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KWOA Quarterly Meeting Announcement for Cooperators

 

* Information concerning the meeting and invite will follow prior to the meeting date

* To participate – all you have to do is click on the link supplied to you.  If you are unable to use a “computer screen” you may phone. Number(s) will be listed.

As cooperators, KWOA hopes that you will be able to join us for our quarterly meeting. By Zoom.

I would like to have all the cooperators have an opportunity to bring everyone up to date as to the status of your organization and how you are “weathering the storm”. This part of the meeting will take place beginning at 10 am. I do hope that you can keep your presentation brief so that all will have time to participate and that questions can be asked.

Following the segment designed for the cooperators, the board will have their regular board meeting to carry out KWOA business. You are welcome to stay on line with us, but as we have done at the regular meetings, you are excused to “drop off” line.

KWOA does hope that you, or a representative, will be able to participate in the cooperators segment of the KWOA August 13 (Thursday) for the 10 am Eastern portion of the meeting. Please let me know if we can expect you or a representative of your organization. We are going to reverse the ALPHA LIST this time.

USDA Natural Resource Conservation Services

US Department of the Interior, Surface Mines

University of Kentucky, Extension Water Quality Specialist

University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Kentucky Tree Farm

Kentucky Forest Industries Association

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Kentucky Division of Water

Kentucky Division of Forestry

Kentucky Division of Conservation

Kentucky Conservation Committee

Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development

Kentucky Association of Consulting Foresters

Kentucky Agriculture Council

American Chestnut Association

Aldo Leopold Foundation

 

If you have any questions please contact me:

Doug McLaren, President of KWOA

dmclaren@uky.edu

859.881.8583

NRCS Local Work Group Meetings

Local Work Group (LWG) meetings will be occurring across the state, from now until the end of July. These meetings will be held on the NRCS work unit basis.

Local Work Group meetings will consist of farmers, landowners, conservation partners, and other members of the community who has an interest in and have knowledge of the natural resource needs for the area. The discussion and recommendations from the participants in the meeting will assist NRCS with program direction of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and resource concerns for other USDA programs for Fiscal Year 2021 and beyond.

Please use this link for LWG information.

Conservation Planning Meetings Map.

Sonya Keith, Assistant State Conservationist – Partnership Coordinator

Email: sonya.keith@usda.gov

NRCS Requesting Input

To USDA State Technical Committee and Other Interested Persons:

 

The new federal fiscal year starts in four months!!  As you might imagine, Kentucky NRCS staff is already making plans for FY 2021 program updates and changes.  With COVID-19 limiting our ability to meet together, it is our hope that you will consider this method of interacting as a continuation of our usual collaboration on NRCS programs and priorities.  We welcome and value your input on any or all of the following:

 

  • Practices:  Are there practices or activities beneficial to Kentucky farmers that aren’t currently offered under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)?
  • Payments:  Have you heard any comments regarding practice payment rates received by program participants that are too low or too high? Are there practices for which we should offer an increased payment rate in order to address certain priority resource concerns?
  • Priorities: In addition to locally-led-identified focused conservation projects and Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects, we have national and state EQIP priorities where applications compete against like-applications (and sometimes in certain geographical areas.)  The FY 2020 list is shown below (not in any particular order). Are there specific priorities or resource concerns/focuses that we are not addressing/focusing on or any you wish we wouldn’t consider a priority?
    • High Tunnel Systems
    • Organic (Certified and Transitioning)
    • Manure Management
    • Irrigation Water Management
    • Conservation Activity Plans (plans written by certified technical service providers (TSPs))
    • Historically Underserved (a separate category each for beginning farmers, limited resource producers and socially disadvantaged producers)
    • Southeast Kentucky Early Successional Habitat Initiative
    • Wildlife
    • Woodland
    • Pastureland
    • Cropland
  • NWQI & MRBI:  In FY 2021, selected watersheds will undergo a planning and assessment year for FY 2022 financial assistance under the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) and Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI).  Your input regarding watershed selection was solicited for this via email on May 7, 2020.   Responses were requested by May 22, however if you would still like to provide input, please send that to Tim Hafner at tim.hafner@usda.gov.
  • NRCS Source Water Protection Priority Areas:  We have been given the opportunity to refine the NRCS SWPPAs which were identified with your input last year (map is attached for your information.)  For FY 2020, EQIP applicants in these areas received extra ranking points.  There is also an opportunity to provide a higher payment rate for certain practices that address water quality/quantity in these areas.  Are there other areas that should be considered for NRCS SWPPAs?  Should any of the existing ones be enlarged or removed? Are there practices that should be given consideration for a higher payment rate?

 

In addition to your input on the above issues, we would like your feedback on a few specific items that we are considering for FY 2021 or 2022:

  • Through EQIP, we plan to offer a roofed animal feeding facility in FY 2021.  Our intent is to address the surface and subsurface water quality concerns that can arise from feeding livestock over winter.  This would require a comprehensive nutrient management plan prior to approval.  The facility would consist of several practices including waste storage facility, heavy use area, roofs and covers, roof runoff, and other related components.   While we currently offer these individual practices, we haven’t provided EQIP financial assistance for covered feeding areas in the past and are asking for your feedback on this.
  • Although we have identified irrigation water management (IWM) as a state priority for the last several years, we have not had many applications in this fund account.  EQIP requires that land offered for irrigation practices must have been irrigated at least 2 out of the last 5 years to quality for irrigation-related conservation practices and activities, and those practices/activities must improve water conservation/result in water savings.  We would like your input on what is needed regarding IWM in Kentucky.
  • We would like to build our staff capacity for natural stream design in FY 2021 and potentially offer technical and financial assistance to producers in FY 2022 and would welcome your input on this topic.  The purpose would be to address eroding streambanks and unstable stream reaches.  Natural Stream Design utilizes strategic rock placement, biologic material and other techniques while limiting the use of rip rap or gabion type structures.

 

While this is a rather long list of items for which we’re asking your input, we value and consider carefully your input for our program delivery.  Unless otherwise noted above, please send your input and feedback for any of the topics for which you have an interest to deena.wheby@usda.gov by June 30, 2020.

Deena Wheby |  Assistant State Conservationist for Programs |  771 Corporate Drive, Suite 300, Lexington KY 40503 | Phone:  859.224.7403  deena.wheby@usda.gov  FAX: 855.768.4249

Chestnut Chat Series

The American Chestnut continues its Chestnut Chat series with the second event at 11:30AM on Friday, April 24. The topic for this week’s chat is National Volunteer Week and Earth Day: TACF Volunteers Share Their Stories. You’ll hear personal stories from several volunteers throughout TACF’s four regions, the work they do, and how they got involved.

Participants can join one of two ways:

Computer (via Zoom Webinar)
The meeting will open 15 minutes prior to start time to allow an audio and video test. You will be prompted to enter an email address once you click on this link. (Entering an email is a formality of Zoom Webinar and will not be used for solicitation. If you do not want to provide your email, you can choose to use a fake one.)

Phone
+1 646 876 9923. When prompted, enter this webinar ID#: 914 7362 4019.

Each Chat will be recorded and available on the ACF website.

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.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will re-open under limited circumstances on July 1. COVID-19 guidelines require the park to limit registered guests to fifty. If you have not registered for the KWOA/F Annual Meeting that was rescheduled for September 22-23, you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Make your lodging reservation directly with the park by calling 270-343-3111. The room rate is $72.95 plus tax. Be sure you tell them you are with KWOA to get the conference room rate. The park is waiving the resort fee that is normally applied to lodging.

The meeting is on-track and the guests and speakers have agreed to participate in the September event.

Register for the annual meeting here https://kwoa.net/annual-meeting/

Meeting updates will be posted to the website and provided by email in your KWOA Wood Post.

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.

Donate an item for the annual meeting silent auction

It’s time to find a new home for those holiday gifts that were never given! Donate that item to the KWOA annual meeting silent auction. Donations can be anything with a monetary value. Event tickets, gift baskets, gift cards, books, artwork and crafts are welcome.

Email a description of  your item and a suggested minimum bid to Harry Pelle, board member – hpelle@windstream.net. Please put Silent Auction in the subject line of your email. Please let Harry know whether you can bring it to the meeting or need it delivered. And thanks!

2020 KWOA annual meeting RESCHEDULED to September 22-23

Due to concerns about the unpredictable spread of COVID-19, KWOA leadership has decided to postpone its Annual Meeting that was scheduled to convene March 24-25 at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. At this time, the meeting is re-set for September 22-23.

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 Info@kwoa.net. 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.

If you made a reservation at Lake Cumberland State Park  for March 24-25 YOU have to call and cancel your registration before March 20, 2020. BUT,  we hope that you will simply change your reservation to the new dates. The park will honor all the prices that were set for the spring meeting, not only for the rooms but for the meeting accommodations/fees.

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.

KWOA continues its focus on American Tree Farm System themes at its 2020 annual meeting.

After studying the importance of the contribution of proper forest management to clean water at the 2019 meeting, KWOA will address woodland recreation interests September 22-23 that include sporting clays, trail construction and maintenance, wilderness safety and survival, and edible and medicinal plants.

Registration and lodging information is at https://kwoa.net/annual-meeting. See you there!

 

Tentative 2020 KWOA Annual Meeting Agenda

Woodland Recreation

(All times are Central Daylight Time)

Monday September 21, 2020

1:00P – 2:30P   Tour of the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

6:00P – 8:00P   Kentucky Master Woodland Stewards Reunion

Tuesday September 22, 2020

8:30A – 9:30A          Registration at the Park

9:30A – 10:00A      Welcome, Comments, Crowd Sourcing

10:00A – 10:15A     Welcome to Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

10:15A – 10:45A     Sporting Clays

10:45A – 11:45A     Trail Construction and Maintenance

11:45A – 1:00P        Lunch (Provided)

1:00P – 2:00P         Wilderness Safety and Survival

2:00P – 3:00P         Edible and Medicinal Plants

3:00P – 4:00P         Healthy Woods

4:00P – 4:15P         Timber Trespass

4:30P – 6:00P         Social Hour and Silent Auction

6:30P – 9:00P         Banquet

6:30 – 7:30         Dinner

7:30 – 8:00          Keynote Address

Hardwood and Silviculture Operations

Jacob Muller

UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

8:00 – 8:45          Presentation of Awards

8:45 – 9:00          Closing Remarks

Wednesday September 23, 2020

7:00A – 9:00A     Breakfast (on your own)

9:00A – 9:10A     Welcome,  Comments

9:10A – 9:30A     What’s happening in your Basin

9:30A – 9:45A     Kentucky Forest Health

9:45A – 11:15A   Cooperators Report

American Chestnut Association

Kentucky Agriculture Council

Kentucky Association of Consulting Foresters

Kentucky Conservation Committee

Kentucky Division of Conservation

Kentucky Division of Forestry

Kentucky Division of Water

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Kentucky Forest Industries Association

Kentucky Tree Farm

UK Department. of Forestry

UK Water Quality Extension

US Department of the Interior

US Department of Agriculture – NRCS

11:15A – 12:00P         KWOA / KWOF Business Meeting

Election of Officers

12:00P                              Meeting Adjourned

Thanks to all those who hosted 2019 Woodland Owner Short Courses

KWOA appreciates the considerable effort provided by three woodland owners who hosted a 2019 Woodland Owner Short Course on their properties:

Henry Duncan welcomes WOSC participants to his farm. Logan County, 7/20/19.

Henry Duncan, July 20 in Logan County

 

 

 

WOSC participants hear from the pros at Henry Duncan’s farm. Logan County, 7/20/19

Danielle and Jason Hagler, August 10 in Washington County

Jimmie Sizemore, August 24 in Clay County

Jimmie Sizemore introduces WOSC participants to the lay of his land. Photo by Billy Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmie Sizemore (fourth from left) talks with WOSC participants, Clay County, 8/24/19. Photo by Billy Thomas

The WOSC is conducted by the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Extension. KWOA is a co-sponsor of these events.

WOSC participants were greeted by a first-of-its-kind KWOA sign at the Sizemore woodland property

Ongoing Work to Protect Bernheim Forest in Bullitt County

From the Kentucky Resources Council August 2019 newsletter

The defense of the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest continues in Bullitt County. KRC’s Environmental and Community Defense team is gearing up its legal defense of Bernheim-owned tracts that are under a double-threat of taking by LG&E and of a future by-pass corridor. It is working alongside additional counsel to protect one of our state’s ecologically diverse  conservation corridors. The proposed pipeline threatens conservation efforts at Bernheim, and is the first known effort of a Kentucky electric utility to interfere with a conservation easement in order to locate an intrastate pipeline, and proposes to run gas service through the easement and across a number of private properties and waterways in order to serve populations other than those across whose property it will impact.

January 2020 Update – KRC continues its representation of the Isaac Bernheim Foundation in opposing the effort of Louisville Gas and Electric Company to condemn an easement across two properties acquired by Bernheim for a conservation corridor.  KRC has filed and briefed a motion to dismiss the condemnation petition for failure to have named and negotiated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which owns an interest in the properties conferring on it the right to allow or refuse to allow such easements.

For more information about how this matter has unfolded…

Bernheim Under Threat Roadshow

Representatives from Bernheim will travel Bullitt County and the surrounding area to provide direct education on their current threat. Bernheim’s road show  and schedule is planned for several months.

Contact the Corps of Engineers and Fish & Wildlife

KRC is working hard to represent Bernheim in this ongoing issue, and your voice can make a difference, too. If you’re interested in getting involved, please consider contacting the Corps of Engineers and the Fish and Wildlife Service using the information below. As LG&E seeks approval for a pipeline corridor that its own consultant recommended avoiding, now is the time to demand that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers consider not merely the water crossings and wetland loss, but also the impacts on terrestrial rare and endangered species and public and private lands, and that the Corps demand an individual 404 permit application and a complete terrestrial and aquatic biological assessment along the chosen route, as well as full consideration of alternatives.

Contact

Louisville District of the Corps of Engineers
Louisville District Regulatory Division Office, South Branch
502-315-6675

Kentucky Field Station of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Office
502-695-0468 | kentuckyes@fws.org