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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

 
OFA Issues & Advocacy Update
Following are some of the issues that we have been working on and/or tracking since our last update.

Local
We continue to work with different counties in Ohio on road use issues. We have been successful in helping a few individual situations, but are still working on major issues with a couple counties.

Statewide

  •  OFA is partnering with the Ohio Division of Wildlife to try to get more access to private lands as they role out their 3 R’s program.
  • We met with a state Senator in Columbus to discuss the need for more wood residuals using facilities in Ohio and to discuss the potential problem with increased log exports to China.
  • Myself and a few OFA members met with a party that has expressed interest in producing Biochar in Ohio. These discussions will continue.
  • OFA participated in the Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market to promote the use of Ohio’s renewable, sustainable hardwoods.
  • We met with other concerned partners to discuss Oak regeneration issues for Ohio.
    I recently spoke at the annual meeting of the Ohio Society of American Foresters to update them on OFA’s activities for 2017.
  • I spoke on Forestry CAUV issues at the Agricultural Education Day for Ohio’s County Auditors.
  • I participated in the Ohio EPA’s Coldwater Status update.

National

  • I was briefed recently through the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition on the progress of the upcoming bill.
  • I participated in the Forest Industry Association Council’s spring conference call where other state and national organizations briefed everyone on advocacy efforts at the national level.
  • OFA and other parties participated in a “listening session” with the U. S. Forest Service. This was the first of 20 such sessions being held across the country to help guide the Forest Service in their future programs.
  • The recently passed Omnibus Budget Bill included language to help fix problems with Wildfire Funding so that it doesn’t completely eat away at the U. S. Forest Service budget that is needed for other beneficial forestry programs.

Miscellaneous
We continue to be active participants in many committees across the state that work on logging and forestry issues, including: Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Agricultural Advisory Committee to the Ohio Department of Taxation, Ohio Woodland Stewards, Ohio Forestry Advisory Committee, Ohio Forest Stewardship Program, Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee, and others.

If at any time you have a question about one of these subjects, or have other issues that you would like OFA to assist with, please do not hesitate to contact myself or someone else at the OFA office. Brad Perkins – OFA Executive Director


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. This week’s newsletter contains an article about blast testing of CLT. See the complete newsletter here


Millwood Lumber Inc. Sawmill Auction
OFA member, Millwood Lumber Inc, will be having an absolute auction of their sawmill and associated equipment on  Saturday, April 21, 2018 starting at 10:00 AM. The mill is located at 2400 Larson Road, Gnadenhutten, Ohio 44629. See the here.


Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for April
SOFA has put out their April 2018 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more here.


Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA) April 2018 e-Newsletter
For those of you on Ohio’s eastern border, you may be interested in some of the information in the PFA April 2018 e-newsletter. This issue highlights a story of a generous donation from a PFA leader brought to life by Ash trees.


Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter
Here is the April 2018 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains a good article about their March 15th meeting, which featured quest speakers Mark and Randy Ohlin, discussing their hobby of locating and digging up wells and privy’s that date back to Civil War times.


Perkey Tree Farm - PA Tree Farmers of the Year Tour May 12th
The following is from the desk of forester Jim Elze, a recent recipient of OFA’s “Outstanding Individual In Private Service” conservation award. Find more information relating to this tour here and here.

Here's a Tree Farm Tour you need to make time to attend. The crop tree management that has been done there is incredible. US Forest Service Retired Silviculturalist Forester Arlyn Perkey and his wife, Marial, are hosting a tour of their Tree Farm on Saturday, May 12th, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. The tour is in honor of their selection as Pennsylvania's Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

Arlyn is well known among foresters and proactive tree farmers for his part in the creation of and the promotion of the Crop Tree Management approach to upgrading woodland quality and productivity. Crop Tree Management was likely the greatest "game changer" to happen in forestry over the last 40-50 years. Arlyn was a torch bearer for Crop Tree Management, authoring several field & desk manuals that many of us refer to and share with up and coming tree farmers.

Open your calendars and mark the date of May 12th down to be at the Perkey Tree Farm Tour. You will be amazed to see the results of 27 years of thinning around crop trees that Arlyn has achieved.

Maybe we can get an NEOFA contingent going. Contact Jim Elze via email (or phone) if you can attend and want to pair up with someone else to travel there.

Jim Elze
LZ Forestree Consulting
SAF Certified Forester #645
2145 Merle Road
Salem, OH 44460
(330) 831-8975 cell
jim.elze@gmail.com
LZForestree@gmail.com


Forest Service “Sunny Oaks” Project To Create Young Oak/Hickory Forests To Benefit Wildlife
If approved, this project on the Wayne National Forest would authorize using clearcut and shelterwood harvesting methods on roughly 2900 acres, along with other timber stand improvement techniques, to encourage Oak and Hickory regeneration. The Wayne National Forest is seeking public feedback on this proposal by May 1, 2018. Read the news release for full details.


Annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing Event Scheduled
The Wayne National Forest, the Wild Turkey Federation, City National Bank, and the Ohio Division of Wildlife will be teaming up to provide a fishing event for physically challenged individuals at Lake Vesuvius on Thursday, April 19th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Read all the details in the news release for this event.


Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in March. New Members, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or anyone else at OFA to let us know if we are meeting your needs and expectations.

Individuals
Edward Romano of Minerva, Ohio
Bill Cobb of Belle Valley, Ohio
Michele Corder of Ironton, Ohio

Contractor
Aden Miller of Walnut Creek Logging - Millersburg, Ohio

Supplier
Firewood Automation of Irma, WI

Primary Manufacturer
Zachary McCaw of Sizzle Sticks – West Union, Ohio


Upcoming Events:
ECOLC Meeting – 4/16/18 – 7:00 PM – Berlin, Ohio
SVLC Meeting – 4/19/18 – 5:30 PM – Bergholz, Ohio
NHLA Lumber Grading Short Course – 4/23-26/18 – Piketon, Ohio

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