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Upcoming Events of Interest

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

Bernheim Under Threat Roadshows

Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) requested an easement from Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest for the proposed Bullitt County Natural Gas Pipeline. Alternative routes exist that would not destroy conservation lands.

Bernheim Under Threat Roadshows are dedicated to educating residents in nearby communities about the threats Bernheim faces and how the community can take immediate actions to save the forest.

To see the full list Bernheim Under Threat Roadshow, visit Bernheim’s website at https://bernheim.org/events/category/under-threat-roadshow/

Ongoing Work to Protect Bernheim Forest in Bullitt County

From the Kentucky Resources Council August 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.

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

Annual Meeting Update

The 2020 KWOA/F Annual meeting is just a six months away. Time flies so please mark your calendar now for March 23, 24 and 25 of 2020 at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. The meeting is officially the 24th and 25th but because many of you will be coming in on the 23rd we have added an event for that Monday. Also, we will again be hosting the Kentucky Master Woodland Stewards (KMWS) Annual Reunion on the evening of Monday March 23rd. For those KWOA members who are also KMWS you will receive more information about that meeting from Billy Thomas, UK Forestry Extension.

We have reserved a block of rooms and reservations can be made by calling the park at 270-343-3111. The room rate is $72.95 plus tax. Be sure you tell them you are with KWOA to get that room rate.

The annual meeting committee has been working for several months now to put together what we think will be a very informational and enjoyable meeting based on the theme of recreation. You will be getting more details as we get closer to the event. Topics will include:

  • Trail Building and maintenance
  • Woodland safety and survival
  • Edible and Medicinal Plants
  • Setting up and maintaining sporting clay ranges

In addition to those topics we are also pleased to be helping Ellen Crocker (University of Kentucky’s Forest Health Extension) roll out her new “Healthy Woods” App. More information will be available on where to download the app as we get closer to the meeting date.

Check back for updates on the agenda, speakers and other planned activities.

We hope to see you there!

Your Annual Meeting Committee

Upper Cumberland Watershed Climate and Biodiversity Conference

Cumberland Falls State Park, October 10-11, 2019

Free registration

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.


Conference Focus:

  • 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.

Who Should Attend?

  • Frontline community groups and stakeholders who live in the Upper Cumberland region, who want to participate in a discussion on the environmental, cultural and economic future of this region and how to build a more resilient community in an era of climate change.
  • Citizens and leaders who are involved in the economic sustainability of the Upper Cumberland region with an interest in coordination between economic interests and the resiliency of our natural lands.
  • Local entities who work on sustainability, land and water conservation, biology.
  • Community Nonprofits who work on climate, sustainability, and community resilience issues.
  • Citizens who are interested in climate solutions, and are looking for more information on how wildlands and watersheds in the region may play a role.

Conference Schedule:

We will be meeting on October 10-11. Schedule details are still being finalized. See current schedule details, along with lodging suggestions here.

KWOA Board discusses strategic planning, timber theft and river basins as quarterly meeting

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.

 

Mark your calendar for the 2020 KWOA annual meeting

KWOA will continue its four-year series of American Tree Farm System themes with Recreation as the focus of its 2020 annual meeting.

It will also continue its celebration of its 25th year anniversary.

The annual meeting will convene March 24-25, 2020 at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in south central Kentucky.

Programs in planning include trail building, medicinal plants, fishing, hunting and woodland safety and survival.

Updates and registration information will be posted as it becomes available.

Kentucky Woodland Owners Association hosted their 25th Annual Meeting at Pennyrile Forest State Park

 

FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE

Contact: Doug McLaren

dmclaren@uky.edu

(859) 881.8583

 

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 dmclaren@uky.edu or visit their webpage at https://kwoa.net

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 during summer 2019 on Thursdays from 10 – 11A on 88.1 FM in Lexington.

From the Woods Kentucky - Summer 2019

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.

Getting to Know Your Woodlands: A Primer for Beginners Webinar Series Starting February 21, 2019

UK Forestry Extension is partnering with some of our sister Forestry Extension programs in nearby states such as Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to offer a webinar series targeting “beginning woodland owners”; however, there is sure to be something for even the most seasoned woodland owner as well. The series will feature forestry and wildlife experts from around the region. So far, 34 County Extension Offices have signed on to host one or more of the webinars. Click herehttp://forestry.ca.uky.edu/webinars_upcoming > to find the closest hosting counties and make plans to join us for this informative and educational series.

The webinars will run from 7- 9P EST (6P – 8P CST).

Feb. 21 – Getting to Know Your Woodlands
How has past land use shaped our forests? Why are your woodlands important? Learn what you need to know about management plans.

Feb. 28 – Managing Your Woodlands
What should you do with neglected woodlands? Pine and hardwood management

Mar. 7 – Identifying and Managing Woodland Threats
Invasive plants, insects (native and exotic), diseases (native and exotic) and wildfire.

Mar. 14 – Wildlife and Woodlands
Wildlife habitat requirements and enhancing habitat for game and non-game wildlife.

Mar. 21 –  Forestry and Wildlife Assistance in Kentucky
Learn about the forestry and wildlife assistance available in Kentucky to help you care for and get the most from your woodlands.