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Posted By Denise Foster, Tuesday, June 4, 2019


70th Year of Camp Canopy Ready to Roll Next Week
OFA’s forestry and wildlife educational camp for high school students reaches another milestone this year as it kicks off its 70th session this coming Sunday afternoon. Once again it is being held at beautiful FFA Camp Muskingum on Leesville Lake in Carroll County. As of the writing of this column, there are 99 students registered to attend (with a couple more tentative that could push it over 100). This represents the highest number of students in the past 5 years, and is 10% above the past 10-year average. This year’s camp will include the usual core classes of Dendrology, Forest Measurements, Silviculture, Ecology, Wildlife Management, etc., and will also include a few new classes like Wild Edibles, Waterfowl ID and Forestry Forensics. Beyond the great educational opportunities, the students will also have many other activities to enjoy including; swimming, boating, archery and rifle range shooting, specialized evening hikes, high ropes course, and much more.

Four Ohio colleges are offering scholarships to the top performing students at this year’s Camp. They include; Hocking College, Ohio State University, Ohio University, and Zane State College. The Northeast Ohio Forestry Association is also offering a college scholarship. In all, 8 college scholarships totaling over $8,000 will be awarded at the closing ceremony on Friday, June 14.

OFA wants to sincerely thank all the contributors that make this great Camp a reality. This includes the volunteer Camp Committee members that give of their time and hearts to put this together, the many volunteer instructors that relay their knowledge and expertise to the campers, the camp staff that keeps the facilities running smoothly, the parents that encourage and bring their kids to this great opportunity, and the colleges and many student sponsors that financially make this camp a possibility for so many. Thank you!!

If you want to see the results of a good week at Camp Canopy, you are welcome to join us at the closing ceremony to get a review of the week, and see the top students get their rewards. This ceremony begins at 1:00 PM. Here is a map with directions to FFA Camp Muskingum.

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 a couple interesting articles on CLT (Mass Timber).  See the complete newsletter.                          

Here Come the Bears: Ohio Warns Residents to Bear-Proof Yards
This is the headline in a recent article in the Akron Beacon Journal. Check out this article at the following link to see what the Ohio Division of Wildlife has to say about being prepared for wandering male Black Bears in Ohio this summer.

HMA June Newsletter
Here is a pdf of the June HMA Link newsletter describing the recent and upcoming activities of the Hardwood Manufacturing Association (HMA). This newsletter talks about the economic outlook for the industry and where to find information on the China Tariffs.

Atlanta is Transforming an Abandoned Plot of Land into the Largest Public Food Forest in the US
The city of Atlanta is taking a 7 acre piece of abandoned land and creating a “food forest” to help insure that 85% of Atlanta’s residents will be within a half mile of fresh food. Read about this project in the article that recently appeared in the Morning Ag Clips Newsletter.  

Bureau of Workers Comp Employer Webinars
The following information on upcoming employer webinars is from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Comp.

Please join us for the June BWC employer webinar. This month we will discuss the newly announced dividend, policy year 2019 renewal and payment options, experience modifier calculation, 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.

Follow the links on the Employer webinars page if you wish to attend the webinar but not visit a service office:
• 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11.
• 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27.

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.

Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in April and May. New Members, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or anyone else at OFA to let us know if we are meeting your needs and expectations.


Jonathan Yoder of Jonathan Yoder, LLC  from Carrollton, Ohio


Holly Polonski of All Access Equipment from Wilmington,MA

Tibor Lakatos Jr. from North Bloomfield, Ohio

Upcoming Events:   For Details on These and Other Events

  • Teacher Field Day – Birds of Vinton County – PLT & Project Wild certification – June 4-5 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Camp Canopy – June 9-14 – FFA Camp Muskingum – Leesville Lake in Carroll County
  • MRWIG Business Meeting June 12 – 6:00 PM – Weasel Boy Brewing – Zanesville, Ohio
  • Lumber Grading Short Course – June 10-13 – Yoder Lumber Company – Millersburg, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, June 20 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio
  • PVLC Meeting - July 8 - 7:00 PM - Bainbridge, Ohio 
  • SOLC Meeting - July 9 - 7:00 PM - Lucasville, Ohio 
  • ECOLC Meeting - July 15, 7:00 PM 
  • Project Learning Tree-Ohio Faciliatator Leadership Training - July 16-17 - Canton, Ohio 
  • 2019 OFA Summer Outing - July 17 - Marietta, Ohio 
  • SVLC Meeting - July 18 - 5:30 PM Bergholz, Ohio

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