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May 18, 2017 Quarterly Board Meeting Agenda

KENTUCKY WOODLAND OWNERS ASSOCIATION/KENTUCKY WOODLAND OWNERS FOUNDATION

May 18, 2017 Quarterly Board Meeting

Kentucky Forest Industries Association building, 106 Progress Drive, Frankfort, KY

10:30 a.m. (EDT) Welcome and Introductions

Minutes-Portia Brown

Financial-Bob Gossett and Marsha McCartney

Committee Reports:

Membership-Greg Kuhns, Harry Pelle and Jack Rentz

Forestry Assessment and taxes-Jim Corum

Report on Congressional Working Forest Caucus

Appoint Annual Meeting Committee

Consider sponsorship of Leopold Award

Presentation by Eric Schrader

 

Noon: Lunch

 

1:00 PM:

Presentation from Dendri Fund

Establish date for Next KWOA/KWOF board meeting

 

Cooperator Reports:

UK Department of Forestry

KDF

NRCS

KFIA

Tree Farm

Farm Bureau

 

Other Business

 

Adjourn

Salt River Watershed Watch 2017

The Salt River Watershed Watch project plants trees, shrubs and grasses in riparian areas to improve water quality. The project is designed to raise awareness of the importance of the riparian zone, and the important part it plays in water quality.  Last fall SRWW volunteers planted 1500 trees and hundreds of grasses and forbes along streams in Jefferson, Meade and Nelson counties.

The project focuses on Breckinridge, Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham and Shelby Counties but will work anywhere in the basin. It is looking for landowners to provide property for plantings.

Identify riparian planting sites.  If you own land along a creek you may nominate it. We will secure agreements with the landowners to allow us to come onto the property and they need to be willing to provide maintenance of trees/shrub seedlings for at least the first two years. If you know of a site with habitat that would be classified as “marginal” or “poor” please email Stephen Perry, Riparian Corridor Enhancement Project Manager at at sperry40055@att.net.

More information about the project and its latest progress reports go to https://sites.google.com/site/saltriverwatershedwatch/.

The project is supported by the Virginia Environmental Endowment, Kentucky Woodland Owners Association, UK Extension Service and Jefferson County Extension Office. The Salt River project is a pilot that hopes to be the lead on a statewide project.

Josh Frazier receives KWOA Outstanding Service Forester Award

Josh Frazier, service forester for northeastern Kentucky, received KWOA’s Outstanding Service Forester Award at this year’s annual meeting.

Josh Frazier accepts KWOA Outstanding Service Forester Award from Henry Duncan, past KWOA president and Frank Hicks, current president
Photo by Billy Thomas, UK Forestry Extension

Frazier has been employed by the Kentucky Division of Forestry for more than eleven years. He became a Service Forester for northeastern Kentucky in 2008.

Josh’s love of the land is demonstrated by his dedication to good forestry, his enthusiasm for his job and his willingness to work with landowners and encourage them to be involved in managing their forests.

Jack Stickney Named Kentucky Tree Farmer of the Year

From the Kentucky Forest Industries Association newsroom:

 Jack Stickey from Irvine, Kentucky was recently honored as the 2016 Kentucky Tree Farmer of the Year at the KFIA 52nd Annual Meeting in Lexington. Stickney was selected from a number of nominations submitted to the state Tree Farm Committee from throughout Kentucky.

Steve Gray, KY Tree Farm Chairman (right) present Jack. & Teresa Stickney with the Kentucky Tree Farmer of the Year award and a STIHL Farm Boss Chain saw donated by Bryan Equipment Sales.
Photo courtesy KFIA

Stickney’s 100 acre Tree Farm in Estill County, Kentucky is managed for a wide range of benefits including timber production, wildlife and recreation.  The tree farm is also used for numerous educational purposes for environmental classes and has also hosted a regional woodland owners short course.

 

Jack is a KWOA board member for its eastern zone.

Douglas McLaren Named KFIA Communicator of the Year

From the KFIA newsroom:

Doug McLaren, retired from University of Kentucky Department of Forestry in Lexington, KY was recently honored as the 2016 Kentucky Forest Industries Association Communicator of the Year at the Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) 52nd Annual Meeting in Lexington.

McLaren has reached all segments of the forest products supply chain through his leadership and communication efforts as vice president of the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association.

KFIA Executive Director Bob Bauer (r) presents Doug McLaren (l) with the Kentucky Forest Industries Communicator of the Year award. Photo courtesy KFIA

McLaren has been influential to his profession, community and region aggressively communicating the issues that affect the wood industry all the while promoting professionalism by encouraging others to get involved in outreach efforts

UK Forestry Extension Taking the Lead on Establishing a White Oak Partnership

Interest and demand for white oak timber supply is extremely high which has raised some concerns about the long-term sustainability of this invaluable resource. To address this concern, the Sustainability of White Oak Timber Conference was held at the Kentucky Forest Industries Annual Meeting on April 4, 2017. This conference was hosted by UK Forestry Extension—this is the second white oak meeting they have organized to address white oak supply in the last few years. Approximately 100 people attended the one day Sustainability of White Oak Timber Conference which provided information to industries dependent upon white oak and organizations/agencies associated with these industries. State and national experts provided updates on oak stand development, current forest inventory and monitoring, the issues affecting future white oak supply, and the need to establish a White Oak Partnership. There was overwhelming support amongst those in attendance to create a White Oak Partnership to address the following:

  • Proper monitoring of white oak growth and drain
  • Resources focused on addressing white oak threats
  • Economic modelling associated with determining white oak availability
  • Elected officials and governmental organizations understand the importance of this resource
  • Development of a National White Oak Initiative to help protect and improve white oak sustainability

If you would like to learn more about the White Oak Partnership please visit www.ukforestry.org or call Dr. Jeff Stringer at 859.257.5994.

Intrepid hikers trek to bridge

The annual meeting was not all speakers and business. Several members found time between rain storms to hike up to The Bridge. Portia and Jerry Brown, Jerry Adams and Jerry Schneider completed the trek at dawn the first day of the meeting to watch the sun come up under the bridge before the day’s indoor programs began.

Bridge at dawn
Photo by Portia Brown

As one astute member later observed, the three men gave a whole new meaning to gerrymandering. The three Jerry’s paused from their meandering long enough for this photo op.

The Jerry’s meandering from left to right: Jerry Brown, Jerry Adams and Jerry Schneider
Photo by Portia Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They were not alone in their quest. Karen and Steve Marshall hit the near vertical trail the evening before and just ahead of a furious rain storm.

 

Updates from our cooperators – first quarter 2017

Forest fires

The Kentucky Division of Forestry implemented some novel procedures to address the 2016 fall forest fire hazard season (October 1 through December 15). Bill Steele, KDF Director, reported that 50,000 acres burned in the state last fall. KDF gave crash courses in fire fighting to staff from the state Mining and Fish &Wildlife agencies, as well as volunteer firemen in 2016. The agency plans to increase the number of seasonal firefighters whose pay is funded during the fire season. This expansion will free up its rangers in 2017 to implement prescribed burns, trail maintenance, invasives control and streamside management. (The spring fire season stretches from February 15 through April 30.)

Logging inspections

The above changes to rangers’ duties also intends for them to conduct fewer logging operation inspections. There are currently 50 rangers qualified to inspect logging sites who conduct 80-90 inspections per year.  By law the rangers are only required to respond to complaints, bad actors and requests for assistance.

Tree nurseries

Kentucky’s two nurseries have lost $400,000 in the last two years. The goal is to have them break even in the next two years. One initiative will be to grow more white oak with assistance from the state’s distilleries who require this species for their bourbon barrels. Another push will be plant tree seedlings on 140,000 acres of abandoned mined lands in eastern Kentucky. Although there are some land preparation and property ownership issues, Pam Snyder reported that there is Abandoned Mined Land Reclamation funding for the tree planting.

Forest management plans and NRCS

Progress in reinstating NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) reimbursement to KDF for marking trees should expedite the backlog of forest management plans. NRCS is also expanding the number of technical service providers (private consulting foresters who have met the TSP certification) to write Conservation Activity Plans for Forest Management (CAP-FM). In addition, the traditional Conservation Stewardship Plan is being expanded to include a practice plan and new program elements now called enhancements. Two thirds of the enhancements are forestry or wildlife related. Hopefully this change will speed up the EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) application process.

Intergenerational transfer of family farm is cyclical, not linear

“Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you” is the ultimate conversation stopper, says Steve Isaacs, UK extension coordinator for farm management, in the complex and often unpleasant and unproductive dialogue between family generations regarding what will happen to the family farm.

Steve Isaacs de-bunks popular myths about how to transfer the family farm
Photo by Billy Thomas, UK Forestry Extension

Family farm succession is about more than legal and tax implications according to Dr. Isaacs who is also director for the UK Tax Education Program. It is about the transfer of assets, management, leadership and, yes, debt in a cyclical process.

Isaacs stressed that the first priority in this cycle is assuring an adequate retirement income for the parents. The estate tax is a paper tiger for most people; “death taxes don’t destroy family farms… families do.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are only two categories of workers that are older than farmers – school crossing guards and Walmart greeters.

Isaacs recommended engaging a transition team familiar with farmland issues that could include an attorney, accountant, financial planner, lender, extension educator and/or business consultant. This team’s function is to identify and generate ideas, technical information, evaluation and suggestions.

Isaacs recommended conducting the transition discussion at a neutral location, not at the family kitchen table. He advised treating siblings fairly, not necessarily equally and include spouses in the discussion.

A facilitator and recorder will summarize and document the items on which the family has agreed.

With some guidance and a transition plan, Isaacs says the conversation by the entire family can become “Here’s how we’re going to take care of things.”

Steve will be conducting a full day session on this subject in the near future. Check our events page for that announcement.

Herb Loyd, KWOA founder, recognized at annual meeting

Dr. Herb Loyd, one of KWOA’s six founders, was recognized for his contributions to the association by Donald Girton at the2017 annual meeting.

Loyd was born and raised in rural West Virginia. His interest in forestry came by a circuitous route that started with military service in Germany and acquaintance with a German forester.

That experience prompted Herb to acquire forest property in Fleming County in the early 1980’s and begin active management. Herb has hosted numerous meetings and field days at his tree farm.

Herb’s involvement with KWOA has been extensive since serving on its organizing committee in 1994 and subsequently as treasurer, director, vice president as well as education and policy committee chair. He participated in developing the association’s articles of incorporation, by-laws, its initial strategy focus and its 2004 position statement.

Herb Loyd (right to left), one of KWOA’s founders, was recognized by another founder, Don Girton, with Frank Hicks, current president and Jack Rentz, previous president.
Photo by Billy Thomas, UK Forestry Extension

In his tribute to Herb Loyd, Girton, also a KWOA founder, commented that what he had learned to appreciate about Herb was his “passion for woodland resources, implementation of programs based on sound policy and problem-solving that leads to positive outcomes.”