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.
KFIA 2020 Annual Meeting is RESCHEDULED for August 25-27
The Brown Hotel – Louisville
The theme of the meeting will be Growing Kentucky Forests, Supplying the World.
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 – email@example.com. 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!
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:
- Have us hold the registration fee. If you wish KWOA to hold your registration funds you need to take no further action.
- 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
(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
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
Due to the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) all three universities planning the Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife now have travel restrictions; therefore, this year’s conference is cancelled. Participants will be refunded their registration fees. We are sorry about the inconvenience.
The Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife (ORVWW) Workshop is designed to provide woodland and wildlife property owners with forestry and wildlife related educational opportunities.
The workshop will provide you with forestry and wildlife experts from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio who will address the questions and concerns that you have with the management of your properties.
WHEN: March 28, 2020, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
WHERE: Boone County Enrichment Center
6028 Camp Ernst Road
Burlington, KY 41005-0876
MORE INFO: https://tristatewoods.ca.uky.edu
KWOA appreciates the considerable effort provided by three woodland owners who hosted a 2019 Woodland Owner Short Course on their properties:
Henry Duncan, July 20 in Logan County
Danielle and Jason Hagler, August 10 in Washington County
Jimmie Sizemore, August 24 in Clay County
The WOSC is conducted by the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Extension. KWOA is a co-sponsor of these events.
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.
Bernheim Under Threat Roadshow
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.
Louisville District of the Corps of Engineers
Louisville District Regulatory Division Office, South Branch
Kentucky Field Station of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Office
502-695-0468 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cumberland Falls State Park, October 10-11, 2019
The Upper Cumberland watershed is an exceptionally biodiverse landscape, including a wide range of habitat types. It is home to a large number of federally and state listed threatened and endangered species, and a very large number of other declining species of concern. The region includes major portions of the Daniel Boone National Forest (U.S. Forest Service), the entirety of Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (managed by the National Park Service), and the entirety of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (managed by the National Park Service). There are species occurring nowhere else on Earth, thirty federally protected species, and many other declining species of concern. Freshwater mussels in particular are highly threatened by climate change.
- Highlight challenges for the public relating to climate change on species in and along the Upper Cumberland Watershed (Land and waters along the tributaries of the Rockcastle River, Laurel River, Big South Fork, Lake Cumberland).
- Provide new opportunities to exchange knowledge among a broad base of constituents and stakeholders including the public at large.
- Provide opportunities for public engagement in affected communities and encourage community-based solutions and strengthen relationships among stakeholder groups.
The KWOA/F Board of Directors convened its quarterly meeting on August 8 in Frankfort. Several guest presenters attended the meeting:
Aleta Botts – Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development
Bill McCloskey – Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy
Chris Osborne – Kentucky River Properties, LLC
Perry Thomas, DOW Watershed Management Branch
Aleta Botts, Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD), described the services provided by this 501(c)(3) organization which works closely with GOAP. KCARD provides planning assistance for Kentucky agricultural organizations. Representatives of KWOA will be meeting with them to help clarify and further develop goals and plans.
Bill McCloskey, Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP), explained the role of the Kentucky Agricultural Fund, which at the state level annually distributes about $16 million in tobacco settlement funds. Increasing farm income is the purpose of these investments. Funding requests that require additional development are often referred to KCARD.
Strategic Planning: Jack Stickney reported on the idea of applying for funding through the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund in order to significantly expand the activities of KWOA. This would entail an increase in efforts to encourage woodland ownership, and the hiring of an executive director. After a lot of discussions, the group concluded that KWOA may not be ready to take on this level of additional activity, and as an alternative, might advocate for funding for woodland management activities through organizations with infrastructure already in place. As noted above, the intent is to review these plans in more detail with KCARD.
Chris Osborne, Forester with Kentucky River Properties LLC, said he was speaking on behalf of his employer as well as other large woodland owners in Eastern Kentucky in outlining a need to change timber trespass laws in order to protect the interests of landowners as well as the timber industry. In order to reduce the incidence of unauthorized logging, Chris suggested that the notification requirement to adjoining landowners should become mandatory for all logging operations. Industry groups, including KWOA and KFIA, will be asked to provide representatives to a group that will work toward this change. For a detailed report on the issue…
Woodland Assessment: Jim Corum reported that Jeff Harper, Director, Public Affairs Division, Kentucky Farm Bureau, has said he will meet with the Governor’s Office after the 2019 legislative session to discuss KWOA’s proposed changes in the woodland assessment.
Read the Background on the Corum’s case regarding timber property valuation.
On May 15, 2019 the Kentucky Claims Commission declined the Corum tax appeal.
On-going discussion on fair and equitable assessment and taxation of managed woodlands will utilize a White Paper by Jeffrey Stringer, Professor and Chair, UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Extension.
2020 Annual Meeting: The meeting will be held March 24-25 at Lake Cumberland State Park. Recreation is the theme.
Health Task Force: Joe Ball and Don Girton discussed efforts to obtain woodland owner federal financial relief from the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer disease. Both believe that in light of the $16 billion in federal aid being provided to farmers in connection with tariffs, EAB help in the near future is unlikely. (Bob Bauer, KFIA, noted earlier that red oak markets in Asia are down by half.) Joe Ball noted that the reluctance to fund EAB disaster relief is just one example of the lack of recognition of timber as an agricultural commodity. However, Girton and Ball will continue to work on their report.
Perry Thomas and three associates from the Nonpoint Source & Basin Team Section, Watershed Management Branch, Kentucky Division of Water informed board members about their work and its connection with silviculture and watershed plans. KWOA will be working with this agency in the future on water quality issues related to woodlands management.
Funding requests approved:
Kentucky Conservation Committee – $200
Sand County Foundation (Aldo Leopold Award): $500
UK Forestry Scholarship: $1000
UK Forestry Leadership Program: $400 for scholarships for two students
Future board meetings will be held 11/14/19, 2/13/20, 3/25/20, 5/14/20, 8/13/20 and 11/12/20.
FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE
Contact: Doug McLaren
Kentucky Woodland Owners Gather for Annual Meeting
Kentucky Woodland Owners Association hosted their 25th Annual Meeting at Pennyrile Forest State Park
The Kentucky Woodland Owners Association (KWOA) members, University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources staff and students, industry representatives and other state and local officials gathered for the 2019 KWOA Annual Meeting at Pennyrile Forest State Park on March 26-27.
Clean water and forest management was the theme for this year’s congregation of more than 50 attendees. With a presentation from Jim Bryon, Kentucky Division of Forestry, as well as, hands-on learning with the University of Kentucky Extension Service’s Dr. Amanda Gumbert and Sarah Yount, attendees learned about habitat and riparian issues, streams, and timber harvesting. The conference also heard updates from Dr. Gregory Kuhns, MD about the Water Watch in Kentucky, Rick Caldwell with the American Chestnut Foundation, and Warren Beeler with the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy.
“Members of the KWOA enjoy sharing their passion of their woodlands. Kentucky’s land base is half forested, some of the world’s most valuable hardwoods. Woodland owners have a strong desire to see the land continue in their family as a legacy – where all the generations of family – present and future -benefit from the various values of the resource, water, timber, wildlife, recreation, and so many more. Woodland owners are one of the few communities within natural resources that actually grow a legacy that benefits individuals today as well tomorrow”, said Doug McLaren, president of KWOA.
In addition to educational opportunities, the KWO(F)oundation presented UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources senior, Sarah Hays with their $1000 scholarship at the awards dinner on Tuesday night. This award is given to a UK Forestry and Natural Resource senior annually. The award is granted on the basis of leadership potential, connection with the forest community and insight for the forest profession.
The 2019 Service Forester’s Award was presented to Rick Harrel from the Kentucky Division of Forestry’s Western Region for his dedicated and enthusiastic service to promoting proper forest management to all his woodland land owners. The keynote speaker for the dinner was State Senator Robbie Mills, who addressed the economic opportunity and impact of forested land in Kentucky.
A “nugget” of information that many attendees mentioned at the end of the field day of the water quality and forest management demonstrations was, “…..forest management and water quality are directly related. By following proper management guidelines the water quality downstream is better maintained.”, said Doug McLaren.
For more information on KWOA, please contact Doug McLaren at (859) 881.8583 or email@example.com or visit their webpage at https://kwoa.net