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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Ohio Forestry Association, Thursday, September 6, 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 an interesting article about a study which shows that “Go Paperless – Go Green” claims have fallen flat.
Appalachian Partnership, Inc. Looking For Wood Manufacturing Specialist
Applications are being accepted until Sept. 7, 2018, or until the position is filled, for a position with Appalachian Partnership, Inc. This position serves as the Wood Products Manufacturing Specialist responsible for working with value-added manufacturers in the lumber, architectural millwork, component and specialty wood products sectors, primarily in eastern Ohio, with occasional duties throughout the Appalachian Ohio region as applicable clients are defined. For complete details, see the Wood Manufacturing Specialist Description document.

Wayne National Forest Announces Forest Plan Revision Updates
The following News Release is from the desk of the Wayne National Forest Headquarters.
 
NELSONVILLE, Ohio (August 24, 2018) – The Wayne National Forest is announcing updates to its Forest Plan revision timeline and clarifying the range of opportunities for public involvement. The Forest Plan is a document that provides overall management direction and guidance for the Wayne National Forest.
 
The timeline for releasing a Draft Assessment and Need for Change has been revised to ensure the plan revision team can provide a quality product for the public’s review. In February 2019, our goal is to release the Draft Assessment and Need for Change for public review, which will be immediately followed by an official 45-day public comment period. The remainder of the timeline and official public comment periods for the revision process are identified on an information sheet available on the Forest Plan revision webpage.
 
“It has been several months since we held our initial public meetings to outline our plan revision process. This update is to ensure you that we are still in the early stages of the process and there will be ample time and opportunity for you to participate,” stated Forest Supervisor Tony Scardina. “Although there are official periods identified for public comment, I want to reiterate the public is welcomed to contact us any time if they have questions or comments, or have information, data, or research that will help us in the development of the assessment.”
 
On the first Wednesday of each month, the Forest Plan Revision Team holds two identical conference call and webinar updates at 12 p.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST. To join these calls, dial 1 (888) 844-9904 and enter the access code 296-1260#. Visit the Forest Plan revision webpage for a link to the webinar.
 
For information on the Forest Plan revision process, visit our webpage From the webpage, members of the public can submit comments, sign up for email alerts, find information on public meetings, and contact the revision team. Questions and comments can submitted to the Forest Plan Revision Team email.  Comments can also be submitted in writing to: Wayne National Forest Revision Team, 13700 US Hwy 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764. The team can be contacted by calling Team Leader Lori Swiderski at 740-753-0859. 
The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.
The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.

EPA Proposes Affordable Clean Energy Rule
On August 21st, the EPA proposed its long-awaited replacement for the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. The proposed rule is more lenient on the electric utility sector and essentially imposes energy efficiency requirements on coal-fired utilities. Individual states will be given more authority and flexibility in determining the actual emissions limits. The proposed rule does not include biomass as part of the Best System of Emissions Reduction (BSER) for utilities, but does include language promoting “carbon neutrality” by specifically stating, “EPA’s policy is to treat biogenic CO2 emissions resulting from the combustion of biomass from managed forests at stationary sources for energy production as carbon neutral.” See more on the proposed rule
Glatfelter Announces Agreement to Sell Specialty Papers Business Unit - Includes Chillicothe Paper Mill
On August 21, 2018, Glatfelter announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Specialty Papers Business Unit to Lindsay Goldberg. Lindsay Goldberg is a private investment firm that focuses on partnering with families, founders and long-term oriented management teams seeking to actively build their businesses. Read the details in the official news release from Glatfelter. 
Caterpillar Announces It Is Selling Purpose-Built Forestry Equipment Business to Weiler
Caterpillar announced last week that it has entered into a preliminary agreement to sell its purpose-built forestry machine business to Weiler. The sale is expected to close in early 2019 and includes the equipment lines of wheeled skidders, tracked feller-bunchers, wheeled feller-bunchers, and knuckleboom log loaders. Caterpillar’s press release stated the following:
 
LaGrange, GA – Caterpillar, Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced today that it has entered into a preliminary agreement with Weiler, Inc. to sell the Cat® purpose-built forestry business. The sale is subject to negotiation of a final agreement, the closing of which is expected by early 2019.

“We remain committed to supporting our forestry customers and the forestry industry,” said Tom Pellette, Caterpillar Construction Industries Group President. “The sale of the purpose-built forestry business enables Caterpillar and Weiler, through the dealer network, to serve the complete forestry industry while providing customers with the same outstanding sales and service support they’ve come to expect.”

Caterpillar will continue to provide forestry excavators designed for log loading, processing and other forestry applications, in addition to supplying core Caterpillar equipment to the forestry industry. Weiler will design and manufacture purpose-built forestry products, which will be available through the Cat and Prentice dealer networks.
The proposed sale includes the purpose-built forestry product line consisting of wheel skidders, track feller bunchers, wheel feller bunchers, knuckleboom loaders, and related operations facilities including the manufacturing plant and warehouse in LaGrange, Georgia, the demonstration and training center in Auburn, Alabama, and the legacy Prentice parts distribution center in Smithfield, North Carolina.

Founded in 2000, Weiler has a long-standing history of successfully manufacturing purpose-built equipment distributed through the Cat dealer network. Weiler currently produces an extensive portfolio of products and is a recognized manufacturer within paving, while also expanding into other industries.

 

“We believe that the purpose-built forestry product line is the ideal addition to our current product portfolio,” commented Pat Weiler, owner and founder of Weiler, Inc. “We have a proven track record of working with Cat dealers all over the world to respond rapidly to customers with specialized product needs. We are confident that our existing product line, our flexible design and manufacturing strategy, and our unrivaled customer focus will differentiate us within the forestry segment.”

It is anticipated that approximately 270 employees supporting the purpose-built forestry business will retain employment with Weiler. A small number of Caterpillar employees will continue to support forestry excavators and the existing forest products field population.
2018 NE Ohio Safety Expo - Friday, October 12 - Register Now!
The following is from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, announcing their 11th annual NE Ohio Safety Expo.
 
The 11th annual 2018 NE Ohio Safety Expo, co-sponsored by BWC’s Youngstown Service Office and Trumbull Career and Technical Center (TCTC), will offer 38 quality educational sessions  to benefit employers regardless of their business type and 50+ exhibitors promoting their products and services. The attached flyer includes all related details.
 
Conference details:
  • Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Trumbull Career and Technical Center, 528 Educational Highway, Warren OH 44483
Conference schedule:  
  • Registration 8 to 9 am
  • Expo begins 8 am
  • Educational sessions 9 am to 3:45 pm
  • Lunch 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
Cost is $35, which includes a continental breakfast and a box lunch
 
Continuing education:
  • Employers enrolled in the ISSP (Industry Specific Safety Program) can earn a loss prevention activity credit by attending three one-hour educational sessions. Please mark on the registration flyer if you are participating in the ISSP program so we can ensure you get the activity credit 
  • Application has been made for SHRM and HRCI credits and participants can earn one safety council external training credit and credit toward the two-hour group rating training requirement with submission of a certificate of attendance to a group sponsor to third party administrator
Registration:
 
For general questions on educational sessions or exhibitors contact David Costantino at 330-301-5825.
For registration questions, payment issues or help registering, contact Mary Kay Papas at 330-847-0503 Ext. 1600. 
The Economic Importance of U.S. Forests
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities prepared a very comprehensive report on the economic importance of our U.S. forests. The report uses data through 2016 and covers the following topics:
  • How Important is a healthy forest industry?
  • What is the U.S. share of the global forest products market?
  • What is the gross value of America’s forestry-related businesses? (much of this is broken down state-by-state)
  • How has the value of the forest products industry changed over time?
  • How has the forest products industry changed over time?
  • What is the value of U.S. trade in forest products?
  • What is the volume of wood products that Americans produce and use?

Lumberman's Outing
It's not to late to register for the upcoming Lumberman's Outing. Register here, or call OFA at 888-388-7337. 


Upcoming Events:
  • PVLC Meeting – Monday, Sep. 10, 2018 – 7:00 PM – Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting – Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018 – 7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018 – 7:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • 2018 Lumbermen’s Outing – Golf & Clay Shoot – 9:00 AM – Orrville, Ohio
  • NEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018 – 6:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • A Day in the Woods – Timber Harvesting – Things to consider – September 14th, 9 AM – 3:30 PM – Zaleski, Ohio

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