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Timber Talk 8/14/17

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, August 15, 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.

Architect Writes Op-Ed Espousing The Value Of Wood In Building
Dustin Davis, an architect in Arkansas, who is an advocate for “green” building design, wrote a very good article for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. A quote from the article reads “My bottom line is simple: we can’t afford to ignore this great natural resource – we really need to use forest products from well-managed forests because they help our economy and environment in ways that benefit society at large.” Read the full article here.

BioChar Research Showing Promise As Manure Lagoon Cover – As some entities in Ohio are investigating the manufacture of biochar from wood residuals, scientists in other areas are researching its use in different ways. One area being researched by Brian Dougherty and his colleagues, is using biochar to soak up excess soil nutrients and odors from manure lagoons. These nutrients could then be reapplied to farm fields, and there are obvious advantages to us humans for the removal of the strong ammonia odors that emanate from these lagoons. Read more about this research in the Morning Ag Clips article.

Iowa Dissolves Bureau of Forestry – SAF Presidents Write Letter Urging Reversal – In recent developments, the state government of Iowa made a decision to dissolve their Bureau of Forestry. This happens at a time when, for the first time in 40 years, Iowa’s forest lands were depleted faster than what was being replanted, mostly due to land conversion brought on by higher commodity prices for corn and soybeans. These are disturbing trends, both the loss of forestland and the non-understanding of the benefits that a strong statewide forestry program has on the benefits to the public of an entire state. SAF President, and Iowa State graduate, Fred Cubbage, wrote a very good article encouraging others to join him in trying to get Iowa’s governor to reverse this decision.

Economic Impact of Forest Products Industry to WV Economy
A new report has been released by West Virginia University’s Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, describing the economic contribution of the forest products industry to West Virginia’s economy. The report shows that in 2015, the total output of the industry had declined by an adjusted figure of $1.63 billion from 2005. See the details by reading the entire report.

Study Shows That Lignin Can Replace Phenol in Adhesives
A recent study by Michigan State University has proven that lignin, a byproduct of bioethanol and paper production, can completely replace petroleum base phenol in adhesives used in the housing construction industry.Read more about this exciting development.

Fascinating Woodland Fungi Program – September 15, 2017 – OSU Mansfield
The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program will be hosting a seminar on collecting and identifying woodland fungi at the Ohio State University’s Mansfield Campus. The seminar will take place from 9:00 to 3:00 and will include a couple outdoor fungi collection times, so come prepared for the weather. Registration is $35 which includes lunch and class materials. See the brochure for complete details and registration information.

East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter
Here is the East Central Ohio Forestry Association September 2017 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, as well as a schedule of upcoming events. This newsletter contains an account of the talk given by special guest, Matthew Smith, from the Division of Parks and Watercraft, who talked about the Wild, Scenic, and Recreational Rivers of Northeast Ohio.

Other Upcoming Events:

  • 2nd 2017 Lumber Grading Short Course - 8/14 thru 8/17 2017 – Yoder Lumber Company, Millersburg, Ohio
  • Logging Standards Council Meeting – 8/16/17 – 5:00 PM – Columbus, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – 9/6/17 – 7:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • A Day in the Woods – Second Friday Series – Improve Your Woodlot – 9/8/17 – 9:00 AM – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • PVLC Meeting – 9/11/17 – 7:00 PM – Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting – 9/12/17 – 7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
  • Lumbermen’s Outing – 9/13/17 – 9:00 AM
  • NEOLC Meeting – 9/13/17 – 6:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting – 9/14/17 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio
  • ECOLC Meeting – 9/18/17 – 7:00 PM – Millersburg, Ohio

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