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Timber Talk 1/17/2018

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Wednesday, January 17, 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 even has a short tidbit on a case where a lady took her “dead” Christmas Tree back to Costco for a refund after Christmas. See the complete newsletters here.

East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA) Newsletter
Here is the East Central Ohio Forestry Association February 2018 Newsletter. As always, it gives reports from their previous meeting, as well as a schedule of upcoming events.

Northeast Ohio Forestry Association (NEOFA) Newsletter
Here is the January 2018 edition of the NEOFA newsletter. It contains information about their next meeting topic, which will a Ryan Clester discussing how to identify and control unwanted native and non-native invasive trees and plants. It also has a November meeting report, a calendar of events, and a President’s New Year Message.

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Continues Expansion in Ohio
Hemlock Wooly Adelgid has recently been discovered in Lake, Geauga, and Athens counties. In addition, the quarantine initiated because of this woodland pest has been increased to include 12 counties, all but two of them in SE Ohio. See complete details in the recent article in the Morning Ag Clips newsletter

Ohio BWC Grants
The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) offers grants to help businesses prevent workplace injuries. A couple of these are the Safety Intervention Grant Program and the Workplace Wellness Grant Program. Following are a few details on these two programs.

Safety Intervention Grant Program

  •  Eligible employers may receive up to $40,000
  • Grant award is 3-to-1 match
  • FY18 budget is $15m
  • Used to purchase equipment to reduce or eliminate risk of injury
  • Moratorium items listed on the webpage
  • Apply online
  • Program mailbox

Workplace Wellness Grant

  •  Eligible employers may receive up to $15,000 over the 4 year programf
  • Grant available to all industries no matter the size of the employer
  • Total of $300 per participating employee
  • Used to develop and implement a workplace wellness program
  • Application PDF is available online
  • Program mailbox

For more information on these and other grants that may help your business and employees, see the Ohio BWC Safety Grants webpage.

From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the February 2018 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the strong 2017 year for the industry, and how the strong log market might depress 2018 lumber exports.

By most accounts, 2017 was another strong year for the hardwood industry. Domestic sales picked up as U.S. housing construction increased to pre-recession levels. Industrial lumber demand also increased, especially for pallets, as the economy improved and softwood lumber supply tightened. GDP growth rose to 3.2% in Q3, and many now expect 4.0% in 2018. The passage of the tax bill in Dec is indeed giving a boost to Wall Street and big corporations, as the bill’s detractors note, but it is also

lifting individuals and small companies. Small business optimism in the U.S. in Nov was the highest in 34 years—even before the tax cut passed. Unemployment will stay low in 2018, and with it, the pace of wage increases should accelerate.

The “bad news” is that we likely won’t see a third consecutive record year of lumber exports, in part because of the surge in demand for hardwood logs and the depressing impact it will have on lumber production. At the same time, rising U.S. domestic and European demand will increase competition for the available lumber production, work to sustain market prices, and afford sellers new sales outlets outside of China. Already in Jan, cabinet sales are trending ahead of 2017 and component shops are looking to expand.

Other Upcoming Events:

  • SVLC Meeting – Thursday, 1/18/18 – 5:30 PM – Bergholz, Ohio
  • MRWIG Winter Tree ID Workshop – 1/20/18 – 10:00 AM – Blue Rock State Forest HQ (6665 Cutler Lake Road, Blue Rock, OH 43720)
  • SEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, 2/14/18 – 5:30 PM – Bergholz, Ohio
  • NEOLC Meeting – Wednesday, 2/14/18 – 5:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – Wednesday, 2/14/18 – 6:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, 2/15/18 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio

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