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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Monday, February 26, 2018

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 very good article from the National Alliance of Forest Owners explaining what a “working forest” is. See the complete newsletter here.

The Ohio Hetuch Winter Newsletter
The Ohio Hetuch is the newsletter of the Ohio chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). This newsletter recaps their summer meeting, gives all the details on their upcoming winter meeting on March 28-29, 2018, and has a very nice article on Golden Eagle research in southern Ohio. Read the newsletter for all the most recent SAF news.

Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) Forestry Summit
Following is the news release from the recent MGA Regional Forestry Summit, “Maximizing Forestry Resources in the Midwest”

February 22, 2018
Contact: Jeff Ewart 202-367-1112 
MGA Holds Regional Forestry Summit
Maximizing Forestry Resources in the Midwest
Madison, WI - The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) recently concluded its regional forestry summit that concluded Gov. Scott Walker's chairmanship of the association. The meeting, Maximizing Forestry Resources in the Midwest,
brought together governors' staff, state DNR staff, state foresters, federal partners, trade groups, private industry, NGOs, and academia to promote the economic, recreational, and tourism benefits of the regions' forests. 
"Our forests, in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest are some of our greatest resources," said Governor Scott Walker. "By working together, states can maintain our excellent reputation as a great outdoor activity destination for families, while also helping forestry grow by employing hardworking Midwesterners and contributing to each of our states' economies."
Topics covered at this event included expanding economic growth in the forestry industry, how wood is making a comeback in the building industry, how technology is creating new uses for Midwestern forests, Midwestern forestry management, and a roundtable discussion on the top issues facing Midwestern state foresters.
Jesse Heier, executive director of the MGA, said "Midwestern forests help make the Midwest the best place to live. They provide jobs and activities in all four seasons and keep our region beautiful."
Attendees also toured the Forest Products Laboratory, a part of the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Products Laboratory is working toward new utilizations of science and technology to better help the United States achieve energy security, revitalize our economy in the 21st Century, create jobs, successfully compete in the global economy, and sequester carbon with forest products.

More information about the meeting is available here.

WSRI Announces Collaboration With Team Safe Trucking
WSRI, the Wood Supply Research Institute, of which OFA’s Logging Standards Council is a member, recently announced that they will be helping to fund the development and completion of a log trucking safety and awareness curriculum. This development will include up to five on-line modules, and is expected to be completed in late 2018. Team Safe Trucking began working on this project to address what has often been dubbed as a “crisis” in the trucking segment of the wood supply chain. WSRI will contribute $25,000 in manpower and materials to this project. These modules will be rolled out to our Ohio Master Logging Companies as they are developed. OFA’s Logging Standards Council membership to WSRI is supported by a contributions from the Hummel Group, and insurance company OFA member.

Ohio State Introduces Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence
OSU’s Kelly O’Bryant recently sent out information introducing Ohio State University’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME). She states “CDME is an applied engineering and commercialization center established by the College of Engineering within The Ohio State University to provide support to manufacturing companies in the State of Ohio. CDME provides industry partners with a simple, expeditious vehicle to access the technical assets of the university and surrounding research community”. See all the details about this exciting new program for helping small businesses in this flyer.

CareWorksComp Partner Newsletter-All Things BWC
Here is the February 2018 edition of the CareWorksComp Partner Newsletter. CareWorksComp is OFA’s Group Ratings BWC provider. This newsletter provides “Important Dates and Deadlines”, information on upcoming seminars, info on BWC’s Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, as well as other topics relevant to all employers.

Upcoming Events

  • LSC Meeting – Tuesday, 2/27/18 – 5:00 PM – Dublin Embassy Suites, Dublin, Ohio
  • OFA Annual Meeting Registration – Tuesday, 2/27/18 – 4:00 PM – Dublin Embassy Suites, Dublin, Ohio
  • OFA Annual Meeting & Tree Farm Luncheon – Wednesday, 2/28/18 – 8:00 AM – Dublin Embassy Suites, Dublin, Ohio
  • OFA Executive Committee and Board Meetings - Thursday, 3/1/18 – 8:00 AM and 10:00 respectively– Dublin Embassy Suites, Dublin, Ohio
  • 2018 Ohio Woodland, Water & Wildlife Conference – 3/7/18 – Mid Ohio Conference Center – Mansfield, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting – 3/13/18 – 7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
  • Best Management Practices – 3/22/18 – 8:00 AM – Fernwood State Forest-Bloomingdale, Ohio
  • Chainsaw Level 1 – 3/23/18 – 8:00 AM – Fernwood State Forest-Bloomingdale, Ohio

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