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Posted By Denise Foster, Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Save the Date! – Lumberman’s Outing
September 16, 2020

This year’s Lumberman’s Outing, a Golf and Clay Shoot event that raises money to benefit folks in need in the forest products industry, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020. This year the Golf portion of the event will be held at a new venue for the Lumberman’s Outing, Black Gold Golf Club in Sugarcreek. The Clay Shoot will be held the same place as 2019, the East Holmes Sportsman’s Club in Millersburg. The Golf and Clay Shoot events will be followed by an outdoor patio dinner at Black Gold Golf Club. Save the date and look for more details, including sponsorship opportunities and registration information, in the coming months.

Fundraising at this year's event will benefit the family of Andrew Byler. Andrew was a logger, killed this spring in a tragic logging accident. He left behind a wife and five children who will need financial assistance.


“Measuring the Trees in Your Woods”
ZOOM Webinar on July 10
3rd “Day In The Woods” Program

The following is from Dave Apsley, OSU Extension Natural Resource Specialist

Our Third A DAY in the WOODS program “Measuring the Trees in Your Woods”  will be offered as a Zoom webinar on July 10 from 10 am to 11 am.
Topics covered include:

  • Making a Tree Measuring Stick (See homework assignment below)
  • Measuring tree diameter
  • Pacing with accuracy
  • Measuring merchantable height of trees
  • Determining the board foot volume of trees

For more information, to learn about your homework assignment and to register visit our website. Even if you don’t have time to attend the webinar you can visit the site to watch a video and get the resources to make your own tree measuring stick.  

Also in case you missed it we now have 12 TREE ID Clips available on YouTube.  These 2-3 minute each feature a tree species and cover identification characteristics and other information.

Species featured include to date include: boxelder, poison-ivy, silver maple, red buckeye, OHIO BUCKEYE, fringetree, honeylocust, flowering dogwood, white ash, red maple and Kentucky coffeetree

Stay safe and Be sure to make the time to enjoy A DAY IN THE WOODS!


Ohio's Tree Farm of the Year Tour


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 the world’s tallest mass-timber building.  See the complete newsletter.



Friday’s Escape to the Forest is
Offering Two Live Webinars This Month

Both are posted on the Woodland Stewards website home page or you can click on the links below to access registration.

Registration for the July 17th webinar, The Ins and Outs of Ohio’s Property Tax Reduction Programs: CAUV and Ohio Forest Tax Law, can be accessed here.

Registration for the July 24th webinar, Beach Leaf Disease (BLD): History, Treatment and Surveys, can be accessed here. 

See the webinar flyers below.

 


July Employer Webinars from the
Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation

Please join us for the July BWC Employer Update Webinar. This month, we'll discuss updates on COVID-19, policy year 2020 estimated annual premium adjustments, the annual true-up report, important dates, and our monthly safety tip. The webinar will last about 25 minutes.

Click the link to register:
1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14
11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 30
We’ll also record this webinar and make it available for future viewing here.


Apply Now for Ohio’s Controlled
Hunting Opportunities

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hunters can apply now for any of the hundreds of controlled hunting opportunities available on Ohio’s public lands during the 2020-2021 season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Controlled hunts include opportunities for white-tailed deer, waterfowl, mourning doves and more. The application period is open until Friday, July 31.

These special hunts are held on selected areas to provide additional opportunities for Ohio’s hunting enthusiasts. Hunts are available through ODNR Divisions of Wildlife, Parks & Watercraft and Natural Areas & Preserves. Hunters may apply for the controlled hunts by completing the application process online using Ohio's Wildlife Licensing System at wildohio.gov.

See the complete list of eligible hunts and locations in the 2020-2021 Controlled Hunting Opportunities booklet. There is a non-refundable application fee of $3 per hunt. Because of social distancing requirements, controlled hunt applications will only be accepted online or by phone for the 2020-2021 season. No in-person drawings will be available this year.

All applicants, youth and adult, are required to possess a valid Ohio hunting license and meet age requirements. Find more information at wildohio.gov on the Controlled Hunts page. Customers without internet access may call 1-866-703-1928 and apply for hunts by phone. There is an additional $5.50 service fee to apply for the phone option.

Hunters are randomly drawn from submitted applications. Successful applicants will be notified and provided additional hunt information by Monday, Aug. 10. Successful applicants will receive a permit, rules and hunting area map. Each controlled hunt opportunity is unique, and applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review all site-specific rules and requirements prior to applying. The application status can be viewed through Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System.

New this year, all state parks waterfowl blinds drawings will be coordinated through Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System. Successful applicants can choose a blind location on Saturday, Aug. 15. A $50 fee is charged to construct a blind for state park waterfowl hunts. Permittees are responsible for this additional fee.

The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

For more information, contact:
Brian Plasters, Division of Wildlife
Brian.Plasters@dnr.state.oh.us



Wayne National Forest Project
Reestablishing Native Hardwood Forest
Now Open for Comment

Following is information on submitting public comments on the Marietta/Athens Pine Project (MAPP) that is proposed to clearcut old pine plantations and convert them back to native hardwood forests. OFA submitted comments in favor of this project during the initial public comment period, and will be preparing comments again in favor of the project after having reviewed the Environmental Assessment for the project. Your comments are welcomed on this proposed project.

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (July 2, 2020) – The Wayne National Forest is inviting input during a 30-day comment period on the Environmental Assessment prepared for the Marietta-Athens Pine Project (MAPP).  

If approved, the Marietta-Athens Pine Project proposal would authorize the harvest of about 3,000 acres of planted pine to encourage the reestablishment of native hardwood trees and the creation of young, brushy forest to provide a diverse wildlife habitat. The forest that regrows would be a mix of trees native to the area. Natural regrowth could be supplemented with planted trees.

The areas under consideration are located in Athens, Hocking, Monroe, Noble, Perry, and Washington Counties in the Athens Ranger District of the Wayne National Forest.

Pine plantations, which were established in large numbers across the Athens Ranger District around 30-70 years ago, were intended to reforest lands that had been cleared and put to other uses such as farming or mining. Once those practices ceased, pines were often planted to rapidly reestablish tree cover and mitigate widespread sedimentation and soil erosion.

“These pine plantations have met their intended purpose of reforestation and soil stabilization, and today we have an opportunity to expand on these prior restoration efforts by harvesting the pines to improve forest habitat for plants and wildlife,” said Athens District Ranger Jason Reed. “Our native plants and wildlife are adapted to live in diverse deciduous forests as opposed to the dense, shaded habitat of a single-species pine plantation.”

Information about this and other projects being developed and analyzed can be found online at the Wayne National Forest website. Comments can be submitted through the online commenting system, by email to comments-eastern-wayne-athens@usda.gov, or by mail to Wayne National Forest, MAPP Project Comments, 13700 US Hwy 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Include your name, current physical mailing address, phone number, and signature or other verification of identity with your comments.  

You may also call to discuss this project at (740) 753-0101 during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday).

For more information, visit our website. Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter @waynenationalfs and Facebook @waynenationalforest.

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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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