – 5:30 PM – Bergholz, Ohio
  • NEOFA Meeting - Thursday, January 17, 2019 – 7:00 PM – Canfield, Ohio
  • ECOLC Meeting – Monday, January 21, 2019 – 6:00 PM – Sugarcreek, Ohio – Dutch Valley Restaurant
  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, January 24 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield Fire Station – Chainsaw Recertification and Officer Elections

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