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Posted By Denise Foster, Friday, January 31, 2020

It’s Almost Time for the 2020 OFA Annual Meeting

March 4-5, 2020 are the dates for this year’s OFA Annual Meeting. It will “tee-off” Wednesday evening, March 4, 2020 with an Industry Reception at the Jack Nicklaus Museum. Buses will transport attendees from the University Area Marriott to and from the Jack Nicklaus Museum on a constantly rotating basis throughout the evening. This is a great venue for a reception, even if you don’t know or care about the game of golf or Jack Nicklaus. Don’t miss this unique event!

Thursday, March 5, 2020 will feature a full slate of speakers/presenters for both the industry members and the forest landowner membership. Topics will include national, state, and local issues.

Following a long established tradition, we will have the annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, featuring Ohio Tree Farm Committee awards, Logger of the Year award, and the OFA Conservation Awards.

As always, we provide sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities at this annual event, and encourage you to take advantage of these.

To see the schedule of activities, line-up of speakers and topics, attendee registration, and exhibitor and sponsorship options, please visit our website.

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 an interesting article on how writing on paper stimulates the brain.  See the complete newsletter.

Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter
(SOFA) for November

SOFA has put out their January 2020 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more. This month’s newsletter includes a recap of their last meeting and a listing of their upcoming schedule of activities.

Items Needed for Tree Farm Silent Auction
at OFA Annual Meeting

Each year at the OFA Annual Meeting the Ohio Tree Farm Committee holds a Silent Auction to raise funds to assist with their program activities, such as the Tree Farm of the Year Tour. The committee is in need of and accepting auction item donations for this year’s Silent Auction. Forestry and Wildlife based items seem to be perennial favorites, such as; specialty wood products, woodland tools (tree marking paint, chaps, bar oil, etc.) bird feeders, tree & wildlife ID books, etc. Your donated items can be brought to the OFA Annual Meeting, dropped off or shipped to the Ohio Forestry Association office at 507 Main Street, Suite 200, Zanesville, Ohio 43701, or you can make arrangements to get it to a Tree Farm Committee member near you.

Trump Announces that U.S. Will Join the
Trillion Trees Initiative

World leaders at the recent World Economic Forum launched the One Trillion Trees Initiative.. The Initiative seeks to collectively plant 1 trillion trees to absorb carbon dioxide and combat climate change. On Jan. 21st , President Trump announced that the US will join this initiative. Congressman Westerman (R-AR-4) announced that he will be introducing the Trillion Trees Act in the next one to two months. The legislation aims to highlight the benefits of trees in the carbon cycle and their role in reversing climate change. The focus of the bill will be to plant more trees, grow more wood, and store more carbon. The legislation would also improve opportunities for biomass and alternative forest products. You can read more about this initiative here.

Final Rule: The Navigable Waters Protection Rule
Replaces 2015 WOTUS Rule

On January 23, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to define “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). For the first time, the agencies are streamlining the definition so that it includes four simple categories of jurisdictional waters, provides clear exclusions for many water features that traditionally have not been regulated, and defines terms in the regulatory text that have never been defined before. Read the complete EPA press release on this important rule for both silviculture and agriculture. 

Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA)
January 2020 Newsletter

For those of you on Ohio’s eastern border, you may be interested in some of the information in the January 2020 newsletter. This edition focuses on deer management, the upcoming 2020 Conservation Banguet, and contains other useful and interesting news on forestry and upcoming events.

Wayne National Forest Launches
Junior Forest Rangers Program - NELSONVILLE, Ohio

(Jan. 28, 2020) – The Wayne National Forest is excited to announce the launch of its new environmental education program, Junior Forest Rangers!

“Junior Forest Rangers will be similar to our previous program, Wild Weekend Discovery Series, but with a structure that is both fun and rewarding for kids,” said Public Affairs Specialist Kelly Miller. “In addition to environmental education, we’ll be learning nature skills and exploring awesome outdoor activities, like how to pitch a tent.” Each child will receive a free official Junior Forest Rangers activity book and earn a button pin for each lesson attended.

The topic for the inaugural session will be Bird Feeder Garlands. Kids will learn about bird beak adaptations, then make their own bird feeder garlands to take home. They will also receive a free identification guide of common birds in Ohio.

The Junior Forest Rangers program is planned for children aged preschool through fifth grade. The first session will be Saturday, February 1, 10 – 11 a.m. at Wayne National Forest headquarters (13700 Hwy 33 near Nelsonville). Register in advance by calling 513-767-6921; space is limited to 20 children.

About the U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the country’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Its public lands contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year and provide 20 percent of the country’s clean water supply. For more information, visit

Portable Sawmill Owner Builds Cedar Chapel

The winner of the Creative Showcase of Wood-Mizer’s 2019 Personal Best Contest was sawmill owner Lowell Hinrichs. He built the chapel pictured below on the shore of the Salish Sea in British Columbia. Read the interesting story about this unique piece of wood construction, from a man who started the project AFTER receiving a Stage IV cancer diagnosis.

Pictures by Lowell Hinrichs Sooke, British Columbia

Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

  • NEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, February 12 – 5:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – Wednesday, February 12 – 6:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, February 20 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio
  • LSC Meeting – Wednesday, March 4 – 3:30 PM - University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • 2020 OFA Annual Meeting – March 4-5 – University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Executive Committee Meeting – Friday, March 6 – 8:00 AM - University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Board of Trustees Meeting – Friday, March 6 – 10:00 AM - University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • Best Management Practices (BMP’s) Training – 8-Hour – Thursday, March 19 – 8:00 AM – Fernwood State Forest – Bloomingdale, Ohio
  • CSAW Level 1 Training for Professional Loggers – 8-Hour – Friday, March 20 – 8:00 AM – Fernwood State Forest – Bloomingdale, Ohio

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