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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, October 31, 2018
 
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 a very interesting article on a wood-powered generator that pulls drinkable water from the air.
Video On Quarter-Sawing Lumber
OFA member, Frank Miller Lumber, has developed a very nice video demonstrating and explaining the process of quarter-sawing a log to produce high quality quarter-sawn and rift-sawn boards.
WORK SAFE – The WORK SAFE article, reprinted from the September 2018 edition of the Northern Logger and Timber Processor magazine, gives example of injuries and fatalities that happened in the woods, at the sawmill, and on the road, that could easily have been avoided. Use these examples to keep yourself, your coworkers, and your employees safe, so that everyone can go home to their families at the end of the day in the same condition that they left in the morning.
OFA Issues & Advocacy Update
Following are some of the issues that we have been working on and/or tracking since our last update.

Local - We continue to work with different counties in Ohio on road use issues. We are currently monitoring a lawsuit in one county between a logging company and a county engineers office.

Statewide - As a member of the steering committee on the Ohio Smart Agriculture:Solutions from the Land project, I have had the opportunity to bring the issues facing our forest products industry in Ohio to the attention of a much larger group of agriculturally minded leaders in Ohio. I was the speaker at a steering committee dinner.
I participate in the monthly conference calls for the Wayne National Forest Plan Assessment phase of their Forest Plan update process. OFA continues to work with partners including; Ohio Division of Forestry, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, County Auditors Association, and others on the woodland tax concerns facing Ohio forest landowners.

National - OFA continues to work through the Forest in the Farm Bill Coalition to support passage of a Farm Bill that includes significant provisions for vital programs that forest landowners need and use, such as EQIP, to help manage their forests.I met and talked with U. S. Representative Bill Johnson at the Ohio Tree Farm Tour. I followed up our conversation with an email explaining the importance of Ohio ‘s forest products industry, and advocated for his support of the Farm Bill provisions that help forest land owners.OFA signed a letter of support for the local and domestic biomass utilization in recognition of National Bioenergy Day 2018.

Miscellaneous - We continue to be active participants in many committees across the state that work on logging and forestry issues, including: Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Agricultural Advisory Committee to the Ohio Department of Taxation, Ohio Woodland Stewards, Ohio Forestry Advisory Committee, Ohio Forest Stewardship Program, Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee, and others.

If at any time you have a question about one of these subjects, or have other issues that you would like OFA to assist with, please do not hesitate to contact myself or someone else at the OFA office. Brad Perkins – OFA Executive Director
Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in August and September. 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.

Individuals
Bill Fowler of Columbus, Ohio
Mike Principe of Lemont, Illinois

Students
Katie Reiderman of Ohio State University
Mike Bell of Ohio State University

Suppliers

Chris Wolf of Wolfe Ridge Manufacturing from Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Blaize Fields of Universal Windows from Columbus, Ohio
Rob Nardo of Tri-State Electric & Machine from Glen Dale, West Virginia
Tim Bass of Highway Equipment Co. from Canton, Ohio
Vincent Antonicelli of Despatch Custom Milling from East Rochester, NY

Primary Manufacturers
Raymond Hall of Hartville lumber from Hartville, Ohio
Dana Moore of West Virginia Split Rail. Inc. from Buckhannon, WV

Service Firms
Amy Fenning of American Cutting Edge from Miamisburg, Ohio
Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for November
SOFA has put out their November 2018 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more. This month’s newsletter has another good edition of “The Adventures of Wayne and Tim”.
Kentucky Forest Industry Association (KFIA) October 2018 Newsletter
For those interested to see some of the same, as well as different, issues that our forest industry members in neighboring Kentucky are dealing with, read the KFIA September newsletter. Thanks to former OFA president, Rob McCarthy for forwarding us this information.

Upcoming Events

  • A Day In The Woods – Woodland Wildlife Habitat – Friday, Nov.9, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, McArthur, Ohio
  • PVLC Meeting – Monday, Nov. 12, 7:00 PM, Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting – Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:00 PM, Lucasville, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6:00 PM, McConnelsville, Ohio
  • OFA Executive Committee Meeting - Wednesday, Nov. 14, 10:00 AM, Zanesville, Ohio
  • OFA Board Meeting - Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1:00 PM, Zanesville, Ohio
  • Logging Standards Council Meeting - Wednesday, Nov. 14, 5:00 PM, Zanesville, Ohio
  • SVLC Meeting – Thursday, Nov. 15, 5:30 PM, Bergholz, Ohio
  • Ohio Tree Farm Committee Meeting – Thursday, Nov. 15, 10:00 AM, Columbus, Ohio

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