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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.
Or book your room online.

The deadline to confirm the discounted rate is February 18.


Exhibitor Online Registration

Attendee Online Registration

Print Brochure

See who is coming

Exhibitor List as of 2-28-2020

Bol Designs
Columbus Equipment Co.
Eagle Machinery & Supply, Inc.
Fumigation Service & Supply, Inc.
ISK Biocides, Inc.
Marathon Pipe Line
Murphy Tractor & Equipment Company
Nyle Dry Kilns
ODNR Division of Forestry
Ohio ACF
Ohio Forestry Association, Inc.
Ohio Tree Farm Committee
Ohio Wood Products
Ricer Equipment Co.
Rudd Equipment Co.
Sawmill MD
U-C Coatings

Schedule of Events
(Subject to change)


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






Industry Sessions

Landowner Sessions

2:00 pm

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

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




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