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Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season Feb. 15 – April 30

The 2019 Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season is Feb. 15 through April 30. During forest fire hazard season, it is illegal to burn between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland.

Potato Knob Fire sunset

Kentucky’s forest protection laws include penalties for intentionally setting a fire on land owned by another (KRS 149.380).  The penalties for violating KRS 149.380 include a fine of not less than $1,000 or more than $10,000, imprisonment for not more than five years, or both fine and imprisonment.

“Weathering the Storms” KFIA Annual Meeting April 2-4 in Lexington

The Kentucky Forest Industry Association’s 54th Annual Meeting has some excellent speakers lined up to discuss the current issues related to Chinese markets, weather, product demand and exciting news about market developments.

On Wednesday, April 3 the exhibit area will be open all day long for networking. Speakers are also on tap to discuss bourbon demand, the White Oak Initiative and improving management on Kentucky Fish and Wildlife lands.  Following lunch the Communications/SFI committee meeting will have an open discussion on certification issues and funding of current projects by SFI members.

Thursday’s General Session will cover recent issues with hardwood market exports and tariffs and the weather effects on the wood products and forestry community throughout the region.  The final topic will look at recent research and developments related to sawdust utilization that is taking place at the University of Kentucky.

More information, registration and lodging

Kentucky Forest Leadership Program June 2-7, 2019

The Kentucky Forest Leadership Program is a hands-on-learning residential program in the great outdoors designed for high school students completing their sophomore and junior years.

KFLP offers three educational tracks*: Forestry, Entomology and Wildlife that work together throughout the week just as real-life natural resources experts.

The instructors and advisors are trained forestry and natural resource professionals from the University of Kentucky’s Departments of Forestry, Entomology and Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences as well as the Kentucky Division of Forestry, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Division of Conservation.

The 2019 program will be held June 2 – 7 in Jabez, KY

More information and how to apply.

Application deadline is May 3, 2019.

KWOA is a scholarship sponsor for the KFLP.


Board meeting highlights – 2/14/19

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.

2019 logo B&W

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.

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.

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

Learn-and-Burn 2019: Controlled Burning for Wildlife Habitat

The Forest Stewards Guild and Berea College invite you to learn how to restore native habitat and promote wildlife species through the application of controlled fire in your woodland.

Location:  Berea College Forest at Berea KY  9A – 4P ET

Target date:  Saturday, March 16

Backup date:  March 23

(Burning is contingent upon weather.)

Free presentations and tour

For more information and to register go to:

Event flyer to share

2019 Ohio River Valley Woodland & Wildlife Workshop – March 30th


Make plans to attend the Ohio River Valley Woodland & Wildlife Workshop on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

This one-day workshop will be held at Clifty Falls State Park between Louisville and Cincinnati in Madison, Indiana. It is directly across the river from northern Kentucky (Trimble County). Lodging is available at the park.

Forestry and wildlife experts from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio will address the questions and concerns woodland owners have regarding the management of their properties.

Tune in to weekly radio broadcast for woodland owners

From the Woods Kentucky is a weekly radio show broadcast by the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources on WRFL 88.1 FM Lexington. The show airs spring semester 2019 on Mondays from 11 am until noon on 88.1 FM in Lexington.

Recordings of From the Woods Kentucky are archived for listening at your convenience. Prior topics include firewood, woodlands owners, deer, watersheds, citizen science and many more.