Annual Meeting

Mark your calendar and plan to attend our annual meeting March 28-29 at Natural Bridge State Park in Slade, Kentucky.

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“Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to the great natural sandstone arch that stands like a sentinel over this mountain hideaway. Located in the midst of the Daniel Boone National Forest, near the Red River Gorge Geological Area, the arch spans 78 feet in length and 65 feet in height. Visitors will find this park a kaleidoscope of spectacular natural beauty with each passing season.” (Quote and images from Natural Bridge State Park website)

Economic and Manufacturing Perspectives

The event will begin with a sawmill tour on Tuesday morning, March 28th. The annual meeting will begin with lunch at the park followed by several professional presentations on topics of interest to woodland owners. Presentations include  Brown Forman’s perspectives on the white oak production process, the economics of timber production and inter-generational transfer of ownership.

Social time, a banquet, the infamous Woodland Quiz, and guest remarks and recognitions will round out the evening.

Educational seminars will continue on Wednesday morning, March 29th as well as updates from government departments and public and private sectors involved in forestry. A short business meeting will conclude the event. Attendees are encouraged to stay for lunch and park activities on their own.


Tuesday, March 28

9:30 AM            Tour of Powell County Millwork and H&S Sawmill

First stop will be Powell Valley Millwork, 588 Lofty Heights Road, Clay City, KY 40312. The operation is at Exit 16 off of the Mountain Parkway, turn toward Clay City and take the first road to the left that will parallel the Parkway.  Simply follow the road about 1/2 mile and the operation will be on the right; the office is a large Log Cabin and a sign is located out front.  The second stop is H & S Lumber sawmill set for 10:30 am; located at the end of the same road. He will have some logs set out to talk about log grades in addition to the mill tour.

Noon          Lunch

1:30 PM             Welcome and Announcements

1:45 PM             Brown Forman Perspectives on White Oak

Clay Kannapell, Manager of Wood Planning & Processing
Brown Forman Corporation

2:30 PM     Break

2:45 PM             Economics of Timber Production

Chad F. Niman, Primary Forest Products Specialist
University of Kentucky Forestry Extension

3:30 PM     Woodland Acquisition Criteria–Panel Discussion

Kate Robie, Retired Timberland Investment Professional
Christopher J. Will, ACF, Central Kentucky Forest Management
Matthew T. Springer, Ph.D., Assistant Extension Professor of Wildlife      Management, UK Dept. of Forestry

4:30-6:15         Social Time and Woodland Quiz

6:15 PM             Annual Awards Banquet

Recognizing KWOA Founder/Leader: Herb Loyd

State Legislative Update

UK Forestry Student Presentation

KWOA Service Forester Award

In Honor of KWOA Leader: the late Yancey Clark

Wednesday, March 29 – At The Woodland Conference Center

7:30-8:30                        Breakfast – Main Dining Room at the Lodge

9:00 AM                          Welcome and Announcements

9:15 AM                          Cooperator Reports

Kentucky Division of Forestry – Bill Steele
Kentucky Forest Industries Association – Bob Bauer
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Mark Ferguson

10:00 AM                         Inter-Generational Transfer of Ownership

Steve Isaacs, UK Extension Professor and Extension Coordinator

10:15 AM                         Cooperator Reports

UK Department of Forestry – Billy Thomas
American Tree Farm – Steve Gray
Kentucky Farm Bureau – Bige Hensley
Kentucky Conservation Committee – Lane Boldman

11:00 AM                         Break

11:15 AM                         KWOA and KWOF Annual Business Meetings &   Elections

Noon                                 Adjourn

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