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2019 Annual Meeting

March 6-7, 2019

  • KICKOFF reception In the University Suite at The Ohio Stadium on March 6
    (Cocktails, Appetizers and Stadium Tour)
  • Industry and landowner exhibits, speakers and sessions at the Marriott on March 7
  • Register Online              Sponsors/Exhibitors register here
  • Print Brochure with mail in form

     Schedule of Events
     INDUSTRY ACTIVITIES     TREE FARM/LANDOWNER ACTIVITIES     ACTIVITIES FOR ALL
        
     Wednesday, March 6
    1:00 pm   Registration
          Exhibitor Setup
          Silent Auction Setup
    2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Forestry Advisory Council Meeting
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Logging Standards Council Meeting
    4:45 pm   Bus departs for Kickoff Reception at the Ohio Stadium. The bus will depart approximately every 20 minutes until 5:45 pm.
    5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Join us for our Kickoff Reception and Stadium tour. The reception will be held in the University Suite overlooking the field. Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.
           Sponsored by:      
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Bus departs Ohio Stadium to return to the Marriott. The bus will depart approximately every 20 minutes until 8:30 pm.
     Thursday, March 7
    8:00 am Registration
          Continental Breakfast
           Sponsored by:    
          Exhibits Open
          Fellowship of Christian Lumbermen's Meeting
          Tree Farm Silent Auction Opens - Silent Auction Donations welcome, please bring to the meeting or call OFA for advance shipping information.
    9:00 am - 9:30 am Keynote Speaker - Mary Mertz, Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Director Mertz will explain her vision for the future of the ODNR, particularly as it relates to Forestry and Wildlife.
    9:30 am - 10:00 am             Forest Economics Update - Sayeed Mehmood, Forest Economist, Ohio State University - Sayeed will join us to provide information regarding the economic impact of the forest products industry in Ohio.
    10:00 am             - 10:30 am State of the Division of Forestry - Chief, ODNR, Division of Forestry - The Chief of the Division of Forestry will update attendees on the state of the Division of Forestry.
    10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking Break/Visit with Exhibitors
    11:00 am - 11:45 am Hardwood Lumber Market Directions - Matt Baumgardner, US Forest Service - Matt will update attendees on hardwood trade and consumption trends for the US and Ohio.
    11:45 am - 1:45 pm AWARDS LUNCHEON
          INDUSTRY TRACK TOPICS
    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm CLT Project Coming to Ohio - Steve Willobee, Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors - Steve will present information to us on an exciting new development coming to Ohio, 2 multi-story buildings using Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) construction, the first of its kind in Ohio.
     2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Hardwood Lumber Market Conditions - Dave Caldwell, Hardwood Market Report - Dave will discuss current market conditions and share his insights on what the future holds for the hardwood industry.
     3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Networking Break/Visit with Exhibitors
          Tree Farm Silent Auction Bidding Closes
    3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Future Markets for American Hardwoods - Mike Snow, American Hardwood Export Council - Mike will discuss current and future markets for American hardwoods with the attendees.
     4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Hardwood Products Sector Panel - A panel of hardwood industry experts representing different sectors of the industry (lumber, furniture, flooring, pallets, log exports, etc.) will share their insights on what is happening in his business area, take a look down the road on where the industry may be headed, and answer your questions.
           LANDOWNER TRACK TOPICS
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Forest Legacy - Chris Schiefer, Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services - Chris will be discussing "Land as Your Legacy", generational planning for the land that you have nurtured.
    3:00 pm - 3:25 pm Networking Break/Visit with Exhibitors
          Tree Farm Silent Auction Bidding Closes
     3:25 pm - 4:00 pm Wildlife Management - Lee Crocker, National Wild Turkey Federation - What will work for your property? Timber harvesting, forest stand improvement, food plots and invasive species control are options. Learn Key tips on what quality deer, wild turkey and other wildlife habitat practices and programs to build it and they will come.
    4:05 pm - 4:45 pm Oak Regeneration - Dave Apsley, Natural Resources Specialist, Ohio State University Extension - This program is designed to help woodland owners understand the ecological and economic importance of oak in Ohio and provide them with information on how they can better manage their oak woodlands.
    4:50 pm - 5:30 pm Woodland Management - Randy & Koral Clum, Clum Forestry Consultants - Randy and Koral, 2017 Ohio Tree Farmers of the Year and 2018 National Tree Farmers of the Year will share some tips on how to properly manage your woodland.
     5:30 pm - 6:30 pm President's Reception - Join us for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails and spend some time visiting with our exhibitors. The Ohio Tree Farm Committee will be holding a gun raffle to raise funds for Camp Canopy and OTFC's valuable forestry programs. Winning bidders in the Tree Farm Silent Auction may pay for and pick up their merchandise during the reception.
                                          
     INDUSTRY ACTIVITIES               TREE FARM/LANDOWNER ACTIVITIES                ACTIVITIES FOR ALL

    Make your hotel reservations by Feb 21
    at the Marriott Columbus University Area
    3100 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus OH 43202
    (614) 447-9777
    . Ask for the Special OFA rate of $139 plus tax.
    Or book your room here.

    For information on sponsorships and exhibit space contact Gayla at 888-388-7337 or Gayla@OhioForest.org


    Nominate someone for a conservation award by completing the form below.








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