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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Friday, November 17, 2017
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Important Notice: OFA's 614 area code phone and fax numbers have changed! The new phone number is 1-888-38-TREES (888-388-7337). The new fax number is 740-452-2552. Please update your records accordingly and change any speed dials you might have set up for us.

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. Included in the last 2 week’s newsletter are remarks by Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, on the U.S. House of Representative’s passage of the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, and a great visual resource called: From A to Z, We use #EveryPartOfTheTree. See these complete newsletters here and here.

NRCS Announces EQIP Application Deadline for FY 2018
November 17, 2017 – The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a deadline for applying for Environmental Quality Improvement Grants (EQIP) in Ohio. For the Fiscal Year 2018, these applications must be in by November 17, 2017. These grants provide cost sharing for Forestry Practices that include: Brush Management, Herbaceous Weed Treatment, Critical Area Planting, Mulching, Tree/Shrub Site Preparation, Tree/Shrub Establishment, Upland Wildlife Habitat Management, Structures for Wildlife, and Forest Stand Improvement. Visit the Ohio NRCS site for more information.

Room to Grow: Positive Future Ahead for Forest Products Industry through Advocacy
Paul Noe, Vice President of Public Policy for the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), recently wrote a very good article touting the size and economic impact of the forest products industry in our country, while also outlining some of the challenges facing the industry now and into the future. Read his full article here.

Tax Reform: Just The Facts
We have all been hearing and reading about the proposed tax reforms that are being proposed in Congress, but how will they affect the forest products industry? The following link shows tax reform in its most simplistic view. Read it to see what our industry is expecting with proper tax reform.

Work Safe
Here is a WORK SAFE pdf from a recent edition of The Northern Logger & Timber Processor. This edition includes a truck driver being hurt unloading frozen sawmill residuals, a worker falling 60 feet while working on a chip silo, a sawmill worker crushed on a conveyor, and an equipment managed killed by a helicopter. Use the recommendations and learnings from these examples to make a safer work environment for yourself and/or your employees.

Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA) November e-Newsletter
For those of you on Ohio’s eastern border, you may be interested in some of the information in the PFA November 2017 e-newsletter. This issue highlights their recent PFA Annual Meeting.

Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter
Here is the November 2017 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains information about their next meeting topic, which will a presentation on Hidden Treasures in the Woodland Understory, by Interpretive Naturalist, Joe Malmisur. It also recaps their last meeting and has a schedule of events for upcoming meetings, training sessions, etc.

Upcoming Events:

  • Chainsaw Level 2 – 8-Hour Session – 11/17/17 – Maumee State Forest, Swanton, Ohio
  • A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series -Evening Stargazing – 11/17/17 – 6:30 PM – Vinton Furnace State Forest

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