Category Archives: Annual Meeting

Nominate Your Service Forester for KWOA Recognition

We are looking for nominations from KWOA Members for your Outstanding KDF Service Forester

Kentucky Woodland Owners Association will recognize a KDF Service Forester for his/her outstanding achievements. Nominations may be made by any KWOA member and are due no later than February 13, 2019.

Purpose:

To recognize outstanding accomplishments of KDF Service Foresters employed with the Kentucky Division of Forestry. The applicant should have not received this award for the past three years. Nominations may be submitted by any KWOA Member.

 

Suggested format and guidelines for nominations:

  1. Entries may be typed or handwritten. Limit the award entry to 2 pages, one side only, plus 1-2 pages, one side only, of supportive information, i.e., letter(s) of support, news articles, pictures, etc. Additional pages beyond this description will not be considered. The nomination may be submitted in an electronically word file prepared format if desired.
  2. Consideration for the service award will be the demonstrated overall professionalism, the volume of work, the relationship with the woodland owner, the responsiveness to request and the sustained excellence over a period of time.
  3. Include in the application:
    • Full name, current address and title plus email address of nominee
    • Name, contact information of the one preparing the nomination
  4. Other considerations, if available. Work history, achievements that particularly relate to success

in working with Kentucky Woodland Owners: who benefited and what were the impacts. Additional contributions made to forestry including work on committees, task forces, and leadership positions.

  1. Summary Statements of Support: Concise, well-written, easy-to-read narrative summary statement (50-75 words).
  2. TIME PERIOD: Entries are due by February 13, 2019. Although forestry programs require more than one year completing, the major accomplishments being considered should have been realized during the past three years.
  3. Submit applications by February 13 to Karen Marshall, KWOA editor: editor@kwoa.net or mail hardcopy to KWOA at PO Box 694, Maysville KY 41056.

 

Kentucky Division of Forestry Service Foresters are the first line of support for Kentucky woodland owners who have a desire and need to manage their woodlands. 160,000+ woodland owners have 10 acres or more located throughout the state. The service forester’s workload is demanding and important to woodland owners.

KDF will review the top three applications for accuracy and notify the KWOA awards committee for the selection. This recognition will not automatically be awarded each year if applicants do not meet KWOA selection standards.

The winning recipient and a guest will be invited to the KWOA annual meeting where the recognition and a plaque will be presented.

Previous award recipients were: James Morris (2010), Steve Gray (2011), Kevin Galloway (2012), Robert Bean (2013), Michael C.Froelich (2014), Lisa Armstrong (2015), William Knott (2016), Josh Frazier (2017) and Floyd Willis (2018).

Donate Items for the 2019 Annual Meeting Silent Auction

Start your spring cleaning early! Look for an item you would like to donate to the annual meeting silent auction. Donations can be anything with a monetary value. Examples:  sporting event tickets, gift baskets, gift cards, handmade items such as scarves, blankets and wooden items such as toys, bowls, spoons, etc.

Email a description of your item and a suggested minimum bid to Harry Pelle, board member, at hpelle@windstream.net. Please put Silent Auction in the subject line of your email.

Water quality is theme for KWOA/F 2019 Annual Meeting

The  committee responsible for the annual meeting would like to thank our members for their input into the topics you are interested in. After consideration, we have taken a themed approach. Most, if not all of you, are aware of the American Tree Farm System. The four tenets of the ATFS are Wood, Wildlife, Water, and Recreation. So, for at least the next four years we will be using each of these as the theme for the annual meeting. Starting with Water in 2019. Clean water plays a major role in our lives. We will be looking at the importance of streams and their health, and how proper forest management contributes to the clean water we all need. It is our hope you will find this informative and fun.

Morning topics include management of Pennyrile State Forest, state of its watersheds, biology and field chemistry, habitat and riparian issues, and streams and timber harvesting.

Tuesday evening’s events include a social hour, silent auction, banquet and speakers.

 

 

Wednesday morning’s agenda addresses the state Watershed Watch program, the American Chestnut Foundation, cooperators’ reports and the annual business meeting.

Click here to see the full agenda.

Meeting registration includes Tuesday lunch and evening banquet. Lodging consists of lakeside rooms and cottages.

Register on-line for the annual meeting today.

The room rate at the Resort Park will be $89.95 per night. Make reservations by calling 270-797-3421.

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Please note that registration will be at the Pennyrile State Forest Office, not at the State Resort Park. Register on-line today.

You will be able to check in at the Park later in the day. March 26th most of our activities will be outside and in or near a stream, please dress accordingly.

The address for the Pennyrile State Forest is 120 Nursery Drive  Dawson Springs, KY 42408. The phone number is 270-797-3241.

** The address for the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is: 20781 Pennyrile Lodge Road Dawson Springs, KY 42408.  The phone  number is 270-797-3421.

Supplementary Materials

An American Tragedy, How a Mass Extinction Can Help Save Our Forest

Rex Mann | TEDxYoungstown

Rex Mann, is a 40 year veteran of the US Forest service and a smoke jumper many of those years and a member of the American Chestnut Foundation. He  talks about the American Chestnut, restoration and more.

 

2018 Annual Meeting took on rural roads, spirits, weather

The 2018 KWOA annual meeting challenged and delighted members in many ways with flavors, weather and rural roads. The adventure started on Tuesday morning, March 20th in Frankfort with a guided tour of Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Participants gained an understanding of the complexities of the bourbon making process through history, barrel house inspections and, yes, sampling several types of bourbon mid-morning at the tourism center’s bar.

“Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whisky, and a dog to eat the rare steak.” —Quote by Johnny Carson in the Single Oak Project exhibit

In the same area is the Single Oak Project exhibit, a recently completed experiment to test the effects of barrels made from 96 oak trees selected from as many different locations as well as ages. The resulting bourbons, all aged for eight years, are on display as is a list of sites from which the oak trees were harvested.

From the distillery the road warriors traveled to Elk Creek Vineyards in Owen County.

After a pizza buffet lunch and some post-St. Patrick’s Day iridescent green wine, the group went below ground to see another type of barrel used to age wines and learn about the cultivation and processing of grapes.

With snow definitely in the forecast, the tour headed to General Butler State Park to continue the agenda with the evening award banquet.

Members met this year’s forestry student scholarship recipient, Abigail Adams (see spring newsletter issue for full article about Abby).

The association’s Outstanding Service Forester award was presented to Floyd Willis, KDF northeast region.

Floyd Willis accepts KWOA Outstanding Service Forester Award from Henry Duncan (left() and Frank Hicks (right). Photo by Pam Snyder, KDF

Dr. Greg Kuhns, tree farmer in Bullitt County, was recognized for over 20 years of service to KWOA as a board member, vice president, annual meeting chair and representation at national and regional American Tree Farm meetings.

Jack Rentz (left) and Don Girton (right) recognize Greg Kuhn’s leadership

 

A substantial snowfall graced the park during the night. Some speakers were unable to travel to the park for Wednesday’s educational program and cooperators reports. But quick technology fixes on both ends enable presentations by Skype from several of those scheduled. Members learned about limited supplies of white oak timber to meet growing demands, timber exports and invasive species and insects affecting woodland owners’ properties.

After hearing updates from the forestry division, university, conservation committee and forest industries association, members elected officers and board for the coming year. KWOA welcomes new board members Scott Taylor (central zone) and James Vincent (western zone). By the time the meeting adjourned the snow had melted and members were able to return home safely.

KWOA/F thanks the many individuals who planned and managed the annual meeting. Special appreciation goes to Doug McLaren who took the lead on organizing the site visits and program. Preparations are already underway for the 2019 meeting. We hope you will plan to attend.

Members elect 2018 officers and directors

The slate of officers and board members for 2018 is a mix of new and familiar faces.

Doug McLaren, previous vice president, has stepped up to the office of president. Portia Brown has moved from secretary to the vice president position. Jack Rentz, a past president, is now secretary. Some directors have renewed terms representing different zones than their previous positions. (See complete roster on back page.)

The board welcomes Scott Taylor, Danville, to the central zone slot and James Vincent, Henderson, to represent the western zone. KWOA thanks Frank Hicks, out-going president, for his commitment and service to the association.

Scott Taylor owns woodlands adjacent to his father and KWOF board member, Cliff Taylor. The family farms are in Boyle and Casey Counties. He recently retired from a long career with the University of Florida Agriculture Department where he worked in dairy and crop production, focusing on commercial vegetable production for the last 25 years. He developed the Pesticide Residue Testing Model that is used across the USA.

Taylor family (right to left) Scott with his wife and daughter, Cliff, and brother Steve (Professor at Mississippi State University), with his son Scott. Photo by Henry Duncan

As a Kentucky Master Woodland Steward and Master Logger, Scott believes KWOA has a unique opportunity to provide goods and services to society and that we need to structure our response to these opportunities in ways that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Jim Vincent is recently retired from a 50+ career in the plastics industry. He grew up in Robards and owns, with wife Holly, properties that include 250 acres of woodlands in Webster County and about 80 acres of wooded wetland habitat in Henderson County. Vincent is a long-time member of The American Chestnut Foundation and the Henderson Audubon Society.

Jim Vincent poses for a photo at Natural Bridge State Park

 

Jim and wife Holly

Jim says joining the KWOA board is especially exciting and relevant to that which he enjoys. He further comments, “I am very interested in good woodland stewardship and the resulting environmental, economic and recreational benefits. Being able to meet and interact with such knowledgeable KWOA members provides a great opportunity to learn more about my favorite subject.”

Jim and Holly Vincent

Single Oak Project at Buffalo Trace Distillery focuses on oak wood

The Single Oak Project displays the culmination of an eight year study of, among other factors, the effect of different types of oak wood on the final bourbon product.

Started in 1999 the experiment individually selected 96 American oak trees that differed according to grain size (tight, average or coarse based on growth rings per inch) and growing location. A single barrel was constructed from the top and bottom each tree with various stave seasonings and charrings. These single oak barrels were then filled with different recipe whiskeys, at various entry proofs and aged in a variety of different warehouse styles. All of the single Oak Project bourbons were aged for eight years.

“Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whisky, and a dog to eat the rare steak.” —Johnny Carson

This experiment allows whiskey connoisseurs to directly compare the impact of seven different critical variables across 192 bottles for a total of 1,396 taste combinations. The Single Oak Project is undoubtedly the most extensive bourbon experiment ever undertaken.

And the winner is …

The winning bourbon from Barrel #80 was a rye recipe bourbon, entered into a barrel made from oak harvested from the bottom half of the tree with staves seasoned for 12 months. The grain size of the wood was considered average and the barrel received a number four char inside. The whiskey entered the barrel at 125 proof and was aged in a concrete floor warehouse.

For more information:  www.singleoakproject.com

 

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.

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.

 

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.

Items to consider when purchasing woodland property

Chris Will, Consulting Forester, advised annual meeting attendees to consider three important items when considering the purchase of a woodland property:

the tax consequences of selling a woodlands property versus holding it as an investment

protect it with a survey

develop a forest management plan and keep the plan updated.

Woodland acquistition criteria panelists, (right to left) Chris Will, Kate Robie and Matt Springer discuss what to do and what to avoid when considering a property purchase; Doug McLaren moderating.
Photo by Billy Thomas, UK Forestry Extension

Will was part of a panel discussing Woodland Acquisition Criteria at the 2017 KWOA annual meeting.