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Posted By Denise Foster, Monday, January 20, 2020

Past OFA President and Tree Farmer of the Year,
Walt Lange, Passed Away Saturday, January 18, 2020

It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of Walt Lange. Walt died Saturday, January 18, 2020 after suffering a stroke on Friday, January 10, 2020. Those that worked closely with Walt knew him as an energetic, always positive, let’s get it done kind of person.

He was a longtime member of the OFA Board and one of its past Presidents. He oversaw the education seminars at the Paul Bunyan Show for many years. He was also an instrumental part of the Ohio Tree Farm Committee and was an Ohio Tree Farmer of the Year as well as a Regional Tree Farmer of the Year.

Walt was involved in many things in his life and was given numerous awards and accolades. Many of these accomplishments are detailed in his obituary

I feel very fortunate to have been able to call this great man one of my friends.

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 an interview with a Philmont Scout Ranch visiting forester.  See the complete newsletter

E.B. Miller Memorial Scholarship Application
Deadline April 15

The deadline for applications for the Ohio Forestry Association Foundation’s E.B. Miller Memorial Scholarship is April 15, 2020. If you know a student that is going into, or is currently enrolled in, a course of study in a natural resources field, have them fill put an application for this worthwhile scholarship. Print the application form, or it can be found on the OFA website.

Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter

Here is the January 2020 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It recaps their presentation on Woodland Taxes, presented by Greg Cecconi, introduces their January meeting topic on “Selling Timber”, presented by consulting foresters Jim Elze and Dan Castellucci, and highlights their recent trip to the “Cradle of Forestry”.

From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture

Following is “The Big Picture” from the February 2020 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the Phase 1 China agreement on tariff relief and the wood components business.

All signals are still “go” for tomorrow’s (1/15/20) signing of the Phase One deal with China. On Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department dropped its 6-month old designation of China as a “currency manipulator,” saying “China has made enforceable commitments to refrain from competitive devaluation, while promoting transparency and accountability.” That announcement was part of the Treasury’s regular report on trading partners, but its release had been held since Oct, likely as a bargaining chip in final negotiations. We still don’t have the text of the trade agreement, but it is expected to include a Chinese promise to buy $40-50 billion in U.S. agricultural products annually, of which hardwood purchases will count towards the obligated total. Nov log shipments to China ticked up, as reportedly did Dec lumber shipments, but meaningful post-trade war recovery will probably come slowly and in fits and starts.

Component sales dipped in 2019 alongside slower remodeling and single-family home starts, but are expected to grow in 2020 as these same markets fare better. As cyclically low hardwood lumber prices start to recover in 2020, however, the incentive will return for manufacturers to substitute engineered wood and non-wood materials for solid hardwood components. As low as lumber prices are, they’ll need to move up slowly to keep buyers interested.

The Ohio Hetuch Winter 2020 Newsletter

The Ohio Hetuch is the newsletter of the Ohio Chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). This newsletter announces their upcoming Ohio SAF Leadership Academy, welcomes their new Chairman, discusses their new winter meeting location, and has updates from the SAF National Convention and from the Hocking College Forestry Club and the Ohio State Forestry Forum. Read the newsletter for all the most recent SAF news.

Dovetail Partners December “The Outlook” Newsletter

The January issue of Dovetail Partners “The Outlook” newsletter discusses future developments in the forest sector. 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.

East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter

See the East Central Ohio Forestry Association February 2020 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, which was a presentation by Jeremy Scherf entitled “Money Does Grow on Trees”. It also gives information on other upcoming events.

Phase 1 China Trade Agreement

For those wondering, yes wood products are included in the recently approve Phase 1 Trade Agreement with China. See a brief Fact Sheet on the agreement. For a more in-depth look, you can read the full text of the agreement. This is a lengthy document. The section showing the wood products involved in this agreement can be found in the table on page 67 of the document. I have highlighted the specific areas found on Table Page 6-14, HS Codes 4401-4421.

Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

  • ECOLC Meeting – Monday, January 20 – 6:00 PM – Sugarcreek, Ohio
  • 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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