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Forests growing on shale bedrock take up more carbon

Forests growing on shale bedrock store 25% more live, above ground carbon and grow faster, taking up about 55% more carbon each year than forests growing on sandstone bedrock.

According to Margot Kaye, associate professor of forest ecology at Pennsylvania State University, shale forests make up a smaller portion of the landscape and should be high-priority candidates for management or conservation.

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The findings of the research are recently published in Forest Ecology and Management (2020).

Forest Inventory and Analysis projects how forests are likely to appear 10 to 50 years from now.

The Forest Inventory and Analysis Program of the U.S. Forest Service reports on the status and trends in forest area and location; in the species, size, and health of trees; in total tree growth, mortality, and removals by harvest; in wood production and utilization rates by various products; and in forest land ownership.

Fact sheets summarizing a state’s essential forest data can be found at

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


Timber Crime Forensics Lab

Oregon State University’s College of Forestry is the new home of a forensics lab that fights timber crime, a $1 billion annual problem for the United States’ forest products industry.

Scientists at the center use a specialized type of mass spectrometry for wood species identification to determine if a truckload of logs, a guitar, a dining room table, or other wood products are what they are purported to be.

“The illegal timber trade is a direct attack on sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems in Oregon and other parts of the country, and also abroad,” said Anthony S. Davis, interim dean of the College of Forestry. “Advancing the capacity for science-based approaches to curtailing such behavior aligns directly with OSU and our college’s mission to promote economic and social progress in an ecologically sound manner, and provides an opportunity for us to partner with interested countries in using novel wood identification technologies.”

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Annual Meeting Registration Updates

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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. Link here.

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 via hard copy PDF or Online at our website at

Meeting updates will be posted to the website ( Please also see updates provided in your Mail Chimp 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.

NRCS is asking for your review and comment

USDA State Technical Committee and Other Interested Persons are asked for review and comment on two specific items.

State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE)

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has the opportunity to review and modify the existing SAFE proposal for Kentucky.  SAFE is a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) initiative that stands for State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement.  Kentucky has had a SAFE agreement in place for a number of years in the western part of the state, targeting bobwhite quail habitat and songbird habitat.  Changes made in the current Farm Bill necessitated modifications to the existing proposal, so FSA, NRCS, and the original stakeholders met informally to review the proposal and draft the required modifications.  We also took the opportunity to make additional changes to improve the agreement and expand the habitat types used to improve conditions for the target species.


Before the proposal can be submitted for approval and use in the state, FSA is requesting the State Technical Committee review the attached as put forth by the project stakeholders.  If anyone has any comments or questions, they may be addressed to by COB, June 15, 2020.


Wetland Restoration Criteria and Guidelines (WRCG)

With the issuance of the revised Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) manual dated February 2020 part 440-528.131 (B.) there is a request that states develop a Wetland Restoration Criteria and Guidelines (WRCG) document. This document outlines the state’s decision making process for ACEP-Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) activities related to eligibility, ranking, selection, restoration, enhancement, and management of wetlands and associated habitats under the ACEP-WRE program to ensure program objectives are met.  When the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) was established and implemented in Kentucky all of these considerations were developed. The WRCG places these decisions in one document.


The State Technical should review and comment by June 12, 2020 for approval. No comment will mean acceptance. Questions or comments please contact Allen Arthur at