Woodland Assessment: The Kentucky Farm Bureau will participate in a meeting with the Revenue Cabinet in an effort to correct inequities in the current methods used to assess woodlands. Certification would be the proposed requirement to be used as evidence of management. The belief is that changes in assessment methods could be made within existing legislation and regulations, and only would require approval of the Revenue Cabinet. Cooperation by the Kentucky PVA Association would be important in obtaining approval for these changes. Plans are being made for a meeting to advance these efforts.
New KWOA Logo and apparel: A new logo has been approved.
Apparel and other items with the KWOA logo can be purchased online through the Western Heritage Store.
Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy: KWOA is moving is taking steps to qualify for GOAP programs. Dr. Dan Kahl of UK Community Leadership and Development will facilitate the May 5, 2019 board meeting to help sort out the issues. That meeting will likely convene in Lexington.
Health Task Force: Don Girton indicated that the Heath Task Force has been re-vitalized. Dr. Ellen Crocker of UK is the point person. In addition, the efforts to obtain compensation for Emerald Ash Borer losses are still under way.
Political Issues: Senator Rand Paul’s proposed amendments to the Natural Resources Management Act (S.47) would authorize the construction of recreational facilities on federal government waterways feeding into Lake Cumberland, and the sale of land along U.S. 27 in the Daniel Boone National Forest for the purpose of development.
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service: Jared Calvert indicated that $15MM in EQUIP funding has been approved for 2019, $1.5MM of which is allocated to forestry.
Kentucky Forest Industries Association: The American Tree Farm System National Leadership Conference will be held in Louisville February 26-28.
Kentucky Division of Forestry: There will be a tree planting event in Whitley County March 28-30.
Next board meetings:
March 27 at the annual meeting
May 9 in Lexington; details forthcoming
August 8, 2019
November 14, 2019