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Posted By Denise Foster, Monday, June 29, 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.

Standing Proud – A Film on the Forest Sector’s
Response to COVID-19

Watch a 2-minute video from #Forestproud.

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 several articles on the up-and-down housing markets.  See the complete newsletter.

Northeast Ohio Forestry Association
(NEOFA) Newsletter

Here is the June 2020 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains an announcement on the 2020 Tree Farm Tour, a market update, some good information on Oak Wilt Disease, and some interesting pictures and stories on what some of the members have been accomplishing in their woodlands during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter
(SOFA) for June

SOFA has put out their June 2020 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more. The June newsletter talks the 2 documents that every Tree Farmer needs (a Deed and a Management Plan), the effort by the Ohio History Connection to purchase the leasehold back from the Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark for the Octagon Earthworks, and other interesting news.

VETTIX Helped Veterans Enjoy
2019 Paul Bunyan Show

For the past couple years, OFA has been donating some Paul Bunyan Show tickets to an organization called VETTIX. This group helps veterans attend unique events with free or low cost tickets. One of the things that they ask of the recipients of these tickets is to take a picture of themselves enjoying the event that they went to. See several of these pictures and testimonials of appreciation.

A beautiful Indian summer day for a lumberjack show thanks to the Ohio Forestry Association and Vettix!

Parents Create 'Common Sense Camp'
to Teach Their Kids Basic Life Skills

A set of parents in California decided that with all the sleep-away and day camps cancelled this summer, it was the perfect summer to have their two teenagers go through a “Common Sense Camp” at home. This included the everyday things they will need to know like sorting laundry correctly, making pancakes, safety and emergency preparedness, and much more. They used the book, "How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn Before You've Grown Up", as their guide for their DIY at-home camp. Read more about this good idea for “shelter-in-place” families, that could still be useful this summer.


The WORK SAFE article, reprinted from the June 2020 edition of the Northern Logger and Timber Processor magazine, gives example of fatalities and injuries that happened at job sites 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.

McMahon Truck Centers Offering
Stock Mack Log Truck

McMahon Truck Centers of Columbus is now offering a stock 2020 Mack Granite GU713 Log Truck in addition to its usual business of working with individuals to custom build a truck. For more information on this opportunity, contact Drew McIntyre using one of the following contacts, or visit the their website to see more pictures and pricing.
Drew McIntyre
Mack Sales
Office : 614.252.3111
Fax:  614.252.5265
Cell: 614.907.6208

Spotted Lanternfly – Checklist for Residents

Developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State University Extension, this checklist enables residents to look at all areas that could be harboring egg masses or other life stages of the Spotted Lanternfly. Ohio residents on the western Pennsylvania border should use this checklist to begin advance detection practices to try and limit the incursion of this pest into Ohio. The checklist not only tells you where to look for such things as egg masses, but provides detailed pictures of examples of the insect in its various life stages. Read more about this in the article, or see the Checklist.  

Monthly Housing Starts Data & Commentary

Following are two links to the Virginia Tech - U.S. Forest Service housing market commentaries for April 2020.  These files contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market.
Part 1: Main Report  
Part 2: Economic Conditions Report

The housing report is a free service of Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the U.S. Forest Service.  The reports are intended to help gauge future business activity. All past housing reports are here.

New Study Shows Agroforestry is “Win-Win”
For Bees and Crops

A recent study in England has shown the first observed evidence that agroforestry increases both pollinator numbers and pollination. This study could lead to changes in agriculture that could help stop the global decline in pollinators. Read about this interesting study in the Morning Ag Clips article.

Lake Vesuvius Campgrounds in
Wayne National Forest Closed for 2020

Due to a water main break, the Lake Vesuvius Campgrounds will be closed for 2020 and into 2021 while full repairs to the main line are being made. For all details, see the News Release from the Wayne National Forest.

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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