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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

Support the Rural Forests Market Act

This information recently came to KWOA from American Forest Foundation(AFF); we thought you would want to know and may want to contact your senator:

The Rural Forests Markets Act (RFMA), S. 4451, enables family forest owners, like yourself, to participate in carbon markets by allowing the USDA to provide loan or bond guarantees, stimulating private capital, and reducing management costs for you and your community. This bill will bring new capital and forestry jobs to rural communities, while helping you and your neighbors conserve your forests and protect the climate.

Urge your senators to support the RFMA with this pre-written message. (click the link for an easy to send email). If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the importance of this bill, feel free to contact Mackenzie Scurka / the AFF Policy Team at <>

Note: There is some more information on carbon sequestration on the KWOA website here. There are links in the article to more research including “Forest Service debuts state-by-state statistics on carbon.”


The Rural Forests Markets Act (RFMA), S. 4451, enables family forest owners, like yourself, to participate in carbon markets by allowing the USDA to provide loan or bond guarantees, stimulating private capital, and reducing management costs for you and your community. This bill will bring new capital and forestry jobs to rural communities, while helping you and your neighbors conserve your forests and protect the climate.
Urge your senators to support the RFMA with this pre-written message.




New USDA Survey to Measure Areas for Improvement

WASHINGTON, August 7, 2020 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners. The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA).

A selection of 28,000 producers will receive the survey over the next few weeks, but all farmers are encouraged to take the survey at

“We want to hear from our customers so we can learn what we’re doing right and where we’re missing the mark,” Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said. “Good data is critical to good decision-making. The more responses we receive, the better we can understand what we need to do to improve our services to America’s farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners.”

This survey is part of the President’s Management Agenda. It requires High Impact Service Provider agencies across the federal government, including FSA and NRCS, to conduct annual surveys to measure and respond to areas needing improvement.

“We recognize producers and our staff may be experiencing a lot of change in how they interact with USDA,” Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce said. “This is a good time to check in with our customers.”

“We will use this input to help improve the delivery of our conservation programs as our sister agencies will do for their programs.” Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Matthew Lohr said.

“We’re about our customers,” Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre said. “RMA works to provide producers with crop insurance policies that meet their needs and we need to know where we can improve.”

The survey consists of 20 questions and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Responses are confidential, and individual responses will be aggregated. The survey will be open for at least six weeks and will be closed once USDA receives a 30% response rate.

Learn more and take the survey at

New Division of Forestry Director

Brandon Howard has been appointed Director of Forestry upon the retirement of James Wright. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry and has spent the last 16 years of his career with the division in the areas of fire suppression and environmental control and will be instrumental in assuring a seamless transition.

 Rebecca W. Goodman, Secretary, Energy and Environment Cabinet

NRCS Investing up to $360 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation

NRCS will award up to $360 million through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program to partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability.

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program is a partner-driven approach to conservation that funds solutions to natural resource challenges on agricultural land. By leveraging collective resources and collaborating on common goals, RCPP demonstrates the power of public-private partnerships in delivering results for agriculture and conservation.

Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 4, 2020.

For more information go to:

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

Appropriations Recommendations for FY 2021 USDA Forest Service Programs

The USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry (S&PF) programs leverage state and privateinvestments to protect the majority—nearly 500 million acres—of non-federal forestland in the United States. The nation’s 59 state and territorial foresters provide a cost-effective, boots-on-the-ground network to deliver these programs.

Click below to view the appropriation recommendations:


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