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Timber Talk 7/31/2017

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Thursday, August 3, 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. This week’s newsletter includes a couple articles on how wildfires in Canada are affecting lumber supplies and prices for U.S. home builders. See the complete newsletter here.

Learn How SFI Certification Can Help Your Business
The Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc., and the Wood Products Manufacturers Association are hosting two workshops this fall to educate industry members on how certification of their products to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative(SFI) standards could be beneficial. The workshop on October 25, 2017, at the Omni Nashville Hotel, will focus on sawmills and primary manufacturers. The workshop on November 2, 2017, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Airport, Newark, NJ, will focus on secondary manufacturers and designers. Get more information about the workshops, including how to register here.

Important Workers Comp Info For Employers
The Ohio Forestry Association’s group workers comp program coordinator, CareWorksComp, has supplied the following information in a series of flyers that could be of importance to your business.

Mergers and Acquisitions: A reminder as we are embarking on a new workers’ comp policy year…If you are planning on buying or selling your business, please let them know so that they can project what this action might mean for you, and any groups that you may be a part of, for alternative rating purposes. The BWC recently changed their method for determining successorship.

Ohio Legislative Update on Motor Vehicle Claims: There is new legislation which changes how motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) affect employers if a third party is at fault. Beginning with dates of injury on July 1, 2017 and after, certain MVA claims may qualify to be charged off to the BWC Surplus Fund and not to the employer’s risk experience. If you believe you have a claim where this is the case, an AC-28 (Request to Charge the Surplus Fund for Non-At-Fault Motor Vehicle Accident) must be filed with the BWC, and the BWC Administrator will subsequently make a determination within 180 days of receiving the request. Your CareWorksComp Claims Examiner will help manage this new process. Here is a summary of this legislation for your reference.

August 15, 2017 is the due date for the policy year 2016 payroll true-up report! This report must be on file with BWC by that date, or your participation in discount and rating programs may be in jeopardy. Read this article for detailed instructions.

FRA Appalachian Region Fall Meeting to be in Chillicothe, Ohio
The Forest Resource Association (FRA), a national association that OFA is a member of, will be holding its fall Appalachian Region Meeting in Chillicothe, Ohio, Tuesday, September 21, 2017 thru Thursday, September 23, 2017. This annual meeting will include several good speakers on topics of interest to the forest products industry, as well as state and national updates. It will also include some interesting tours and networking opportunities. See all the agenda and registration details here.

Cherry Trees Being Defoliated In Northwest Pennsylvania
Ohio and neighboring states have seen their fair share of problematic insect infestations in their forests over the past several years. This year, the Cherry Scallop Shell Moth is defoliating large acreages of valuable cherry trees in NW Pennsylvania, specifically in the Allegheny National Forest. This is close to home for NE Ohio. Read the article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at this link to see the problems this native pest is causing. 

Engaging With and Learning From My Peers
NCFAE Meeting Wrap-Up – Last week, I attended my second National Council of Forestry Association Executives (NCFAE) annual meeting. This council is made up of leaders from many state and national forestry associations from all corners of the country, as well as service businesses doing work for the forest products industry. This year’s meeting was in Annapolis, MD., which afforded us the opportunity to tour the U.S. Naval Academy, something I highly recommend for anyone visiting Annapolis.

One of our keynote speakers was a female Navy Fighter Jet Pilot who saw action in the middle east on a couple tours. She now teaches Leadership classes at the Naval Academy, and spoke to us at length on the topic of leadership within our organizational staffs. For those associations that hire their own staff, we had a speaker from a major staff recruitment firm that walked us through the process of hiring and employee retention, especially as it relates to the “millennials” in today’s hiring pool. The PowerPoint presentations from these two speakers are here, if you want to look at them.

We heard from those in Washington, D.C. that are working on the 2018 Farm Bill, which has many items in it that affect forestry related programs nationwide.

Of most value to myself and our association, is the opportunity to hear what issues my counterparts are facing in other states, and to be able to network with many of them in one-on-one or small group sessions throughout the time there.

A few of the issues mentioned that we can relate to include:

  • Forest landowner tax issues
  • The NE United States is facing reduced markets for low grade lumber and residuals
  • The western U.S. is facing heavy tree mortality from insects and catastrophic wildfires (many folks from Ohio are helping fight these fires)
  • The need for more logger training programs (see an interesting program starting in Missouri.)
  • Insurance issues withing the forest products tracking industry

We have already benefited from the relationships that John Dorka cultivated with this group in the past, and that I am continuing to nurture.

Southern Ohio Forestland Newsletter (SOFA) for August
SOFA has put out their August 2017 newsletter. Read all about their activities, their upcoming events schedule, and more here. 

Upcoming Events:

  • SEOLC Meeting – 8/9/17 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • Lumber Grading Short Course - 8/14 thru 8/17 2017 – Yoder Lumber Company, Millersburg, Ohio
  • Logging Standards Council Meeting – 8/16/17 – 5:00 PM – Columbus, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – 9/6/17 – 7:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • A Day in the Woods – Second Friday Series – Improve Your Woodlot – 9/8/17 – 9:00 AM – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • PVLC Meeting – 9/11/17 – 7:00 PM – Bainbridge, Ohio
  • SOLC Meeting – 9/12/17 – 7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
  • Lumbermen’s Outing – 9/13/17 – 9:00 AM
  • NEOLC Meeting – 9/13/17 – 6:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • SRVLC Meeting – 9/14/17 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield, Ohio
  • ECOLC Meeting – 9/18/17 – 7:00 PM – Millersburg, Ohio

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