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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, February 7, 2018
 

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 interesting article about creating carbon fiber from plants instead of oil. See the complete newsletters here. 


OFA Office In New Location
The Ohio Forestry Association staff has completed the move to the association’s new office location in downtown Zanesville, Ohio. We are now located less than one minute off Interstate 70, in the Plaza at 5th & Main. The address is: 507 Main Street, Suite 200, Zanesville, Ohio 43701. There is a large parking lot off Main Street on the east side of the building. The entrance to our office is through the door on the SE corner of the building and up the stairs. Our phone number remains the same: 888-388-7337. Our fax number has changed to: 740-297-4153. We will set up an open house some time after the OFA Annual Meeting. In the meantime, if you are in the area, stop in and visit with Gayla, Denise, or myself.


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

Local

Mohican Memorial State Forest – After a lengthy process of management plan drafts, public comment periods, Forestry Advisory Council review, and more revisions, the Forestry Advisory Council recently approved the updated management plan for the Mohican Memorial State Forest. The essence of this updated plan will be to maintain many of the plan attributes set forth 20 years ago by the Mohican Ad-Hoc Committee to protect large portions of the forest, while allowing for a long term, systematic transformation of some of the pine plantations over to native hardwood forests. It will also allow for action to be taken in areas affected by catastrophic natural events such as fire, tornado, disease, or insect infestations.

I will be attending this month’s Northeast Ohio Loggers Chapter Meeting to continue discussions on the road use issues in that area, and how we are working towards a better situation there.

Statewide

We are working with the County Auditors Association, as well as the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio Department of Taxation to solve issues with the Pike County Auditor’s office in how CAUV is being administered on forested properties.

We have recently begun discussions with some of our partners on tackling the OFTL/CAUV rates-vs-management disparities issue from a different angle. More will be reported on this as our discussions develop into plans.

National

The Ohio Forestry Association has recently agreed to work with the American Forest Resource Council to submit an amicus brief in support of the Wayne National Forest in a case where a lawsuit has been filed against them concerning fracking in the Wayne National Forest. OFA has not taken a position concerning the fracking. We are concerned with portions of the lawsuit that can lead to abuse of the Endangered Species Act to potentially bring forest management on the “Wayne” and other national forest properties to a crawl.

I recently participated in the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition conference call supporting forestry related programs in the upcoming bill.

Last week, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts reported this on the WOTUS rule, which OFA supports revisions or a complete repeal of:  “The Obama Administration’s infamous ‘WOTUS’ rule, which burdened rural America with regulatory red tape, is now pushed back two years. This will provide certainty to the regulated community and give EPA time to rewrite the rule while listening to farmers, ranchers, and landowners’ concerns – the very folks who were ignored by the previous Administration. I’m pleased we now have an Administration that is willing to do that.”

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


Bureau Of Workers Compensation Employer Webinar
The BWC will be conducting employer webinars in February on the “Better You, Better Ohio Program”, “Drug-Free Safety Program”, and “2018 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo”. Following is the information provided from the Ohio BWC for these webinars;

Please join us for the February BWC employer webinar. This month we'llcover information about the Better You, Better Ohio!™ Program, Drug-Free Safety Program, 2018 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, upcoming important dates and our monthly safety tip.

The webinars will last approximately 20 minutes. You can view the webinars from the comfort of your office or attend in person at one of BWC’s claims offices. By attending in person, you'llhave the opportunity to meet with a BWC representative.

Follow the links below if you wish to attend the webinar but not visit a service office.

1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13;
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Click here to register to visit your local claims office and view the webinar with BWC staff.
When registering, please provide your name, title, policy number (or company name), phone number and email address.

BWC will record this webinar and make it available for future viewing here.
Note: In the Columbus area, the on-site option will be at our BWC OCOSH location, 13430 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, Ohio.


New Species of Hemlock Discovered – Can It Help Save Our North American Hemlocks?
For the first time in over a decade, a new species of temperate conifer was discovered on a small Korean island. Scientists are hoping that it can play a role in helping save the North American hemlocks that are being wiped out by the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. Read about this recent discovery here.


Ohio Company Featured in TimberLine Magazine 
An Ohio company, Cardinal Landscaping, Tree Service and Lawn Care, located in Lebanon, Ohio, is currently featured on pages 22 and 23 of the January 2018 edition of Timberline Magazine. The story features a firewood processor purchased from long-time Paul Bunyan Show exhibitor, Tom Brown and Timberwolf. Read the complete article here. 


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


Tree Farm Silent Auction Items Requested for OFA Annual Meeting
 The Ohio Tree Farm Committee will once again be holding a Silent Auction at the OFA Annual Meeting on February 28, 2018, to benefit educational programs. Please consider donating an item to the auction. Anything wood or outdoor related is perfect, for example; wooden bowls, bird houses, tree pruners, chainsaw related items, log skidder (just kidding on that last one!). You can send or drop off items at our office, give them to a Tree Farm Committee member, bring them to the OFA Annual Meeting, or contact our office and we’ll figure something out. Thanks in advance for your generosity!


Other Upcoming Events:

  • MVLC Meeting – Tuesday, 2/13/18 – 5:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • SEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, 2/14/18 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • NEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, 2/14/18 – 5:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, 2/15/18 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio
  • LSC Meeting – Tuesday, 2/27/18 – 5:00 PM – Dublin Embassy Suites, Dublin, Ohio
  • OFA Annual Meeting Registration – Tuesday, 2/27/18 – 4:00 PM – Dublin Embassy Suites, Dublin, Ohio
  • OFA Annual Meeting & Tree Farm Luncheon – Wednesday, 2/28/18 – 8:00 AM – Dublin Embassy Suites, Dublin, Ohio
  • OFA Executive Committee and Board Meetings - Thursday, 3/1/18 – 8:00 AM and 10:00 respectively– Dublin Embassy Suites, Dublin, Ohio
  • 2018 Ohio Woodland, Water & Wildlife Conference – 3/7/18 – Mid Ohio Conference Center – Mansfield, Ohio

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