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Woodland Owners Short Course

The University of Kentucky Forestry Extension is holding its 2017 Woodland Owner Short Course program on Saturdays in different regions of the state. The WOSC, now in its 14th year, is a great opportunity for woodland owners and their families to learn how to enhance their woodlands and get the most from their ownership experience. KWOF is pleased to be a sponsor of the program.

WOSC Participants take wagon ride.

If you haven’t attended one of these field days, if you feel in need of a refresher course or have new questions and concerns, consider attending a short course.

For more information and to register go to:

https://www3.ca.uky.edu/forestry/wosc-2017/new.php or call 859-257-7597 or view the WOSC Brochure.

Warren County

Aug 26 2017 – 9:00am to 4:30pm

Kenton County

Sep 23 2017 – 9:00am to 4:30pm

The regional programs have been developed by local planning committees with local needs in mind and cover a wide variety of subjects. The WOSC offers two programming tracks: green for woodland owners just getting started and gold for those already actively managing their woodlands.

Register now because space is limited.

Single registration price is $20; couple registration is $30.

KWOA/KWOF quarterly board meeting agenda

KWOA /KWOF Board Meeting

August 17, 2017 – Frankfort, 10:30A (EDT) to approximately 2:30P

Members are encouraged to attend.

Build your own sandwiches, chips, drinks and cookies will be available at lunchtime for $5.

The meeting is held at the Kentucky Forest Industries Association office, 106 Progress Drive

Welcome and introductions

  1. Minutes – Portia Brown
  2. Financial report – Bob Gossett
  3. Report on Ag Commodity Conference  – Portia Brown and Frank Hicks
  4. Report on East Kentucky Farmer Conference, SOAR  – Frank Hicks
  5. Membership – Greg Kuhns, Harry Pelle, and Jack Rentz
  6. Working Forest Caucuses report – Jack Rentz
  7. Noon – Lunch
  8. Forestry assessment and taxes – Jim Corum
  9. Preliminary plans for Annual Meeting
  10. Cooperator Reports

KDF

UK Forestry

NRCS

KFIA

Tree Farm

Farm Bureau

KY Conservation Committee

  1. Other Business
  2. Adjourn

 

Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2017

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.

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.

UK Forestry Department Chair Red Baker accepts position at University of Florida; Jeff Stringer steps up as interim chair at UK

Dr. Red Baker has left the UK Department of Forestry to accept a position at the University of Florida.

Terrell “Red” Baker assumed the position of chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry in 2010. Baker came to UK from New Mexico State University. His assessment of his new duties at that time were that “The bones of this department are very strong. There’s a group of very motivated faculty and staff who are 100 percent committed to making good things happen. I view it as part of my job to help them do that, to help them be successful.”

Red Baker’s farewell comments elicit a grin from in-coming interim chair Jeff Stringer

Dr. Baker was a regular at KWOA events and a valuable resource throughout his tenure at UK. His thoughts regarding his departure from UK:  “I am proud of what we accomplished together over the last 7 years. I am confident the department will continue to do great things and I look forward to hearing about its many successes to come in the future.”

Henry Duncan, Frank Hicks and Cliff Taylor attended farewell luncheon for KWOA

Red began his new position in his home state at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as the new director of the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation on April 1.

Thanks to the educators and cooperators who made the KWOA 2017 a success

KWOA appreciates the time, travel and expertise of the many professionals who participated in its annual meeting at Natural Bridge State Park. Their expertise, availability for questions and dedication to their various roles in private woodlands management inspired and clarified the future for woodlands owners attending the annual meeting.

Brown Forman Corporation

H&S Lumber Mill

Kentucky Division of Forestry

Kentucky Forest Industries Association

Powell Valley Millwork

University of Kentucky Forestry Extension

University of Kentucky Department of Forestry

Christopher J. Will, ACF, Central Kentucky Forest Management, Inc.

Kate Robie, Retired Timberland Investment Professional

KWOF approves funding to support woodland education/practice initiatives in 2017

The Kentucky Woodland Owners Foundation has been a long-time financial supporter of the Woodland Owners Short Course, an annual UK Forestry Extension student scholarship and the Leopold Conservation Award. At its February quarterly board meeting, members approved financial assistance to three projects that will inform and enhance woodland and watershed management.

$650 for the 2017 Woodland Owners Short Course (WOSC) workshops

$400 for two $200 competitive scholarships to the Kentucky Forestry Leadership Program, a weeklong program at Jabez for students interested in natural resource management

$500 to the Salt River Watershed Project managed through the Kentucky Waterways Alliance

Governor signs Timber Theft Legislation SB38

Senate Bill 38 relating to timber theft passed both the Senate and the House with one amendment and was signed by the Governor.

The bill amends KRS 364.130 to specify that a person, regardless of state of mind or whether the person believes to be authorized or not, is liable for three times the stumpage value of the timber and three times the cost of any damages to property when he or she takes the timber of another without legal right or color of title.

The amendment exempts residential property owners and farmland owners maintaining their fence rows who mistakenly remove the timber of an adjoining property owner from the requirement to pay treble damages.