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3/4/2020 to 3/5/2020
When: March 4-5, 2020
12:00 PM
Where: Marriott Columbus University Area
3100 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio  43202
United States
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2020 OFA Annual Meeting
March 4-5, 2020
Marriott Columbus University Area, Columbus, Ohio

Telling the Story of Ohio's Hardwoods


Wednesday, March 4, 2020





1:00 pm

Registration Opens



Exhibitors Setup



Silent Auction Setup


2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Forest Advisory Council Meeting


3:00 pm – 4:40 pm

Logging Standards Council Meeting


4:45 pm

Bus departs for Opening Reception at the Jack Nicklaus Museum. The bus will depart approximately every 20 minutes until 5:45 pm

5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for our Opening Reception and Museum tour. The reception will be held at the Jack Nicklaus Museum. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

7:00 pm

Bus departs the Jack Nicklaus Museum to return to the Marriott. The bus will depart approximately every 20 minutes until 8:30 pm




Thursday, March 5, 2020


9:00 am

Keynote Speaker, Dana Lee Cole, Hardwood Federation

Dana will discuss the Real American Hardwood Promotion, a timely marketing campaign for the Appalachian Hardwood Industry.


9:30 am

State of Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Assistant Director Steve Gray, ODNR

Assistant ODNR Director will update the OFA membership on the department’s activities and direction, especially as it relates to Forestry and Wildlife


10:00 am

State of the Division of Forestry – Chief Dan Balser, ODNR Division of Forestry

Chief of the Ohio Division of Forestry will update attendees on the programs and activities of the Division of Forestry.



10:30 am



11:00 am

*811 Regulations for Ohio – Marathon Petroleum and Ohio 811

Oil & Gas and OHIO811 professionals will discuss all things related to rules and regulations on any type of dirt excavation. From logging around oil & gas lines, to digging a hole for your mailbox post. We may even play a little “Wheel of Fortune” in this presentation.


11:45 am

Industry Awards Luncheon








2:00 pm

Directions for Hardwood Lumber in the US and Ohio - Matt Bumgardner, US Forest Service

Matt will update attendees on hardwood trade and consumption trends for the US and Ohio.

Woodland Owner/Timber Trespass and Theft – Jim Savage, Attorney and Ohio Tree Farmer and Mark Rickey, ODNR Division of Forestry

Jim and Mark will discuss the various forms of property ownership and talk about the issue of timber trespass and theft, bringing us up to date on the current happenings in this regard.

2:45 pm

Hardwood Lumber Market Conditions – Andy Johnson, Hardwood Market Report

Andy will discuss current market conditions and share his insights on what the future holds for Ohio’s hardwood industry.

The Latest with American Chestnut Restoration - Sara Fitzsimmons, The American Chestnut Foundation

There has been a lot of work done to create an American chestnut that is blight free. There have been some recent adjustments in this regard and Sara will be updating us about the current status of restoring the American

Chestnut to the American landscape.

3:15 pm



3:45 pm

US Trade Policy under Trump – Tiffany Smith, Mayer Brown LLP

Tiffany will give the attendees an inside look at understanding America’s trade policy under President Trump.

Is It Time to Harvest Your Timber? How do you know? – David Apsley, OSU Extension

Harvests are a key part of managing a woodlands and Dave will be sharing how best to handle this part of managing our woodlands.

4:30 pm

Future Markets for American Hardwoods, Mike Snow, American Hardwood Export Council

Mike will discuss current and future markets for American hardwoods.

Forest Carbon Sequestration – Gary Kaster, Forest and Carbon Project Services, LLC and Cassie Ridenour, Ohio Tree Farmer

Climate change and carbon sequestration are much discussed topics and Gary and Cassie will discuss forest carbon sequestration starting with the basics to give us all a better understanding of this subject.

5:30 pm

President's Reception


Make your hotel reservations by Feb 18
at the Marriott Columbus University Area
3100 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus OH 43202
(614) 447-9777
. Ask for the Special OFA rate of $142 plus tax.
Or book your room here.

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