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Posted By Denise Foster, Tuesday, August 25, 2020


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 several articles on the resurgence of the housing and remodeling industry. See the complete newsletter.

Do You Have Forestry Items For Sale?
Advertise for Free on the OFA Website!

OFA members may advertise forestry related items for free on the OFA website. Non-members may also advertise for a small fee. This benefit is found on the Membership/Benefits/Classifieds tab of the website. Go there now to see how to post your items for sale, and to see the current listing for a 1985 International Log Truck with rear-mounted Hood 7000 loader.

Videos and Resources Available from
“Legal Considerations for Woodland Owners”
Virtual Event

In case you missed this virtual event from August 14, a part of the Day in the Woods programming, you can access the meeting recording and other resources here. The main topics during this event focused around Timber Theft and Trespass in Ohio, and Ohio Fence Line Law.

Woodworking Fair Midwest Event Starts Wednesday

Can you attend?
WFM Website

Starts this coming Wednesday!

The Woodworking Fair Midwest is an open house featuring equipment and technology for the secondary woodworking market.

Wednesday, August 26, 9AM-5PM
Thursday, August 27, 9AM-5PM
Friday, August 28, 9AM-3PM

555 East Water St
Borden, Indiana

We are excited about our exhibitor list, and hope you are too!
Check it out


Issues & Advocacy

The following updates on national level issues of concern are provided to us by our partner in Washington D.C., the Forest Resources Association.


EPA’s regulation that would designate carbon emissions from forest-based biomass combustion as “carbon neutral” continues to be stalled in the interagency review process.   The rule is currently at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and will likely remain there until after the November election.   As we have mentioned in previous updates, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is concerned that the approach that the carbon neutrality rule takes may undercut its defense of the Affordable Clean Energy rule—which is the Trump Administration’s replacement for the Obama era Clean Power Plan.   It appears that, until DOJ signs off on the package, it will remain stuck at OMB.  FRA continues to coordinate with our forestry and forest products industry association allies to exert pressure on the Administration to move expeditiously on this rule package.  

COVID Relief

Earlier this week, Senate leadership unveiled its “skinny” pandemic relief package totaling $500 billion in assistance.   Among its notable provisions, the bill includes:

  • A liability shield for businesses, healthcare operations and schools that are open or are opening during the COVID crisis. 
  • An extension of unemployment benefits. However, the $600 weekly plus up in unemployment payments would be cut in half to $300 and expire December 27, 2020.
  • An extension of the Paycheck Protection Program with some modifications, most notably a lower revenue loss threshold for companies to qualify.
  • $10 billion for the U.S. Postal Service
  • Funding for schools to assist in the fall reopening. Recall that that House passed a $3 trillion package in May, so the two chambers are far apart in their approaches.  However, there are some signals that negotiating positions may be softening a bit and the issue that may ultimately drive a deal is an unlikely one:  The U.S. Postal Service.   The House is returning to town on Saturday to vote on legislation that would infuse the USPS with $25 billion in funding to shore up its financial footing.  The White House had initially balked at this number but is now warming to the concept if House leadership will include other pandemic relief priorities.   The bottom line is that negotiations were dormant a week ago, and now talks are accelerating.  In terms of timing, our best guess is that a deal will not come together until September.   One other factor that is looming is that the federal government runs out of funding after September 30.  This factor may lend a sense of urgency to the discussions, and any government funding deal that is forged may ultimately serve as the next COVID relief package.

Free BWC Webinar - Who, When and
How-to Inspect Personal Fall Protection
Equipment - Tuesday, August 25

BWC is hosting a Who, When and How-to Inspect Personal Fall Protection Equipment webinar on Tuesday, August 25 (11 a.m. to 12 pm). This webinar will walk you through the inspection of your fall protection system, including harnesses, lanyards or retractable and anchors.  

This webinar is instructed by Eric White, a Construction Safety Consultant Specialist in BWC’s Canton Service Office.

Additional information, including registration instructions, can be found in the flyer.

For more information or assistance when registering, contact BWC’s Kaylee Blevings at

Public Comments Sought on the Petition for Determination of Nonregulated Status for Blight-Resistant Darling 58 American Chestnut

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is looking for public comments on the petition by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, seeking non-regulated status for the blight-resistant Darling 58 American Chestnut. This is the chestnut that has had a wheat gene added to its genetic sequence to detoxify oxalic acid which leads to lethal cankers on chestnut trees. See the information below on how to access the petition and to submit comments. Comments are due by October 19, 2020.

August 18, 2020

Dear Stakeholder,

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting public comment on a petition from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) seeking deregulation of an American chestnut variety developed using genetic engineering for fungal resistance to chestnut blight. The petition will be available for public review and comment for 60 days.
APHIS is interested in receiving comments regarding potential environmental and interrelated economic impacts to assist in our assessment of the petition as it relates to the National Environmental Policy Act.  APHIS will thoroughly review and consider all public input submitted during the comment period, and use the information to develop the appropriate environmental documents and our regulatory determination.

The petition and Federal Register notice can be viewed on the News page of the BRS website. Beginning tomorrow (August 19), members of the public will be able to submit comments through October 19, 2020, at

Questions about APHIS programs and services? Contact Us     

Dovetail Partners August
“The Outlook” Newsletter

The August issue of Dovetail Partners “The Outlook” newsletter discusses Biochar’s Role in Climate Mitigation, discusses planning for the Women’s Forest Congress, and links to SFI’s request for input on a potential Urban Forestry Standard. See the complete newsletter for these and other interesting articles.  "The Outlook" is the monthly e-newsletter of Dovetail Partners, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit corporation.

Tales of 100 Trees – “The Story of Trees and
How They Changed the Way We Live”

This book, written by Kevin Hobbs and David West, explores how trees have changed the way that humans have lived. Nigel Chaffey pens a very good review of this book. It sounds like it would be a good read for anyone with an interest in trees, especially as it relates to their usefulness throughout history. 


Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

In light of the Coronavirus COVID-19 concerns, OFA cancelled all group activities in March, April, and May. In June, we have started rescheduling some CSAW Training classes and BMP classes with PPE and Social Distancing Guidelines.  Watch this area for updates when it is socially and healthfully responsible to start rescheduling Loggers Chapter meetings and other activities.

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