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Bill Would Help Woodland Owners Weather Storm Losses

The Forestry Recovery Act of 2019 (H.R. 144) would help woodland owners recover from natural disasters by increasing the amount of financial relief provided by the casualty loss tax deduction.


The legislation allows forest landowners to take a casualty loss tax deduction of up to fair market value of their timber when it is destroyed by a catastrophic disaster. The tax deduction is especially important because timber growers do not have access to crop insurance and private insurance is often too expensive and provides inconsistent coverage.

HR 1444 currently has 36 sponsors representing both parties and states from Florida to Texas and Maine to Colorado.  The bill has been stalled in Ways and Means Committee since it was introduced last year.

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Due to circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 virus, the Kentucky Division of Forestry does not have the workforce available to honor orders for seedlings received after March 12, 2020.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

2020 KWOA annual meeting RESCHEDULED to September 22-23

In response to the COVID-19 virus, the annual meeting has been rescheduled to September 22-23, 2020.

  • If you have made a reservation at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park for March 24, 25 you need to contact the park and cancel your reservation before March 20, 2020.
  • If you plan to attend the meeting on September 22, 23 you can change the reservation date or make a park lodging reservation at that time. The park has gracefully agreed to honor the room rate that was negotiated for the March meeting.
  • Folks who have registered for the meeting may choose to:
    1. Have us hold the registration fee. If you wish KWOA to hold your registration funds you need to take no further action.
    2. Request a refund. If you are requesting a refund please email Please allow 30 days to receive your refund check. Requests for refunds made later than 30 days prior to September 22 will be charged a 10% handling fee.

Your understanding is appreciated as the association processes the many changes incurred by the meeting postponement. Your health and safety are our primary concerns. Updates regarding the fall meeting date will be posted as they become available. We hope you will adjust your plans accordingly and look forward to seeing you in September.

White Oak Grafting Workshop March 27

The White Oak Tree Improvement Project will be celebrating the initiation of a clone bank for the white oak genetics project by hosting a White Oak Grafting Workshop on March 27 at the University of Kentucky South Farm Greenhouse Complex in Lexington. Thirty-minute grafting lessons will take place every hour starting at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. for groups of 8 to 10. Attendees will be taught how to graft and will have an opportunity to graft a white oak twig from the UK President’s on-campus house. If you are interested in attending this event or similar events please RSVP to Laura DeWald.

EQIP Establishes March 6 as the Next Cut-off Date

The Kentucky Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that the 2020 sign-up cut-off date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) will be March 6, 2020.

Applications received by March 6, 2020 will be evaluated for funding. Applications received after March 6, 2020, will be accepted, but will be held for funding consideration if a second evaluation cycle occurs in 2020. Unfortunately, a second application batching period for general EQIP is unlikely for year 2020 so this may be your only opportunity in 2020 to apply for financial assistance to implement forest conservation practices on your woodland.

Woodland owners interested in implementing forest conservation practices on their woodland should contact their local NRCS office to apply ASAP. If you are a woodland owner in central or northeast Kentucky who has been waiting to obtain a woodland management plan please inform the NRCS office staff that you are interested in participating in the “UK Forestry RCPP” project which is trying to service woodland owners who have been waiting to receive a forest management plan.

How local forestry organizations can address woodlands issues in your community

Is there a forestry issue in your county that needs to be addressed? You don’t have to go it alone. Several state and local agencies can provide professional guidance and education for a group of committed citizens who want to take action regarding a woodlands concern in their community.

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has developed three fact sheets to assist woodland owners in the:


operation and

program planning

for local forestry organizations.

LFOs are independent local organizations comprised of woodland owners, forest industry, local leaders, and anyone else interested in forestry issues. LFOs provide interested individuals an opportunity to increase their knowledge on forest management and respond to local and state forestry issues.

Do you know a high school student interested in forestry?

Tell them about the Kentucky Forest Leadership Program May 31 – June 5, 2020 in Jabez, KY.

Group photo

The Kentucky Forest Leadership Program is designed for high school students completing their sophomore and junior years. This weeklong experience concentrates on forest and natural resources management and related subjects.

Looking for bugs!

The program gives students the chance to learn how to think, not what to think. The program helps them develop life-long learning skills based on observation, action and evaluation. Learn to think creatively, make decisions, and set goals.

Contact Laurie Thomas directly at 859.257.2703, or click here for the Kentucky Forestry Leadership Program website.