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KWOA/F 2020 annual business meeting convenes December 9

Due to the cancellation of the KWOA/F annual meeting, its annual business meeting only will be held virtually on December 9 from 7P to 8P EST. Members are encouraged to tune in. Instructions for accessing the virtual meeting via Zoom will be provided at a time closer to the meeting date.


Agenda for December 9 KWOA annual virtual meeting


(Eastern Standard Time)

7:00-7:05 Welcome. (Doug McLaren, KWOA President)

7:05-7:10 Financial Report (Jerry Brown, KWOA Treasurer)

7:10-7:15 Media Update (Portia Brown, KWOA Vice President)

7:15-7:20 Announcement of award recipients

Announcement of Officer & Directors

Announcement of scholarship recipient (Doug)

7:20-7:30 Meet Dr. Muller (Jacob Muller, Assistant Professor of Hardwood Silviculture and Forest Operations, UK Forestry Extension)

7:30-7:50 Healthy Woods (Ellen Crocker, Assistant Professor, Forest Health UK Forestry Extension)

7:50-8:00 Questions & Wrap Up

KWOA Annual Meeting Rescheduled To September 2021

After careful discussions with the state parks, and the state health department, it was determined that the COVID-19 virus is simply too unpredictable to allow a meeting where we can reasonably ensure the safety of our members and each of you. The KWOA  board decided to wait a year, so we have rescheduled to September of 2021, with the hope that advances can be made in prevention and treatment.

KWOA apologizes for the inconvenience that all of these changes have caused. We have rescheduled for the 28th & 29th of September 2021. Please look at your calendars and let us know if you will be available on those dates. Also, if you have made reservations for lodging at the park you will want to call and cancel them before September 20, 2020 to avoid being charged for the room. If you are available and will be with us next September you can simply reschedule your accommodations. Please wait until after Monday August 17, to allow the Park to get our arrangements transferred in their system. You can contact Lake Cumberland State Park by calling 270-343-3111.

2020 Kentucky Woodland Owners Short Course

Kentucky’s woodland owners own their properties for a wide variety of reasons. With proper planning and the right assistance, interests such as timber production, wildlife, and recreational opportunities can complement one another.

Learn how at the 2020 Kentucky Woodland Owners Short Course (WOSC)! . Because of the COVID-19 pandemic we have made some changes to how we conduct the WOSC. The 2020 WOSC consists of evening webinars and virtual tours of woodland management practices at Kentucky’s state forests.


There is no fee to participate in the 2020 WOSC; however, registration is required. Once registered, you will be able to attend any webinar or watch recordings of them and receive instructions for attending the state forest tours.

For more information or to register visit

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


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


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
  • 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 by June 30, 2020.

Deena Wheby |  Assistant State Conservationist for Programs |  771 Corporate Drive, Suite 300, Lexington KY 40503 | Phone:  859.224.7403  FAX: 855.768.4249

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 – 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 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 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