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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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 explaining how New York passed a forestry stewardship bill that includes a tax credit for forest landowners.
Master Loggers Re-Certification at the Paul Bunyan Show
Master loggers needing hours for re-certification credit should register for the 2018 Master Logger Re-Certification class that will take place on Friday, October 5 at the Paul Bunyan Show in Cambridge Ohio. This 8 hour class will satisfy all re-certification requirements. You will receive 2 hours of Chainsaw safety, 2 hours of Best Management Practices and 4 hours of General Subject. Lunch is included. Register here.
Farm Bill Passes in Senate
The U. S. Senate passed their version of the Farm Bill by a large voting margin. Now it will be up to the conference committee to reconcile the differences between the Senate version and the House version, which only passed by 2 votes, and hopefully get a bill signed by the president before the current Farm Bill runs out this fall. The Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition did not get everything we wanted through these bill’s, but many good forestry related issues were included. A good summary of this most recent action by the Senate can be found here.

Forest Service and Wayne National Forest Advertising Jobs and Internship
The Wayne National Forest in Ohio is currently advertising for a forester intern position. If you know a current forestry student, or recent graduate that might be interested in a great way to get their foot in the door with the U. S. Forest Service, have them check out the position here. Also the US Forest Service is advertising for resource assistant positions in various areas around the country. Check out this program and opportunities here.


Summer Environmental Education Programs for Children Ages Pre-School Through 5th Grade 
The Wayne National Forest is offering three new Wild Weekend Discovery Series programs this summer for children ages preschool to 5th grade. Unless noted, the programs will be held in Athens County at the Wayne National Forest Headquarters & Athens Ranger Station, located off US Hwy 33 between Nelsonville and The Plains. 

Programs are planned as follows:

Saturday, July 7, 2018 – BIRDING ON THE WAYNE NATIONAL FOREST: A kid-friendly birdwatching hike on the beautiful Ora E. Anderson Nature Trail. Binoculars and small bird guides will be provided. This event will be held at the Ora E. Anderson Nature Trail near Carbon Hill.

Saturday, August 4, 2018 – RESTORING WILDLIFE HABITAT: Kids will paint bird houses made from recycled coffee tins to take home and hang in their yards. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018 – A WINDOW INTO THE PAST: Kids will meet a Forest Service Archaeologist and learn how to explore the past by digging in a sandbox for small keepsakes. 

These fun sessions are free and scheduled for one hour from 10-11 a.m. Space is limited to 20 children, so please pre-register by calling today at (740) 753-0542.


For more information, visit their website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne. Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter @waynenationalfs and Facebook.


NWTF – Women In The Outdoors Event Planned For Sept. 7-9
The Ohio State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will be holding its 19th annual Women in the Outdoors event at the Pleasant Hill Outdoor Center in Perrysville, Ohio, Sept 7-9. This award winning program is for women age 14 and over, and includes over 30 different outdoor education courses and activities to choose from, including; crafts and outdoor cooking, kayaking, shooting, fishing, photography, and much more. Deadline for registration is Sept. 1, 2018. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. See the flyer for all the details. THIS IS A GREAT PROGRAM!


OFA Foundation Takes Part In “Art of our Appalachian Woods” Exhibit
The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens is the venue for the “Art of our Appalachian Woods” exhibit taking place from June 30, 2018 through September 3, 2018. The exhibit features more than 90 sculptural and functional works, by 38 artists, created with materials sourced from local woods. The Ohio Forestry Association Foundation, one of the event sponsors, also has an educational exhibit extoling the virtues of using renewable, sustainable, Ohio grown wood. The gallery hours are 12-5 PM, Tuesday – Sunday. Admission is free on Wednesday. Other days, admission is $5. If you use the term “Woodpecker” when purchasing your tickets, this signifies that you are an OFA member and you will enjoy “buy 1 - get one free” status. Click here for more details.


Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for July
SOFA has put out their July 2018 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more. This month’s newsletter discusses their last meeting topic which was a presentation on Marketing Your Timber by Wayne Oney and Wayne Lashbrook.


Other Upcoming Events

  • Northwest Ohio Loggers Chapter Meeting - July 3 
  • Paint Valley Loggers Chapter Meeting - July 9 
  • Northwest Ohio Loggers Chapter Meeting - July 10  
  • ECOFA Meeting – All You Ever Wanted To Know About Ginseng – July 11
  • A Day in the Woods - Tree and Shrub Identification - July 13 
  • East Central Ohio Loggers Chapter Meeting - July 16 at 6:00 PM
  • Steel Valley Loggers Chapter Meeting - July 19 
  • OFA/OSAF Summer Meeting - July 24-25

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