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Posted By Denise Foster, Tuesday, March 19, 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 titled “Share the Good News about Wood Pallets”. See the complete newsletters.                 


Woodland Seminar in Delaware, Ohio – March 25
The Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District is sponsoring a seminar titled “How to Manage Woodland for Profit”. It will be held on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at the Stratford Ecological Center. See complete details in the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter article.


Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter 
The March 2019 edition of the NEOFA newsletter, highlights their upcoming meeting on March 21, 2019, which will be a presentation by Ryan Clester, Forester for the Ohio Division of Forestry, on Oak Wilt Disease. It also recaps the presentation by Alan Walter on preserving, acquiring, disassembling, moving, and rebuilding old barns. Also here is the RSVP form for their upcoming banquet.


Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for March
SOFA has put out their March 2019 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more in their newsletter. This month’s newsletter talks about a rare half-male, half-female Cardinal, and explains how this phenomenon can happen.


East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter
The East Central Ohio Forestry Association April 2019 Newsletter, as always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, which was highlighted by a presentation “land as your Legacy”, as well as a schedule of upcoming events.


2019 Summer Meeting
In an effort to improve the Summer Meeting, we are asking for the opinion of the membership to help us plan. Please take this brief 4 question survey to help give us a better idea of what the membership would like to do during the event. Please respond by April 1st. Take the survey here 


Available Soon – Online Short Course - Physical Science of Forests, Climate Regulation, and Carbon Storage
Michigan State University and the Society of American Foresters are collaborating on a short course designed for natural resource professionals, extension agents, and landowners, but will be open to anyone. It is designed to be completed in 4-6 weeks, working at the participants own pace. This on-line course will be available in April, 2019, and will be offered on ForestEd. See all the details about this course here


From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the April 2019 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses a few of the bright spots in the current and future lumber markets.

Sawmill sales have been decent, and a number of mills have sawed additional hours as log supplies have improved. Lumber inventory levels remain under control, for the most part, and some yards say their kilns and pre-dryers are short of lumber. Domestic demand has improved slightly from the beginning of the year, and will likely strengthen further with seasonally stronger single-family homebuilding, to the benefit of Hard Maple, Soft Maple and Poplar. Some yards are worried they won’t be able to procure enough Poplar to meet domestic and export demand. Spending on commercial construction, which favors upper-grade Walnut, Cherry and Maple, is forecast to grow almost 5% in 2019, down just slightly from 2018.

Export shipments slowed abruptly in Dec, but, more recently, contacts have noted stronger interest from China and a steadier flow of orders, including for Cherry. Media reports indicate that trade talks between President Trump and President Xi are going well, and that a new trade deal between the countries could be in place by Apr.

The hardwood industry has already weathered record rainfall totals, and weather-related issues will remain through spring. Still, production will rise slowly over the next few months and many mills will get back up to normal operating hours.


CareWorks Comp March Newsletter
OFA’s Workers Comp Group Ratings provider has released their March 2019 newsletter. Even if you are not a member of our Group Ratings program, there will still be information in this newsletter that could be applicable to your situation. This newsletter includes notices of important deadlines, information on unemployment cost control, and other topics.


Upcoming Events 
CSAW Custom Class – Wednesday, March 20 – 5:00-9:00 PM - Urbana, Ohio
SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, March 21 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio
BMP’s for Logging in Ohio - Thursday, March 21 – 8:00 AM – Bloomingdale, Ohio
CSAW Level 1 for Loggers - Friday, March 22 – 8:00 AM – Bloomingdale, Ohio

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