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Timber Talk 10/24/17

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Thursday, October 26, 2017
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Important Notice: OFA's 614 area code phone and fax numbers have changed! The new phone number is 1-888-38-TREES (888-388-7337). The new fax number is 740-452-2552. Please update your records accordingly and change any speed dials you might have set up for us.
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. See the past 2 week’s complete newsletters here. 
Tree Climbing, Limb Cutting, Chainsaw Monster
I recently came across a video at this link https://sploid.gizmodo.com/watch-this-tree-climbing-chainsaw-monster-shave-this-ti-1818653819 that shows a chainsaw wielding machine using rubber tires to climb a tree and cut off all its branches. Someone is touting this as new technology, but didn’t I see someone using a machine almost identical to this in Ohio to prune pine trees back in the 1970’s??
Cambridge Ohio Harvest Trees in City Forest
The city of Cambridge, Ohio, host to the annual Paul Bunyan Show for the past twelve years, is walking-the-walk when it comes to proper forest management. Read the article published in the Daily Jeffersonian newspaper, talking about the years long process that has lead to a timber harvest being conducted by an OFA member company.
BWC Workshops from CareWorksComp – OFA’s Group Rating Provider
CareWorksComp is currently advertising workshops for both members and non-members. One is for “Two-Hour Safety Training” that meets the requirements for Group Rated and Group Retrospective Rated employers. The other is a risk reduction workshop entitled “How to Apply Intermediate and Advanced Risk Reduction Solutions to Ohio Worker’s Compensation.” See the flyers for details.
Monthly Housing Starts Data & Commentary
Following are two links to the Virginia Tech - U.S. Forest Service housing market commentaries for August 2017.  These files contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market. Part 1: Main Report. Part 2: Economic Conditions Report. The housing report is a free service of Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the U.S. Forest Service. The reports are intended to help gauge future business activity.
From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the November 2017 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the current strong demand, both domestically and for export markets, of lumber and logs.

Sales of lumber and logs to both domestic and export markets should be steady to stronger for the balance of the year, with export shipments easily setting a new all-time benchmark. After 100 months of economic growth—and 13 straight months of manufacturing growth—there are no signs of slowing.

Sawmills continue to report strong order files and, with log supplies improving, it appears that labor will once again be the hold-up to higher production. Truck shortages will also work to delay some shipments, and raise freight rates on most of the others. KD lumber production is largely spoken for well into or through Nov, and Dec orders
will book up soon ahead of the Chinese New Year. Green lumber is becoming more available, but there are no reports from sawmills yet of any major concerns. With the exception of Soft Maple and upper-grade White Oak, lumber pricing should generally be firm through year end.

We expect continued growth through year-end in every low-grade market but crane mats, with flooring-grade lumber and pallet cants especially strong and rail tie demand building towards a considerably better 2018. The strong stock market and growing economy will keep home construction growing at a good clip next year, and, along with it, demand for flooring, moulding, cabinets and furniture.
“A Day In The Woods” Program Offers “From Trees To Lumber” at Hocking College – Oct 27
OSU Extension, in cooperation with the Forestry and Timber Harvesting programs at Hocking College, will be conducting a seminar for woodland owners and enthusiasts on turning trees into lumber. Registration for the program is Monday, Oct. 23. For complete details, see the flyer at the following link.
Glatfelter Foresters Sweep FRA Technical Writing Awards
The Forest Resource Association (FRA) recently announced that foresters from Glatfelter Company in Chillicothe took 1st and 2nd place in the Appalachian Region Technical Writing Awards for 2017. Doug Schwemlein won the first place award for Technical Release 17-R-1, Avenza Maps Mobile App for Forest Operations Field Work. This Technical Release explains and illustrates how the Avenza Maps mobile app can help a forester cruise timber, collect GPS data such as roads and sale boundaries, and share geospatial maps with logging contractors.

Shawn Gragg and Kyle Bush took second place with their Technical Release 16-R-22, Log Bridges Improve Harvest Site Access in Appalachians. This Technical Release gives two case study examples of how log bridges can be an inexpensive and effective alternative to extensive road building when it comes to crossing streams.
East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter
Here is the East Central Ohio Forestry Association November 2017 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, as well as a schedule of upcoming events. Highlights in this issue include lots of great information on bee keeping. Speakers on this topic were Bill Bush, Bob Hooker, and Steve Whiting.
Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter
Here is the October 2017 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains information about their next meeting topic, which will focus on conservation easements. Brett Rodstrom, Vice President of Eastern Field Operations for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, will be the featured speaker at the October 19th meeting.
Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for October
SOFA has put out their October 2017 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more here.
Muskingum River Woodlands Interest Group (MRWIG) Newsletter
MRWIG has distributed their September/October 2017 newsletter. Click here to see their upcoming schedule and Annual Banquet information, and a recap of their recent Forestry Field Day in Muskingum County.
Pallet Enterprise Classifieds
Here is a recent offering of classified ads from Pallet Enterprise. These classifieds consist of machinery, lumber, job openings, etc.
Welcome New OFA Members!
The Ohio Forestry Association would like to welcome the following new association members that came on board in September of this year. 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
Pamela Switzer, Anytime Tree Service of Medina, Ohio
Primary Manufacturers
Greg Lands, Ohio Select Hardwoods of Portsmouth, Ohio
Service Firms
Licking County Highway Dept. of Newark, Ohio
Suppliers
Jeff Karshner, Allstar Bobcat of Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mike Campana, Ergo Split of Lorraine, Ohio
Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA) October e-Newsletter
For those of you on Ohio’s eastern border, you may be interested in some of the information in the PFA October 2017 e-newsletter. Of special interest might be the success of their recent Walk in Penn’s Woods field day.

Upcoming Events:

  • A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series Bonus Day-Trees to Lumber – 10/27/17 – 9:00 AM – Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio
  • Chainsaw Level 1 – 8-Hour Session – 11/3/17 – Scioto Trail State Forest, Chillicothe, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – 7:00 PM - 11/8/17 – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • PVLC Meeting – 7:00 PM - 11/13/17 – Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting – 7:00 PM - 11/14/17 – Lucasville, Ohio
  • OFA Exec. Committee Meeting – 10:00 AM – 11/14/17 – Hampton Scioto Downs – Columbus, Ohio
  • OFA Board of Trustees Lunch and Meeting – 12:00 Noon – 11/14/17 – Hampton Scioto Downs – Columbus, Ohio
  • Logging Standards Council Dinner and Meeting – 5:00 PM – 11/14/17 – Hampton Scioto Downs – Columbus, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting – 7:00 PM - 11/16/17 – Wakefield, Ohio
  • SVLC Meeting – 5:30 PM - 11/16/17 – Bergholz, Ohio
  • Ohio Tree Farm Committee Meeting – 10:00 AM – 11/16/17 – ODNR – Fountain Square – Columbus, Ohio
  • Chainsaw Level 1 – 8-Hour Session – 11/16/17 – Maumee State Forest, Swanton, Ohio
  • Chainsaw Level 2 – 8-Hour Session – 11/17/17 – Maumee State Forest, Swanton, Ohio
  • A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series -Evening Stargazing – 11/17/17 – 6:30 PM – Vinton Furnace State Forest

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