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Posted By Denise Foster, Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Camp Canopy's Week of Virtual Learning
June 7-12, 2020

In light of cancelling Camp Canopy this year, the organizers have decided to offer a series of forestry and wildlife videos/content during the week camp would have taken place – June 7-12, 2020. Everything will be posted to our camp Facebook page (@CampCanopy). The content we will be posting isn’t just for campers – feel free to watch them yourselves and we encourage adults to tune in with their kids.  Check out the Camp Canopy e-Newsletter for all the details.

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 a few interesting articles on the effects of COVID-19 on the forest products industry.  See the complete newsletter.

Construction Gets Underway for Nation’s
Tallest Wooden Building, in Cleveland Ohio

Those of you that attended the 2019 OFA Annual Meeting should recall the presentation by representatives of Harbor Bay Real Estate, on the mass-timber buildings being planned for construction near the West Side Market in Cleveland. The initial plans for this project called for 2 mass-timber buildings to be built on the site. After some initial set-backs, the project is moving forward with 1 mass timber building that will be nine stories high and include retail space, 298 apartments, and an event venue. Here is a copy of a report on this project, recently published in the Wall Street Journal. Also see the brief video on the groundswork progress that was sent to me last week by Steve Willobee of Harbor Bay Real Estate.

West Virginia Logger Certification Requirements
Update During Pandemic

The following announcement comes from the desk of Eric Carlson, Executive Director of the West Virginia Forestry Association.

We have been asked to distribute this update on the status of the West Virginia Logger Certification requirements during the pandemic and the recovery period:

Loggers Please Take Note - West Virginia Division of Forestry will accept the Red Cross First Aid/ CPR online course towards the West Virginia Logger Certification.

Temporary Logging License and Certification will continue to be valid until in-person classes resume and space is available in late June .Classes will be limited in size with only registered attendees; no walk-ins will be permitted. A priority will be given to those issued a Temporary Certification or needing to become Certified for an active logging site.

Eric Carlson
Executive Director
West Virginia Forestry Association
2008 Quarrier St. Charleston WV 25311
304-532-6568 (Mobile)

Logger Relief Package: COVID-19 Economic Damage
Relief Package for Logging & Trucking Companies
in the Forest Products Industry

The American Loggers Council (ALC) is leading a group of loggers and state logging associations to petition congress for an economic relief package to assist logging and forest products trucking companies that have been adversely affecting but the disruption of markets created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the details on this proposal, and how you can send letters to congress.

American Loggers Council (ALC)

April and May 2020 Newsletter and “As We See It” Article – In the April 2020 ALC Newsletter, Nick Smith discusses “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities”. And, in the May 2020 “As We See It” article, Tom Hirt, President of FSK Equipment, discusses the many aspects to consider when looking at used logging equipment. See both articles for some personal insights on these topics from people in the industry.

10 Tips to Connect Children With the Outdoors

As we progress from spring into summer, many playgrounds and other kid-related activity areas are still closed due to COVID-19. But the Great Outdoors are still open. It is a great time to get the kids out into nature and let them pick up a greater understanding and appreciation for  our natural world. To help you get started on this, Project Learning Tree Canada has offered up some guidance on this subject. Go here to pick up on 10 Tips to Connect Children to the Outdoors - A Great Place for Information for Woodland Owners and Enthusiasts in SE Ohio

A product of OSU Extension, this website is a great resource for woodland education and activities. Subscribing by email to this site can provide you with automatic alerts when new material is posted on the site. Here is what Dave Apsley from OSU Extension has to say about the website:

The website was created to provide information for woodland owners and enthusiasts in Southeast Ohio.  It is maintained by Cooperative Extension (Dave Apsley, Ohio State University and Jamie Dahl, Central State University).  The primary purpose of the site is to provide information about events and resources for woodland owners and enthusiasts in the area.

We mainly use the site to provide notices and details about A DAY in the WOODS (2nd Friday Series), Tree Talk-YouTube videos and SE Ohio Women Owning Woodlands (WOW).  However, we also provide information about other programs and resources offered by our forestry and natural resources partners.  The latest version of A DAY in the WOODS brochure can be downloaded by clicking on BROCHURE in the main menu.

To obtain a notice when new items are posted on the site, consider subscribing by email.  Just visit the website click on SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL in the upper right corner of the page.  

If you are concerned that you will be inundated by notices, rest assured that we only post when there relevant updates (less than once a week).

Be Sure to make the time to enjoy A DAY IN THE WOODS!

Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for May

SOFA has put out their May 2020 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more. The May newsletter talks about the resurgence of the Wild Turkey in Ohio, has an interesting Q & A from Peter Wohlleben’s best-selling book, The Hidden Life of Trees, and has lots of other interesting news.

Why Trees are in So Many Medical Products

Beyond the common paper and solid wood products, many people are unaware of the multitude of everyday products and materials that use wood and wood byproducts in their processes and/or composition. Here is an interesting article  that gives a great look into how and why wood is involved in the manufacturing of so many medical and personal hygiene products.

Researchers in WV Are Hatching Spotted Lanternfly
– On Purpose!

Download and play the 1-minute audio from KYW NewsRadio to find out why.

Scientists Identify Genes Tied To Ash Trees'
Resistance To Emerald Ash Borer

Scientists at the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Lab in Delaware, OH, along with researchers at Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have identified genes in Emerald Ash Borer resistant trees that may help lead to a process that could expedite the breeding process and production of improved planting stock for restoration of forests that have been depleted of Ash by the Emerald Ash Borer. Read the Northern Research Station News Release on this advance in wood science. 

A National Forest Sign in Montana Went Missing,
so One Woman Carved a New One

A woman in Montana decided to take matters into her own hands to replace a sign at a beloved National Forest when it appeared that thieves made off with the original Forest Service sign. It took some research, money, and labor, but it turned out to be a job well done. Read this feel good story in the CNN Travel article.

Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

In light of the Coronavirus COVID-19 concerns, OFA cancelled all group activities in June. We are beginning to look at rescheduling some CSAW Training classes with PPE and Social Distancing Guidelines.  Watch this area for updates when it is socially and healthfully responsible to start rescheduling these types of activities.

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