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Timber Talk 9/18/17

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, September 19, 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.

Paul Bunyan Show – October 6, 7, 8, 2017
The 2017 version of the Paul Bunyan Show, presented by Husqvarna, is right around the corner. It will he held for the 12th consecutive year at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds in Old Washington, Ohio. The show grounds will be packed with exhibitors looking to provide you with the perfect opportunity to check out their equipment and compare it to others on the grounds. It is also a great place and time to strike up a good deal on something that you want or need.

All of the usual events will be taking place including; Lumberjack Competitions, Log Loader Competition, Skid Steer Rodeo, Log Truck Show, Portable Sawmill Shootout, Great Lakes Timber Show, Educational Seminars, Equipment Demonstrations, Chainsaw Carvers, Chainsaw Carvings, Live Music from Barefoot McCoy, great Food Vendors, and other happenings.

One new exhibit this year at the Show is House-O-Saws, an antique chainsaw exhibit and demonstration. If you want to see chainsaws that you, your dad, or your grandfather used 50 or 60 years ago, this exhibit will be the place to see them in operation. House-O-Saws will be doing live cutting demos with some of their many antique saws at scheduled times throughout the 3 days.

For all the details and a complete schedule for the show, visit the OFA website. See you there!

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 has a couple interesting articles on the effects of the recent hurricanes on the upward trend in Lumber and OSB pricing. See this week’s complete newsletter.

From The Hardwood Leader - The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the October 2017 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the current upswing in log exports to China that has been an area of conversation and concern recently with log and lumber producers in Ohio.

“Most in the hardwood industry expect good business to continue into next year. At the same time, even with prices for key items well above recent years, sawmill owners report ongoing difficulties turning profits, with log costs the most oft-cited reason. The result has been a wholesale shift over the last 12 months in the number of sawmills shipping more logs than they saw. While total year-over-year log exports through Jul were up only slightly from 2016 (+0.7%), that big-picture number masks dramatic increases in some species to some markets. Jul Red Oak log shipments to China were more than 4 times larger than in 2015, and year-to-date totals were up 114% from
2016. Walnut, White Oak, Maple and Birch log shipments to China were up 60% or more year-over-year through Jul. With China prohibiting logging on its own forests, and the Russians sharply restricting log exports, China’s log demand isn’t likely to abate.

Demand for Red Oak, White Oak, Ash, Hard Maple and Poplar will stay strong through year-end, even with the peak housing and remodeling season passed, as foreign buyers ramp up fall purchasing and log/labor supplies limit sawmill response. Harvey and Irma rebuilding should give a winter lift to flooring and cabinet demand in what
would otherwise be a slow season.”

Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter
Here is the September 2017 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains information about their next meeting topic, which will be a panel discussion on tree planting, moderated by consulting forester, Jim Elze.

Master Logger Recertification at the Paul Bunyan Show
Anyone needing recertification classes for the Master Logging Company Program will have the opportunity to do so at the Paul Bunyan Show on Friday, October 6, 2017. If you attend this session, you will meet the 3-year training recertification requirements for the program. Register here.

East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter
Here is the East Central Ohio Forestry Association October 2017 Newsletter.
As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, as well as a schedule of upcoming events. Highlights in this issue include information from Matt Shumar, representing the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, concerning managing your lights during bird migration and managing your forest for birds, as well as information on the upcoming Tree Farm of the Year Tour at Hepatica Falls Tree Farm.

Superior Hardwoods of Ohio Featured in “Woods to Mill”
OFA member, Superior Hardwoods of Ohio, was recently featured in a “Member Spotlight” section of the “Woods to Mill” newsletter published by the Forest Resource Association. See the article here. .

Lumber Grading Short Course in Southern Ohio October 2-6
The National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA), in cooperation with the Ohio Forestry Association (OFA), the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), and OSU Extension, will be conducting a Lumber Grading Short Courses at the OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio, October 2-5, 2017, followed by a 1 day Yield Analysis Course on October 6. More details and on-line registration for this course can be found here.

Public Comments Invited for Buckeye Trail and North Country Trail Reroutes
The Wayne National Forest Athens Ranger District is seeking public feedback on a proposal to reroute sections of the Buckeye Trail/North Country Trail (BT/NCT) and construct community trails in the vicinity of Tecumseh Lake Picnic Area. The proposed project area is located on the Athens Ranger District in southern Perry County near the communities of Shawnee and New Straitsville. If approved, the BT/NCT Reroute Project – Destination Shawnee would authorize 6.4 miles of new trail routes for the BT/NCT and 1.8 miles of community trails that directly connect to the Village of Shawnee. For more details on the proposal and on how to register your comments, see this News Release.

Upcoming Events:

  • Farm Science Review – 9/19-21/17 – London, Ohio
  • MRWIG Field Day – 9/23/17 -10:00 AM – McGee Farm, Philo, Ohio
  • Lumber Grading Short Course – 10/2 – 10/6, 2017 – OSU South Centers, Piketon, Ohio
  • Paul Bunyan Show – 10/6–8/17 – Guernsey County Fairgrounds
  • Master Logger Recertification Class – 10/6/17 – Paul Bunyan Show, Guernsey County Fairgrounds
  • PVLC Loggers Chapter Meeting – 10/9/17 – 7:00 PM, Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SOLC Loggers Chapter Meeting – 10/11/17 – 7:00 PM, Jackson, Ohio
  • Tree Farm of the Year Tour – 10/21/17 – 10:00 AM – Hepatica Falls Tree Farm, Tippecanoe, Ohio
  • Best Management Practices – Fall 8-Hour Session – 10/26/17 – Scioto Trail State Forest, Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Chainsaw Level 1 – Fall 8-Hour Session – 10/27/17 – Scioto Trail State Forest, Chillicothe, Ohio

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