The cooperative development center gave OPPC a series of "mini-grants." One was used to take a trip to Wisconsin to visit a pine cooperative (which is no longer in existence).
In 2004, OPPC began thinning white pine by using contractors with cut-to-length equipment, a new technology for the region that involves delimbing trees and cutting them to length directly at the stump area.
OPPC has, according to Woyar, exerted some influence on the stumpage price, which is now 50 to 100 percent more than when the co-op was established.
The co-op has an extensive list of contacts, who are kept abreast of what OPPC has available.
Not only are the members of OPPC attempting to be "fairly compensated" for their work and material, according to Woyar, but they also want to set an example.
OPPC recently applied for another grant for smaller, lighter logging equipment which would have less impact on the land and allow it to tackle smaller logging jobs.
Jim Jeffers says he would like to see more members in OPPC. "I think if it's going to have an economic impact of any significance, it needs to have a lot more members," says Jeffers, a lawyer in California who has spent considerable time in Ohio since taking over the tree farm.