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KWOF accepting applications for UK forestry student SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

 

The Kentucky Woodland Owners Foundation is again sponsoring a scholarship award in the amount of $1000 to eligible students in the University of Kentucky forestry program.

Applications for the scholarship are due no later than October 9, 2017.

See the KWOF Scholarship Application BELOW  for further information and instructions on how to apply.

 

KWOF Scholarship Application – Fall 2017

Provided by the Kentucky Woodland Owners Foundation

dmclaren@uky.edu

editor@kwoa.net

 Make available (electronic or paper) the Student Information, Personal Reflection Statement and Letter(s) of Recommendation to:

 Doug McLaren, Vice President of KWOA/KWOF

330 Cave Run Circle

Versailles, KY 40383

dmclaren@uky.edu

 

Fall 2017 Annual Reflection Statement for the KWOF Scholarship Award 

It is almost over!

Just like the old saying, “I can see the light at the end of the tunnel”. Your college training in the field of forestry is almost complete. Just a few more semesters.

It is always important to keep a strong view on the future but many times the future has been based and grounded on some event of the past.

Looking back over the classes that you have taken to prepare you for your college degree in forestry, what one course can you point to that you feel solidified the idea that a career in forestry was going to be a good match for you.

 

Deadline – this application deadline is October 9th, 2017

Kentucky Woodland Owners Foundation Scholarship

 PURPOSE: The purpose of the Kentucky Woodlands Owners Foundation Scholarship is to provide annually an award to an outstanding student enrolled in the University of Kentucky’s professional forestry degree program. Awards will be granted on the basis of leadership potential, connection with the forestry community, and insight for the forestry profession.

 

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants for the Kentucky Woodland Owners Foundation Scholarship must be a full-time University of Kentucky undergraduate student in the professional program of forestry and have a minimum ranking of senior at the time of the October 9th deadline date but has not graduated. The award can only be awarded to any one person once.

 

SCHOLARSHIP: The Kentucky Woodland Owners Foundation Scholarship is in the amount of $1000. These monies will be paid directly to the University of Kentucky for tuition fees. The award announcement will be no later than December 8th, 2017.

 

AWARD SELECTION: Scholarship recipients will be selected on a competitive basis by using a combination of criteria which include but not limited to: leadership potential, extracurricular activities, community service, and written submission as required for the award. This is not an academic scholarship.

 

APPLICATIONS:  Application should be returned to the Kentucky Woodland Owners Foundation’s Vice President, Doug McLaren, 330 Cave Run Circle, Versailles, KY 40383 either by land mail or an electronic version.

 

If you have any questions, call, 859.881.8583 or email dmclaren@uky.edu

 

KEY DATES: Completed and submitted application date will be no later than October 9th, 2017. Scholarship awards will be announced by December 8th, 2017 for tuition payment. It is requested but not mandated that the recipient of the award attend the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association annual meeting (normally during the spring season) to be recognized for the award. Costs for attending will be defrayed.

 

APPLICATION SUMMARY: The following information and documents must be submitted to be accepted as a complete application packet by the student. If any of the information is missing on the deadline date of         October 9th, 2017 the applicant will not be eligible for the award.

 

First Section (limited to one page)Student information: Complete name, address, telephone number, and email address. Please make notation of your high school. On this page will also be where you may make any statements concerning your academic performance and contributions either in school leading to your entrance into the forestry program at the University of Kentucky or contributions you have made while at the forestry program. Please feel free to list any influences that were made to your making the decision to major in forestry.  This page provides you the opportunity to discuss your interest and desire to be involved in forestry.

 

Second SectionRecommendation(s): Requested that you have a least one formal letter of recommendation from a member of the Forestry and Natural Resources Department at the University of Kentucky (teaching, research, or Cooperative Extension).

Concluding SectionPersonal Reflection Statement:  You will be asked to provide your personal reflections on an “Annual Reflection Statement” (2017 – “It is almost over!”) It will change annually. Your remarks to this statement will be confined to 500 words. Go to www.kwoa.net and click on top banner NEWS and EVENTS and then mid screen Forest Updates

 

Ancient American Chestnut makes surprising appearance on Pelle tree farm

Thanks to Harry Pelle, KWOA board member, for sharing this story

While marking fifty acres for a timber stand improvement project on their property on April 23rd, Harry and Karen Pelle along with Chris Will, their consulting forester, found quite a welcome surprise. They discovered a couple of American Chestnut root sprouts. Harry admits there have been other aspiring chestnut seedlings over the thirty years the Pelle’s have been traversing their tree farm near Bradfordsville but they didn’t know what to look for.

The day before, Earth Day, they had helped plant 1200 American Chestnuts at Eastern Kentucky University’s Taylor Fork Ecological Area.

Earth Day 2016 - EKU faculty, staff, students and volunteers join The American Chestnut Foundation to plant 1200 American Chestnuts in Taylor Fork Ecological Area on Arbor Day
Earth Day 2016 – EKU faculty, staff, students and volunteers join The American Chestnut Foundation to plant 1200 American Chestnuts in Taylor Fork Ecological Area on Arbor Day

The effort with The American Chestnut Foundation seeks to restore the iconic tree as a staple in eastern forests.

April 22, 2016 – Karen and Harry Pelle volunteer with EKU American Chestnut planting
April 22, 2016 – Karen and Harry Pelle volunteer with EKU American Chestnut planting

 

That recent experience may have made the Pelle’s more aware of the chestnut’s latest effort to re-establish itself in the territory where it once reigned.

The Pelle’s marked the spot where they found the tree sprouts on Chris’s GPS and with a tee post.

April 23, 2016 – Newly discovered American Chestnut sprouts on Pelle tree farm
April 23, 2016 – Newly discovered American Chestnut sprouts on Pelle tree farm

The Pelle’s also cleared the area around the sprouts of fallen tops and brush. They intend to monitor the potential trees’ progress and just maybe these two will beat the Chestnut Blight that decimated the regions mighty giants. It may be the next generation of Pelles that will have to continue the watch over the seedlings.

The newest trees are in good company. Harry has an American Chestnut restoration grove just down the hill from the little guys. He likes to think the trees’ ancestors are looking down the hill and cheering on their new cousins in the fight to beat the blight. Harry thinks the finding of the sprouts “might have been the chestnuts’ way of saying ‘thanks for the help.’”

 

KWOA and NWOA support resolution to create Timber Theft and Trespass Reduction Task Force

HCR 29 directs the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission to establish a Timber Theft and Trespass Reduction Task Force to study issues regarding timber theft and trespass and to develop consensus recommendations to address those issues.

The task force would meet three times before submitting its final report to the LRCommission by November 30, 2016. The LRC has authority to alternatively assign the issues identified in the Resolution to interim joint committees or subcommittees.

Sponsored in the House by representatives Combs, Denham, Howard, Montell, Nelson, Osborne and Riggs, the resolution passed 95-0 in February. It is now in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

KWOA voted at its annual meeting to support the resolution with a letter from President Frank Hicks. In addition, Keith Argow, President, National Woodland Owners Association submitted a letter of support to the senate committee. In his letter Argow notes that “…Kentucky has one of the weakest positions against timber theft of any state.” He argues that, in addition to inherent flaws, Kentucky’s current statute with respect to timber theft, KRS 364.130, is a civil statute that requires timber theft victims to file civil suits, an action that is out of reach for many landowners. The result, Argow concludes, is that “logging theft is an almost risk-free crime.”

KWOA members are encouraged to call and/or write their senators on the Natural Resources and Energy Committee in support of HCR 29. The 2016 legislative session adjourns April 12.

Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee
• Sen. Jared Carpenter [Chair]
• Sen. Brandon Smith [Vice Chair]
• Sen. C.B. Embry Jr.
• Sen. Chris Girdler
• Sen. Ernie Harris
• Sen. Paul Hornback
• Sen. Ray S. Jones II
• Sen. John Schickel
• Sen. Johnny Ray Turner
• Sen. Robin L. Webb
• Sen. Whitney Westerfield

Foresters obtain tree farm inspector certification

On April 14, 2009, 15 industry and consultant foresters underwent American Tree Farm Inspector Training. This training provides the background needed to inspect and re-inspect Kentucky forested land which can then be certified in the American Tree Farm System (ATFS). All Tree Farm inspectors volunteer their time to work with and inspect Kentucky Tree Farm lands. Training was held at Domtar Paper Company, LLC-Hawesville, KY. The training facilitator was Pam Snyder, Forest Management Chief, Kentucky Division of Forestry. The training was sponsored by the Kentucky SIC (Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee).

Fifteen industry & consultant foresters graduated from the American Tree Farm System Inspector Training held at Domtar Paper Company, LLC-Hawesville, KY Mill on April 14th, 2009. Pictured are from left to right (front):  David James, John Williams, Steve Rogier, Pam Snyder KDF instructor, Ken Negray, Tom Broadfoot, Dan Allard.  Back:  Scott Shouse, Melvin Hack, Cary Perkins, Tim Arnzen, Justin Law, Mike Ladd, Darrel Fulghum, Larry Mahler, and Chris Fry.
Fifteen industry & consultant foresters graduated from the American Tree Farm System Inspector Training held at Domtar Paper Company, LLC-Hawesville, KY Mill on April 14th, 2009. Pictured are from left to right (front): David James, John Williams, Steve Rogier, Pam Snyder KDF instructor, Ken Negray, Tom Broadfoot, Dan Allard. Back: Scott Shouse, Melvin Hack, Cary Perkins, Tim Arnzen, Justin Law, Mike Ladd, Darrel Fulghum, Larry Mahler, and Chris Fry.

In August, 2008, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) endorsed the American Tree Farm System. As a result of this endorsement Kentucky tree farms are now third party certified, and are recognized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) as meeting the standards to qualify tree farms to provide SFI certified wood. The ATFS supports recognized requirements that assure sustainably managed forests. The mission of ATFS is to promote the growing of renewable forest resources on private lands while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of all benefits of productive forestry.

The ATFS is sponsored nationally by the American Forest Foundation, a 501c3 non profit organization promoting the sustainable management of forests through education and outreach to private forest landowners. Kentucky currently has 801 certified tree farms covering 270,729 acres. Kentucky’s Tree Farms are dedicated to producing wood products, maintaining wildlife habitat, improving water quality, and providing outdoor recreational opportunities. To be eligible for tree farm certification, a landowner must have a minimum of 10 forested acres, have a commitment to practice sustainable, long-term forest management , and demonstrate proactive forest management involvement.

To obtain more information on Kentucky’s Tree Farm Program, contact the Kentucky Division of Forestry at 502-564-4496, or any of the newly trained ATFS inspectors, or visit www.treefarmsystem.org or www.kytreefarm.org.