November KWOA/F Quarterly Board Meeting Highlights

The Kentucky Division of Water Nonpoint Source and Basin Team Section is establishing new watershed planning areas through 319(h) grants of the Clean Water Act. It needs concerned, knowledgeable groups on the ground for partners in future projects.

The UK Forestry Extension’s 2019 Forest Leadership program was attended by 27 high school students. KWOF sponsored scholarships for two students who may attend the KWOA annual meeting.

The application deadline for the annual Kentucky Aldo Leopold award is April 1st.

The Kentucky Conservation Committee and the Natural Lands Trust are in ongoing dialogue regarding opportunities for wildlife corridor legislation corresponding with a federal bill, the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, which has been receiving bipartisan interest.

KCC was one of four organizations hosting a conference last month on Biodiversity and Climate Change in the Upper Cumberland Watershed region. It hosted about a dozen presenters with backgrounds in land conservation, biology, soil and water specialists. See presentations from the conference.

Kentucky Department for Natural Resources Division of Conservation provides technical assistance to 121 local conservation districts to develop, administer and implement sound conservation programs.

Kentucky Division of Forestry has new staff in charge of timber harvest inspections because every logger should have the same expectations and results. Two million tree seedlings are available at the state nurseries.

The Kentucky Farm Bureau’s December 5th Forestry Commodity Meeting in Louisville will present the topic of timber marketing and wildlife.

Some UK Forestry Extension county offices will be hosting webinars on Thursday evenings beginning in February with the theme of economics of forestry. The Forestry 400 Human Dimension of Forestry and Natural Resources class will present the results of its project to assist KWOA in promoting sustainable forest management on December 4.

The US Department of Interior Surface Mining Reclamation took a group of Society of American Foresters on a tour of the forest at Berea College where they saw horse logging and a small saw mill.

Natural Resources Conservation Service will publish details from the new farm bill that should include EQIP programs for habitat and water quality.

KWOF approved sponsorship contributions for 2020:

Aldo Leopold Foundation: $500

University of Kentucky Woodland Owners Short Course: $1000

University of Kentucky Forestry Leadership Program Scholarship: $400

Kentucky Agricultural Council: $200