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Timber Talk 12/18/17

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, December 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.

ATTENTION: OFA Office Closed for Holidays
The Ohio Forestry Association office will be closed for the week that includes Christmas and New Years beginning Monday, December 25, 2017. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Last Timber Talk Newsletter for 2017
Due to the upcoming holidays and office staff vacations, this will be the final Timber Talk Newsletter for this year. We hope that this newsletter is useful and informational to our members. As always, we appreciate any and all feedback on the content that we put in this informational outlet. We truly hope that we are putting something for everyone in these weekly (almost) editions.

Coming up in January Timber Talks

  •  Information on the upcoming OFA Annual Winter Meeting
  • Changes at the OFA Office (small negatives, big positives, mostly just change)
  • Legislative/Policy updates
  • Are forest landowners struggling with oil/gas lease issues?
  • OFA 2017 Year-In-Review

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 edition includes a global timber and wood markets update. See the complete newsletter here.

Muskingum River Woodlands Interest Group (MRWIG) Newsletter
MRWIG has distributed their November/December 2017 newsletter. Read it to see their upcoming schedule and a write-up on the presentation at their last meeting by Andrew Lybbert from OSU, on the effects that non-native plants have on plant and pollinator communities.

Dovetail Partners December “Outlook” Newsletter
The December issue of Dovetail Partners “Outlook” newsletter is a year-end review of reports and news articles of pertinence to the forest products industry. This edition can be viewed here. "The Outlook" is the monthly e-newsletter of Dovetail Partners, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit corporation.

Pallet Enterprise Classifieds
Here is a recent offering of classified ads from Pallet Enterprise. These classifieds consist of machinery, lumber, job openings, etc.

From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture 
Following is “The Big Picture” from the January 2018 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the outlook for anticipated strong demand, both domestically and for export markets, for 2018.

The New Year should usher in another good year for the U.S. and world economies, and with it, excellent demand for wood products of all kinds. The economic boom in the U.S. will accelerate with the passage of the tax package, as just the “expectation” of lower taxes helped propel annualized GDP growth to 3.3% in Q3. Optimism among small companies in the U.S. advanced last month to the highest level in more than 34 years (Bloomberg), and steady consumer confidence and employment gains will keep the housing industry busy. Housing starts rose 10% in Oct before seasonal adjustment and 14% with the seasonal fudge. While 80% of the Oct increase was in multi-family starts, single-family starts were still up 8% for the year, and home prices remain at record levels. Elsewhere, the Chinese economy will continue to churn and GDP forecasts have been upgraded for 13 Eurozone countries (Focus Economics).

Cabinet sales for domestic manufacturers will finish the year slightly ahead of the 2016 pace, though it appears rising imports derailed what would have been stellar growth. The biggest news for at least the first part of the year will be strengthening low-grade markets, and the biggest issue will be the growing impacts of log exports on domestic sawmill production and profitability.

“Side Project” Turns Into Christmas Tree Farm
I am sure that there are some of you that can relate first hand to the way things played out for a family in GA that planted a few Christmas Trees as a fun little side project, then had it morph into a full-fledged business. See how this transition happened for a family in the article published by the Morning Ag Clips Farming News.

East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter
Here is the East Central Ohio Forestry Association January 2018 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, as well as a schedule of upcoming events. Highlights in this issue include a recap of their quest speaker at the last meeting, Jay Palmer, who explained how pipe organs are made by the company he works for, AR Schopp’s Sons Inc., of Alliance, Ohio.

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

USDA Holding REAP Grant Educational Meetings
USDA’s Ohio Rural Development Program will be holding educational meetings for their Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants in several cities in Ohio in the month of January, 2018. These grants can offset up to 25% of the total project costs for an energy efficiency or renewable energy project. See the flyer for information on the dates, times and locations of these free meetings.

Timbeter Offering Year-End Membership Deals
Timbeter, a log and pulpwood pile volume measuring app, has been reported on a few times over the past 2 years in the Timber Talk Newsletter. They have recently contacted us with three year-end deals. See the following deals, then email Anna-Greta Tsahka. For more information on Timbeter, visit their website.

  • Offer #1 - Subscribe to an annual membership with Timbeter and save €300! Unlock unlimited timber management potential and take as many pictures as you need without limits!
  • Offer #2 - Prefer to have a free tablet instead to manage your timber measurements? Then why not subscribe to our annual membership and we’ll send a free smart tablet* to your address!
  • Offer #3 - Don’t require unlimited pictures for a year? No problem! Until 31st December 2017 buy 50 pictures and we’ll give you 50% extra for free!

Benefits of an Annual Membership:

  • uninterrupted usage
  • more cost-effective per picture
  • unlimited pictures
  • free tablet or €300 off
  • unlock additional features including log-by-log reporting and active storage status
  • lock in your price until 2019

Don’t miss out!

Ohio Forest Economy Figures for 2015
Sayeed Mehmood, Forest Economist with the Ohio State University, recently updated the economic impact statistics for Ohio’s Forest Products Industry. Please see the trifold brochure that describes what sectors the jobs and impacts of the $26.3 billion industry lay in.

Upcoming Events:

  • NWOLC Meeting – 1/2/18 – 6:00 PM – Place TBD
  • SOLC Meeting – 1/9/18 – 7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
  • NWOLC Meeting – 1/9/18 – 6:00 PM– Place TBD
  • MRVLC Meeting – 1/10/18 – 7:00 PM– McConnellsville, Ohio
  • MRWIG Winter Tree ID Workshop – 1/20/18 – 10:00 AM – Blue Rock State Forest HQ (6665 Cutler Lake Road, Blue Rock, OH 43720)

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