SOUTHERN OHIO FORESTLAND ASSOCIATION

MARCH 2010 NEWSLETTER                    Serving

                                Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson,
                             Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton Counties.

February 11, 2010 – Meeting Minutes
        Following a great meal, the meeting was called to order around 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Randy
Sanders. The reading of the November meeting minutes was deferred to March because Betsy Pierson
forgot to bring a copy. Jim Meacham’s Treasurer’s report showed a balance of $2,746.88. The Treasurer’s
report was approved to file. We will pay a CPA $50 this year to complete and file the SOFA tax forms.
        Chairman Randy welcomed everyone and expressed his appreciation for the experience of serving as
the group’s chair for the past year. He noted that the Cabin Fever Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday,
February 27, from 10 to 5 at the Southern State Community College Fincastle Campus, US 62 north of SR
32, ~ 18 miles south of Hillsboro. No admission charge. Website:

Old Business: Randy reviewed the meeting and program schedule for the first half of this year. The
following slate of officers for 2010 was presented and unanimously accepted (PJ Gordy made the motion,
Jim Meacham seconded): Wayne Lashbrook – Chair; John Kaldmo - Vice Chair; Jim Meacham – Treasurer;
Betsy Pierson – Secretary; Tim Shoemaker – Newsletter Editor and Publisher; and Randy – Program Chair.
John King has graciously volunteered to serve as the SOFA homepage guru.
       Chairman Wayne thanked Randy and presented him, from Benita and himself, a lovely walnut recipe
box crafted by another creative tree farmer

New Business: Wayne recommended the publication “Ohio Forests 2006” from the USDA, published in
2009. It can be viewed and printed from the following web site:
Wayne will investigate securing print copies for anyone interested.
         He informed the group about the Statewide Forest Resource Assessment & Strategy (FRAS)
initiative: The 2008 Federal Farm Bill requires each state to complete such an assessment to receive funds
under the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act. The Ohio Division of Forestry will use the assessment
results (issues and threats identified by participants) to allocate Ohio’s limited forestry resources. Wayne
and Jack Oxenrider attended a session, noted the locations of other sessions, and were concerned that most
of the attendees – those providing the assessment input – were from metropolitan areas and therefore
representing the concerns of urban rather than rural woodland owners and tree farmers. As Wayne wryly
noted “The world is run by people who show up.” The state’s report is due out in June, and Wayne will keep
us posted.

Program: Wayne introduced Randy Sanders as the speaker of the evening. Randy’s topic was “Ohio
Streams”, and he talked about the development of the book he edited – A Guide to Ohio Streams by the
Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Wayne passed out copies of the book and the 2001 map, A
Guide to Ohio Streams: Principal Streams and Watersheds.

       Randy led us through the book’s sections and advised that we explore on our own the timeline that
flows along the bottom of the pages throughout the book as well as the section to the right of each two page
spread “In Ohio Streams”– that shows and tells about the state’s insects, fish, and mollusks. At its inception,

the book was intended for use by streamside land owners in Ohio, but the finished product has a much wider
application and appeal. As Randy noted, and as was quite evident, many individuals and institutions
contributed to making the book informative, accurate, and visually engaging. The book is a wonderful
resource, and it was clear that Randy was passionate about its development and proud of the finished
product, as well he should be.

The meeting was adjourned around 8:20
Respectfully submitted:
Betsy Pierson


                                             PROGRAM AGENDA
                                          TENTATIVE 2010 SOFA PROGRAMS
                                                AS OF 11-16-09

AUG. - NO MEETING                              SEP. - TREE FARM TOUR & PICNIC - GORDYS (SAT.)


                “Million Dollar Stew in Crock Pot”
1 lb venison
3 cans Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup
1 envelope Lipton’s dry onion-mushroom soup mix
4 potatoes (peeled & cubed)
¼ cup water

  After removing all fat and tendons, cut venison into ½” thick slices (across grain) and chunk. Then soak
in 4 changes of fresh water (10 total minutes or longer) to remove excess blood. Drain venison, add
potatoes and cover with the canned soup. Sprinkle one pack of dry soup mix on top and add the water. Plug
in and slow cook on low for 10-12 hours stirring several times. Make enough for leftovers – it’s even better
the next day!

Randy Sanders

                             Did You Know:
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
                                    “Golden Venison Supreme”
1 pair of venison tenderloins (or 1 lb backstrap)               1 tablespoon of garlic salt
3 cans Campbell’s golden mushroom soup                          1 teaspoon of coarse ground black pepper
2 hand beaten eggs                                              1-2 cups flour
½ cup milk                                                      ½ stick of butter
¼ cup olive oil                                                 ¼ cup water

       After removing all fat and tendons, cut venison into ½” thick slices (across grain). Then soak in 4
changes of fresh water (10 total minutes or longer) to remove excess blood. In a separate bowl, mix beaten
egg, milk, garlic salt and pepper. Drain venison and soak in bowl egg mix for 15-30 minutes. Pre-heat oven
to 375 degrees F. Stir several times and poke meat with forks to let mix penetrate meat. Heat butter and oil
in 1-2 skillets. Pick up venison, shake in a flour bag and fry golden brown in skillets. Remove from heat
and place venison flat in 1-2 glass oven baking dishes (casserole type). Stir canned golden mushroom soup
into skillets and mix with drippings. Then spoon soup over venison in baking dishes (should cover all
pieces). Add a little water, cover with lid or aluminum foil, and bake 1 hour. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Randy Sanders


      Statewide Forest Resource Assessment & Strategy (FRAS)

             Purpose of the State Assessment & Strategy

The purpose of the Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy is to provide a basis upon
which future strategic directions and actions can be evaluated and selected. It will be
used by the Ohio Division of Forestry as well as existing and potential partners to marshal limited resources
towards addressing identified issues and threats to Ohio’s forests. Ohio currently has 7.9 million acres of
forestland, or 30 percent of the State’s land. Eighty-eight percent of that forestland is privately-owned, with
the remaining 12 percent owned by local, state, and federal government.

The 2008 Federal Farm Bill requires each state to complete a Statewide Forest Resource Assessment and
Strategy to receive funds under the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act. The Assessment & Strategy will
ultimately ensure that resources are being focused on important landscape areas with the greatest
opportunity to address shared management priorities and achieve meaningful outcomes.

The link for further information is



Lois M. Forshey, 78, of Jackson, Ohio passed away at Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, Ohio on Feb. 15, 1020.
Born in Jackson County, Ohio on Oct. 2, 1931. She is survived by her husband, Ben Forshey, one son Tim and 2
daughters Kathy and Suzy, and their families. Lois and Ben were two of the original members of SOFA and much
endeared to us. SOFA sends their condolences to Ben and the rest of their family on this sad occasion. Ben's
address is 1281 Keystone Station, Jackson, OH., 45640, 740-286-3062.

A decline in California's famed coast fog over the past century could threaten the survival of the endangered coastal
redwood forests, which depend on the misty low clouds for a portion of their water supply. Since the towering
redwoods absorb fog moisture in their leaves, the fog bank reduces the amount of groundwater the trees need during
the normally rain-free California summers.

Source - Columbus Dispatch


            First-Ever Study Quantifies the Economic Impact of Private,
                            Working Forests in the U.S.

Demonstrates that these forests are key to our national infrastructure
December 9, 2009; Charlotte, North Carolina

A new study, commissioned by the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) and conducted by
Forest2Market®, quantifies the economic impact of private, working forests on the U.S. economy. The
study found a significant gap between the contributions made by privately-owned forests over other
ownership types. On average, they generate $277,000 in state GDP per 1,000 acres, while public forests
generate just $41,000 per 1,000 acres.
The study also concludes that every 1,000 acres of private, working forest creates on average 8 jobs,
$270,000 in annual payroll, $9,850 in annual state taxes (income and severance taxes only) and $733,000 in
annual sales.
The study completes the picture of the contributions that working forests make, says David P. Tenny,
President and CEO of NAFO. “We all know that private, working forests provide clean water and air, open
space, wildlife habitat, recreation, and other environmental benefits. This study demonstrates
the significant economic benefits these forests provide: family waged jobs, a strong tax base, and the
economic foundation of the forest products industry. They are fundamental to both the economic and
environmental infrastructure of our nation.”
“This study demonstrates that private working forests support local and state economies,” says Stewart.
“While the industry is struggling from the depressed housing market and the wider recession, it’s important
to know exactly how much working forests contribute in jobs, taxes and GDP. With a clear view of the total
contribution, we can better understand the consequences of public policies and market factors that limit how
much work these forests can do.”

Results of the study are available using the interactive map on NAFO’s website. The full study is available
at or

About NAFO
NAFO is an organization of private forest owners promoting federal policies that protect the economic and
environmental values of privately-owned forests at the national level. NAFO membership encompasses
more than 75 million acres of private forestland in 47 states.
NAFO Contact:
Dan Whiting, Director of Communications                    Email:
Phone: (202) 367-1222
National Alliance of Forest Owners
2025 M Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

                       SOFA has a lending library, and it is the responsibility of the recording
               secretary to curate that library. For the next several newsletters, we will include
               a portion of the library inventory. If you would like to check out any items – or
if you have any items you would care to add to the collection – please let Betsy Pierson
know. She can be reached by phone at 740-703-1645 or e-mail
Here's a solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners. Have a bombproof booth that you can step
into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you !

                                                         SOFA RESOURCE ADVISORS

Lee Crocker, DNR, Pike, Highland                                                                                            740-774-1596 ext 8
Mark Rickey, DNR, Vinton, Hocking, Ross                                                                                     740-774-1596 ext 20
Tim Wilson, DNR, Adams, Brown, Clermont, Scioto                                                                             937-378-4920
Perry Brannan, DNR, Jackson, Lawrence, Gallia                                                                               740-589-9915
David Murray, DNR, Pickaway, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Perry                                                            740-774-1596 ext 12
Dave Apsley, Natural Resource Specialist                                                                                    740-286-2177
Damon Hartley, Forest Utility & Marketing                                                                                   740-289-2071
Mike Besonen, Central District Forester                                                                                     740-772-3681
                                                                             SOFA OFFICERS
Wayne Lashbrook, Chairman (                                                                             740-775-4803
John Kaldmo, Vice Chair (                                                                                        513-797-4705
Randy Sanders Program (                                                                                  614-288-0604
Jim Meacham, Treasurer (                                                                                             740-988-2073
Betsy Pierson, Secretary (                                                                                       740-703-1645
P.J. Gordy, Chief Advisor (                                                                                        740-634-2470
Tim Shoemaker, Newsletter Editor (                                                                           740-851-9127

                                                       APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP



If you own woodland, in which county?______________________Acres Owned_______________________________________

New Member______Renewal______Scholarship Fund Donation $_____________Thank You.

Make check payable to Southern Ohio Forestland Association (SOFA).
Individual $15. Family $25. Partnership, Association, or Corporation $25 Mail application / renewal & check to Jim Meacham,
4332 St Rt 776, Jackson, Oh 45640

                            Next meeting: MARCH 11th
                               at osu south center
                Meeting will be at the Shyville Rd, OSU South Center in Piketon.
       We will have our traditional “pot luck” dinner at about 6:15, with the meeting at 7:00 sharp.
                     We will meet in the Endeavor Center, Room 160
     (The Endeavor Center is the two story building to the right of our usual meeting place)

                  Our presentation will be by Pete Woyar titled “Maple Syrup”
             Pete Woyar, a Consulting Forester, retired from teaching at Hocking College,
       who, along with his wife Marge own and operate a tree farm in Athens County where they
                                  produce maple syrup each year.
       Please consider a donation to the Scholarship fund, send to Jim Meacham, 4332 St Rt 776, Jackson, Oh 45640

                       NOTE: Deadline for Newsletter items is 15th of the month.

  PIKETON OH 45661


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