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Posted By Denise Foster, Monday, August 19, 2019


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 3 articles on the current housing market trends. See the complete newsletter.   

Attention Master Loggers! 
Recert Training Available at the Paul Bunyan Show

A Master Logger Re-Certification class will be held on Friday, October 4 at the Paul Bunyan Show. If your Master Logger Certification is expiring soon, and you need hours, you should attend this class. The class will include 2 hours of Chainsaw Safety, 2 hours of Best Management Practices (including the WV Logging Sediment Act training which is mandatory for anyone working in WV) and 4 hours of general subject. Register here


The WORK SAFE article, reprinted from the July 2019 edition of the Northern Logger and Timber Processor magazine, gives example of fatalities and injuries that happened at job sites and on the road, 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.

Ohio’s Tree Farm of the Year Tour

Make plans for a trip to NE Ohio this fall to visit Snowy Oak Tree Farm in Ashtabula County. The Paul and Joanne Mechling family are welcoming the public to their 365 acre Certified Tree Farm on September 21, 2019, to explore this unique property. There will be lots of presentations/displays/exhibitors, as well as 8 miles of trails to explore for the adventurous. See the flyer for complete details on location, travel directions, schedule of events and more.

Protecting Nature While Hiking

Most, if not all, of OFA’s members have an appreciation for the great outdoors and all that spending time with Mother Nature has to offer. I personally am one of those that gets a lot of enjoyment out of hiking in a wide variety of environments. I almost always think about my own safety and protection while hiking, which includes things like; proper footwear and clothing, water, insect repellent, good hiking sticks, bear spray (where appropriate), etc. Something else to consider, whether its going for a long hike in a National Park or just a short walk in our own woods, is what can I do to help protect and preserve nature and the natural surroundings that I am enjoying? Here is an article that addresses just this question. It was provided to OFA by Eric Minghella.

East Central Ohio Forestry Association
(ECOFA) Newsletter

Read the East Central Ohio Forestry Association September 2019 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, which was a presentation on an “Ohio Forest Pest & Disease Update” by ODNR Forest Health specialist, Tom Macy. It also gives information on other upcoming events.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Publishes Hours of Service Proposal to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for Commercial Drivers

The following is provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation. See the full text of the FMCSA proposal.

FMCSA 13-19
August 14, 2019
Contact: FMCSA Public Affairs 
Tel.: (202) 366-9999

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Publishes Hours of Service Proposal to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for Commercial Drivers 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.   

“This proposed rule seeks to enhance safety by giving America’s commercial drivers more flexibility while maintaining the safety limits on driving time,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. 

“FMCSA wants drivers and all CMV stakeholders to share their thoughts and opinions on the proposed changes to hours of service rules that we are putting forward today. We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility and we have acted.  We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

First adopted in 1937, FMCSA’s hours of service rules specify the permitted operating hours of commercial drivers. In 2018, FMCSA authored an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to receive public comment on portions of the HOS rules to alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our Nation’s highways and roads. In response, the Agency received more than 5,200 public comments.   

Based on the detailed public comments, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service offers five key revisions to the existing HOS rules: 

  • The Agency proposes to increase safety and flexibility for the 30 minute break rule by tying the break requirement to eight hours of driving time without an interruption for at least 30 minutes, and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on duty, not driving status, rather than off duty.  
  • The Agency proposes to modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: one period of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and the other period of not less than two consecutive hours, either off duty or in the sleeper berth. Neither period would count against the driver’s 14 hour driving window. 
  • The Agency proposes to allow one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift.
  • The Agency proposes to modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.
  • The Agency proposes a change to the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles. 

FMCSA’s proposal is crafted to improve safety on the Nation’s roadways. The proposed rule would not increase driving time and would continue to prevent CMV operators from driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least a 30-minute change in duty status.

In Addition, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service regulations is estimated to provide $274 million in savings for the U.S. economy and American consumers. The trucking industry is a key component to the national economy—employing more than seven million people and moves 70 percent of the nation’s domestic freight. 

The public comment period will be open for 45 days.  

The Federal Register Notice, including how to submit comments, is available here.


Are Invasives Decreasing the Carbon
Stored in U.S. Forests?

A recent study by U.S. Forest Service scientists and Purdue University finds that non-native invasive insects and diseases are reducing the amount of carbon stored in trees across the United States. Read what the results of this research is showing in the article recently published in the Morning Ag Clips newsletter.

2019 Lumbermen’s Outing – September 11, 2019

The Lumbermen’s Benevolent Fund will once again having a Golf Outing, Clay Shoot, Dinner and Auction to raise funds to support those in the forest industry that are in financial need due to a personal or family tragedy. The Golf Outing will be at The Pines Golf Club in Orrville, and the Clay Shoot will take place at a new venue this year, the East Holmes Sportsman’s Club. The steak dinner and awards banquet, along with a short charity auction, will take place at the end of the day’s other events, at the Pines Golf Club. Get all the details, including sponsorship opportunities, and registration options.


From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture

Following is “The Big Picture” from the September 2019 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the continuing issues concerning trade negotiations with China, and the overall malaise in the hardwood lumber markets.

With the latest failed restart of U.S.-China trade talks, most contacts are now pushing expectations for meaningful market recovery into next year, at the earliest. Optimism is lower, outlooks are gloomier, and contacts say markets are more desperate even than during the Great Recession. Thank goodness for reasonably strong domestic demand and solid growth to secondary Asian markets this year. Fortunately, the U.S. outlook for residential and commercial construction is steady, with both off only a little from last year’s strong pace. The somewhat slower housing activity, however, has reduced demand for hardwood mouldings, and additional inroads from imported mouldings and non-solid-wood substitutes have eaten further into hardwood’s market share. That trend will continue—and for flooring and cabinetry, as well—despite the strong economy.

The expectation of increased tariff and non-tariff trade barriers with China on Sep 1 ushered in another round of price discounting in Aug, after pricing had stabilized for many species in Jul. Log exports fell in Jun to their lowest level of the year, as the spring swell in log shipments to China fell back in May and Jun. Log exports to Vietnam
will remain strong, but Jun ended a five-month run that that saw volumes triple from Dec to May.

Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA)
August 2019 e-Newsletter

For those of you on Ohio’s eastern border, you may be interested in some of the information in the PFA August 2019 e-newsletter. This edition focuses attention on their upcoming Wildlife and Woodlands Annual Symposium which takes place in State College, PA on September 29. 2019. As always, it also contains other useful and interesting news on forestry and upcoming events.

A New Technique Could Detect Insect
Infestation In Trees at Early Stages

A new technique using terahertz time-of-flight tomography is showing promise on being able to identify insect infestations in trees before this damage is visible to the naked eye on the outside surface of the tree. Similar to x-ray or computed tomography, this technique can identify bring insect tunnels beneath the surface of the tree. Read about this research.

Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

  • SVLC Meeting – Thursday, August 29 -  5:30 PM – Bergholz, Ohio
  • PVLC Meeting – Monday, September 9 – 7:00 PM – Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting – Tuesday, September 10 -  7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
  • Lumbermens Outing – Wednesday, September 11 – 9:00 AM – Orrville and Millersburg, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – Wednesday, September 11 - 7:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • NEOLC Meeting - Wednesday, September 11 - 6:00 PM – Middlefield, Ohio

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