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Posted By Denise Foster, Tuesday, August 6, 2019


Forest Markets Weekly Newsletters

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 how woody biomass consumption in the U.S. is on a downward trend.  See the complete newsletter

Ashtabula Christmas tree wins Ohio State Fair

Greig Christmas Tree Farm in Ashtabula County was given the honor of the Grand Champion Christmas Tree at the 2019 Ohio State Fair. The winning tree was a Canaan Fir. Read more about this award and other category winners in the recently published article from the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter.

Budget Bill Alters Ohio’s Right to Farm Law

Ohio’s most recent “budget bill” included some language that strengthens Ohio’s “Right to Farm”law, sometimes referred to as the “Agricultural District Program”. This could have some positive ramifications for silvicultural practices as it relates to land in the CAUV program, or “any agricultural practice that is acceptable by local custom”. Read more about the changes in this area of agricultural law.

Sawdust Might Be One Answer to the
World’s Plastic Problem

A company in Ontario, Canada will soon begin manufacturing plastic bottles from a resin derived from sawdust. Three major companies, Pepsi, Danone, and Nestle, plan to start selling water in these bottles sometime in 2022. Read more about this technology start-up and other information on issues with plastics production in this article


Dovetail Partners July “The Outlook” Newsletter

The July issue of Dovetail Partners “The Outlook” newsletter has an article on Reducing Home Energy Consumption and discusses their Reader Survey Results. See the newsletter for these and other interesting articles.  "The Outlook" is the monthly e-newsletter of Dovetail Partners, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit corporation.

USDA Declares August Tree Check Month

August is the month when the Asian Longhorned Beetle starts to emerge from trees and makes this month the best time to spot this invasive species which attacks several valuable hardwood tree species. This article, recently published in the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter, explains what to look for, how to identify this critter, and who to contact if you find one.

Project Learning Tree (PLT)
July-August 2019 Newsletter

PLT has distributed their July-August 2019 Tree-rific Resources E-Newsletter. This month’s newsletter highlights several upcoming events and also is reaching out to those interested in helping develop some Ohio specific PLT materials. See all the details in the newsletter.  

BWC Employer Webinars

The following information on employer webinars is from the desk of the Ohio Bureau of Workers Comp.

Please join us for the August BWC employer update webinar. This month we will discuss the role of managed care organizations (MCOs), the 2019 employer dividend, medical marijuana, private employer annual true-up, important dates, and our monthly safety tip. 

The webinar will last approximately 20 minutes. You can view the webinar from the comfort of your office or attend in person at one of BWC’s service offices. By attending in person, you will have the opportunity to meet with a BWC representative.

1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.
11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.

Click here to register to visit your local service office and view the webinar with BWC staff.
When registering, please provide your name, title, policy number (or company name), phone number and email address.

We’ll record this webinar and make it available for future viewing here

Note: In the Columbus area, the on-site option will be at our OCOSH location, 13430 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, Ohio.

Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for August

SOFA has put out their August 2019 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more in the newsletter. This month’s newsletter includes a recap of their July outing and a listing of their upcoming schedule of activities.

Cleveland's Sparse Tree Canopy Raises
Health Concerns, Stepped-up Recovery Plan

Cleveland’s tree canopy is at just 19%, while other nearby major cities like Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are at around 38%. Studies show that urban areas without an abundance of tree cover have higher rates of Infant mortality, lead poisoning in children, diabetes, and other issues. Read the interesting article to see what the city of Cleveland is doing, and needs to do, to turn this condition around.

Upcoming Events
For Details on These and Other Events

  • NWOLC Meeting – Tuesday, August 6 -  6:30 PM – Findlay, Ohio
  • SEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, August 7 -  7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • NWOLC Meeting – Tuesday, August 13 -  6:30 PM – New Carlisle, Ohio
  • SVLC Meeting – Thursday, August 29 -  5:30 PM – Bergholz, Ohio

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