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2020 Annual Meeting
March 4-5, 2020
Marriott University Area
Columbus, OH

Stay tuned, details are still being arranged for the 2020 Annual Meeting

The reception will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at the Jack Nicklaus Museum

Hotel reservations can be made at the Marriott 614-447-9777.
Be sure to ask for the group rate of $142 plus tax per night


2019 Annual Meeting Recap

March 6-7, 2019

The 2019 Annual Meeting was a huge success and a good time was had by all. The event began on Wednesday with a "Kick Off" Reception held in the University Suite at The Ohio Stadium, home of THE Ohio State Buckeyes. Attendees had a great time networking with other industry professionals, enjoying hors d'oeuvres and cocktails and most braved the cold and took a stadium tour which included the press box and the field. Special thanks to Superior Hardwoods of Ohio, A&M Kiln Dry, Troyer Hardwoods, Appalachian Partnership, Inc., Butler Wood Products, Columbus Equipment Co., Farrow Lumber Company and Mullican Flooring for helping to sponsor this event.

The meeting continued on Thursday with sessions geared towards industry personnel, tree farmers and landowners. After a continental breakfast sponsored by BTG Pactual, Halliday Lumber and Yoder Lumber attendees were ready to get down to business. There were plenty of exhibitors to visit with. Employees from Appalachian Partnership, Inc. Association of Consulting Foresters, Columbus Equipment Co. eLIMBS, Fumigation Service & Supply, Hunting Land Advisors, Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Nyle Dry Kilns, ODNR - Division of Forestry, Ohio Forestry Association, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Ricer Equipment Co., Rudd Equipment Co., Sawmill MD, SII Dry Kilns, U-C Coatings were all on hand to discuss their products and services with attendees.

The Keynote speaker of the day was the new Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Mary Mertz, who discussed her vision for the future of the ODNR as it relates to forestry and wildlife. Director Mertz was followed by Sayeed Mehmood, Forest Economist for The Ohio State University, who discussed the economic impact of forest products in Ohio. After a short break to visit the exhibitors and check out the Ohio Tree Farm Committee Silent Auction, attendees were able to hear about the State of the Division of Forestry from Chief, Dan Balser. Chief Balser was followed by Matt Baumgardner of the US Forest Service. Matt discussed hardwood trade and consumption trends with the group.

After a morning of interesting topics and networking with exhibitors and industry peers, everyone was ready for a good meal. Thanks to Tiverton Timber for sponsoring the Luncheon. After lunch the festivities continued with the introduction of the 2019-2020 Ohio Forestry Association, Board of Director President, Adam Conway of Superior Hardwoods of Ohio. President Conway addressed the membership and thanked outgoing President Randy Bates for his service to the Association. After the passing of the gavel an awards banquet in which those who have contributed significantly to our forestry community and industry were recognized as well as the Logger of the Year and the Tree Farm of the Year. The Logger of the Year award was presented to Mr. James Beadnell of  James E. Beadnell Logging. Mr. Beadnell was nominated for this award by ODNR Service Forester, Jeremy Scherf. Following a long time tradition, the remaining conservation awards were presented by OFA treasurer Dave Bergman. The first conservation award winner was Mr. Ryan Waid of Black Tree Forestry. Ryan was recognized as the Outstanding Individual in Private Service. The winner of the Outstanding Individual in Industry award was presented to Mr. Pete Miller of Sheoga Hardwoods. The next award was the Outstanding Logger Activist Award which was presented to Mr. Michael Gaus of Pixelle Specialty Solutions for his outstanding work with the Master Logger program and the Logging Standards Council. The next awards was the Outstanding Individual in Government Service which was awarded to Mr. John Kehn, Forester for the ODNR. And last but not least the Outstanding Individual in Conservation Education was presented to Ms. Sue Wintering for her amazing work with Project Learning Tree. That concluded the conservation awards portion of the ceremony and the microphone was turned over to the Ohio Tree Farm Committee for their portion of the banquet.

OTFC Vice Chair, Cassie Ridenour took the stage and presented their first award of the day to the Mechling Family of Snowy Oak Tree Farm. The Mechlings were recognized as the 2019 Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year recipients. They will be hosting a Tree Farm Tour on September 21st at their tree farm in Ashtabula County, Ohio. Watch their video to learn more about their outstanding tree farm. The Ohio Tree Farm Committee also recognized Mr. Jake Peer, of Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District as the 2019 Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year. The final recognition on behalf of OTFC was for Randy and Koral Clum of Hepatica Falls Tree Farm, who have had the honor of being named the 2018 National Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year. Randy and Koral were presented with a sign. The sign was presented to them by Mr. John Schmidt, who was the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year in 1989.

After lunch and the awards presentation, it was time to get back to work. The afternoon sessions began with a presentation by Steve Willobee of Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors about some exciting Cross Laminated Timber construction currently taking place in Cleveland. This is the first of it's kind in Ohio. While industry personnel were listening to Mr. Willobee, Tree Farmers and landowners were learning about generational planning for your land from Chris Schiefer of Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services. The next speaker was Mr. David Caldwell of the Hardwood Market Report who reported on current market conditions and what the future holds for the hardwood industry. Meanwhile in the landowner session, attendees were learning about wildlife habitat from Lee Crocker of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The next industry topic was presented by Mike Snow of the American Hardwood Export Council. Mr. Snow shared his knowledge of current and future markets for American Hardwoods. Landowners were treated to a discussion about the ecological and economic importance of oak in Ohio and how to better manage their oak woodlands. The final industry topic of the day was a panel of hardwood industry professionals from different sectors of the industry such as furniture, lumber, flooring, pallets and log exports. Each shared their opinion on current market conditions. Landowners received tips on woodland management from Randy and Koral Clum, Consulting Foresters with Clum Forestry.

The event finished up with the President's Reception sponsored by outgoing President Randy Bates and Murphy Tractor and Equipment.

We thank everyone who exhibited, sponsored and attended and hope everyone had a good time. Stay tuned for details for the 2020 Annual Meeting which is already being planned.



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