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Timber Talk 11/20/17

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, November 21, 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. See the complete newsletter here. 

Keep Ohio Beautiful Presents Environmental Awards
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced 2 Keep Ohio Beautiful awards. One recognized an Athens County law enforcement officer and the other went to  a nonprofit organization for their support in making southeast Ohio a better place to live, work, and play. Read the entire news release for details.

Monthly Housing Starts Data & Commentary
Following are two links to the Virginia Tech - U.S. Forest Service housing market commentaries for September 2017.  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.

Kentucky Forest Industry Association (KFIA) November 2017 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 November newsletter. Thanks to former OFA president, Rob McCarthy for forwarding us this information.

East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter
Here is the East Central Ohio Forestry Association December 2017 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, as well as a schedule of upcoming events. Highlights in this issue include excerpts from their speaker’s presentation on the “Fall and Rise of Bald Eagles in Ohio”.

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

Bryan Etzler, Tinora High School of Defiance, Ohio
John Bennett of Columbus, Ohio
Karla Sexton, Village of Swanton, Swanton, Ohio
James Young, Krummholz Forest of Beach City, Ohio

Dovetail Partners November “Outlook” Newsletter
The November issue of Dovetail Partners “Outlook” newsletter contains an interesting article titled “New Project to Recognize Urban Forestry and Urban Wood Utilization” , as well as other informative topics. This edition can be viewed here. "The Outlook" is the monthly e-newsletter of Dovetail Partners, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit corporation.

From The Hardwood Leader - The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the December 2017 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the continuing strong hardwood demand into 2018, driven by improving U.S. and global economies.

Hardwood demand will continue to be strong into 2018, driven by im¬proving U.S. and global economies. U.S. unemployment reached a 17-year low in Oct, while consumer confidence reached a 17-year high. Home values have increased steadily across the coun¬try in 2017, driven by competition for a limited supply of homes, and values are projected to grow by nearly 5% in 2018. New U.S. home sales surged 18.9% in Sep to a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate of 667,000 units—the highest lev¬el in a decade. Post-hurricane rebuild¬ing and remodeling efforts in Texas and Florida will accelerate early in 2018, in¬creasing hardwood demand. Proposed federal tax cuts, if enacted and tweaked to preserve housing-related deductions, could lead to increased spending on homes and furnishings, also driving de¬mand for hardwoods.

Sawmills report strong order files for the balance of the year, with some exporters already holding orders ex¬tending well in Q1 2018. Sep was the largest month in history for hardwood lumber exports, and many contacts in¬dicate Oct and Nov sales were even stronger. We expect hardwood log and lumber exports to remain strong in 2018, led by Asia, but with additional growth in Europe and Latin America, as well. Eurozone and Mexican GDP are each projected to grow 2-3%.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Deadline – March 31, 2018
The next deadline for accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program is March 31, 2018. As you know, this program is designed to assist rural, small, for-profit businesses 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 input 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. Applicants can request a grant and a loan guarantee for the same project, however Federal participation cannot exceed 75% of the eligible project costs.  Grants can range from $1,500 to $500,000 with loan guarantees up to $10,000,000.

Previously, REAP 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 been assisted through high efficiency lighting; improvements to their HVAC systems; and 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 to complete for your project, please contact one of the persons listed below:

Christie Hooks   614-255-2397
Jennifer Brown  614-255-2423
Randy Monhemius  614-255-2424

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:
SEOLC Meeting – 12/13/17 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
NEOLC Meeting – 12/13/17 – 5:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
SOFA Christmas Dinner & Annual Business Meeting – 12/14/17 – Lake White Club – Waverly, Ohio

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