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Posted By Denise Foster, Monday, March 4, 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 about cancer predictors and tumor formations found in tree DNA. See the complete newsletter.        


Dovetail Partners January “The Outlook” Newsletter
The February issue of Dovetail Partners “The Outlook” newsletter has a good article on whether or not to replace that aging refrigerator that still works. See the newsletter for this and other interesting articles.  "The Outlook" is the monthly e-newsletter of Dovetail Partners, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit corporation


Market For Hickory Sawmill Chips
Kirtland Products in Boyne City, Michigan is looking for hickory chips from sawmill, de-barked slabs. Loads would need to be delivered in walking-floor trailers. They could use 10 loads immediately, and 4-5 per month thereafter. If you are interested in supplying all or part of their need, contact Paul Smoot at 231-675-3659.


Winter PLM LumberMemo
Read the Winter Edition of Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company’s LumberMemo Newsletter. It discusses their year-end financial performance, and discusses safety topics pertinent to the lumber industry. 


Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants - April 1, 2019 Deadline
The following information on grants designed to assist rural, small, for-profit businesses and agricultural producers install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements to their operations, comes from the desk of Randy Monhemius, Business Program Specialist with USDA, Rural Development.

Rural Development is accepting applications for the Rural Energy For America Program. The next application deadline is April 1, 2019. This application deadline is for projects which request $20,000 or less and for projects which request up to $500,000.

In brief, this program is designed to assist rural, small, for-profit business and agricultural producers install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements to their operations. These types of improvements can help eligible applicants control energy costs and improve the overall profitability of their operations. The grant program can cover up to 25% of the eligible project costs while the loan guarantee can cover up to 75% of the eligible project costs. Federal participation cannot exceed 75% of eligible project costs.

Grants can range from $1,500 to $500,000 with loan guarantees up to $25,000,000.

In previous years, this program has helped farmers replace grain dryers; fans and lights for livestock operations; and install solar PV arrays to help offset electrical consumption. Small businesses have benefited through high efficiency lighting; improvements to HVAC systems; and the installation of a renewable energy system to help offset electrical consumption.

Additional information can be found at: Rural Energy for America Program.

Should you be interested in discussing a specific project or in receiving an application for your project, please contact one of the persons listed below:
Jennifer Brown - 614-255-2423
Randy Monhemius - 614-255-2424


Prescribed Fire Brings Life to the Wayne National Forest
The Wayne National Forest uses prescribed fire to as a tool to help maintain healthy oak forests. Here are the anticipated burn schedules for the Athens and Ironton Ranger Districts. The “Burn Window” for these areas is approximately from February 27 through April 30, 2019 for Athens, and February 28 through May 31, 2019 for Ironton.


Fix Our Roads Ohio Coalition (FOR Ohio)
The Ohio Forestry Association is keeping abreast of the work of FOR Ohio as the coalition goes to work educating Ohioans and legislative leaders about the issues with our road and bridge infrastructure. These issues are a concern to anyone moving forest products. See the information on this topic recently put out by FOR Ohio in the this flyer.


Ohio City Could Score Tallest Timber Frame Building in U.S. in 2021
Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors LLC is planning on building a 10-story office tower as part of a multi-building project near the West Side Market in Cleveland, Ohio. You can read about it or you can come to the OFA Annual Meeting on Thursday March 7, 2019 to hear and see a presentation on this project by Dan Whalen and Steve Willobee of Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors. 


Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in February. 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

  •  Carolyn Caron from Millersburg, Ohio
  • Joe Donaldson from Columbus Grove, Ohio
  • Chris Fry from Neffs, Ohio
  • Mark Helmuth from Howard, Ohio
  • Trent Kahle from Lima, Ohio

Contractor

  • Nicholas Grubbs of Valley View Logging from Minerva, Ohio
  • Craig Saylor of CT Saylor Trucking LLC from Oak Hill, Ohio

Student

  • Caitlyn Dineen from Concord Twp, Ohio

Upcoming Events:

  • Logging Standards Council Meeting – Wednesday, March 6 – 3:00 PM, University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Annual Meeting “Kick-Off” Reception - Wednesday, March 6 – 5:00 PM, Ohio Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Annual Meeting - Thursday, March 7 – 8:00 AM, University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Executive Committee Meeting - Friday, March 8 – 8:00 AM, University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Board of Trustees Meeting - Friday, March 8 – 10:00 AM, University Area Marriott – Columbus, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting – Tuesday, March 12 – 7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
  • CSAW Custom Class – Wednesday, March 20 – 5:00-9:00 PM - Urbana, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, March 21 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio
  • BMP’s for Logging in Ohio - Thursday, March 21 – 8:00 AM – Bloomingdale, Ohio
  • CSAW Level 1 for Loggers - Friday, March 22 – 8:00 AM – Bloomingdale, Ohio

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