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News about Kentucky Woodlands and their owners

Bill Would Help Woodland Owners Weather Storm Losses

The Forestry Recovery Act of 2019 (H.R. 144) would help woodland owners recover from natural disasters by increasing the amount of financial relief provided by the casualty loss tax deduction.

 

The legislation allows forest landowners to take a casualty loss tax deduction of up to fair market value of their timber when it is destroyed by a catastrophic disaster. The tax deduction is especially important because timber growers do not have access to crop insurance and private insurance is often too expensive and provides inconsistent coverage.

HR 1444 currently has 36 sponsors representing both parties and states from Florida to Texas and Maine to Colorado.  The bill has been stalled in Ways and Means Committee since it was introduced last year.

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TREE SEEDLING SALES HALTED

Due to circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 virus, the Kentucky Division of Forestry does not have the workforce available to honor orders for seedlings received after March 12, 2020.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.

  • If you have made a reservation at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park for March 24, 25 you need to contact the park and cancel your reservation before March 20, 2020.
  • If you plan to attend the meeting on September 22, 23 you can change the reservation date or make a park lodging reservation at that time. The park has gracefully agreed to honor the room rate that was negotiated for the March meeting.
  • 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 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.

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.

White Oak Grafting Workshop March 27

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.

EQIP Establishes March 6 as the Next Cut-off Date

The Kentucky Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that the 2020 sign-up cut-off date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) will be March 6, 2020.

Applications received by March 6, 2020 will be evaluated for funding. Applications received after March 6, 2020, will be accepted, but will be held for funding consideration if a second evaluation cycle occurs in 2020. Unfortunately, a second application batching period for general EQIP is unlikely for year 2020 so this may be your only opportunity in 2020 to apply for financial assistance to implement forest conservation practices on your woodland.

Woodland owners interested in implementing forest conservation practices on their woodland should contact their local NRCS office to apply ASAP. If you are a woodland owner in central or northeast Kentucky who has been waiting to obtain a woodland management plan please inform the NRCS office staff that you are interested in participating in the “UK Forestry RCPP” project which is trying to service woodland owners who have been waiting to receive a forest management plan.

Do you know a high school student interested in forestry?

Tell them about the Kentucky Forest Leadership Program May 31 – June 5, 2020 in Jabez, KY.

Group photo

The Kentucky Forest Leadership Program is designed for high school students completing their sophomore and junior years. This weeklong experience concentrates on forest and natural resources management and related subjects.

Looking for bugs!

The program gives students the chance to learn how to think, not what to think. The program helps them develop life-long learning skills based on observation, action and evaluation. Learn to think creatively, make decisions, and set goals.

Contact Laurie Thomas directly at 859.257.2703, Laurie.Thomas@uky.edu or click here for the Kentucky Forestry Leadership Program website.

Former federal strip-mine inspector leads decades-long effort to reforest mines in Eastern Ky

With the help of local volunteers and some bulldozers, Patrick Angel, retired strip-mine inspector and farm owner near London, KY, has spent the past two decades trying to reforest mined areas.

More than 187 million trees have been planted on about 275,000 acres of former mines, Gabriel Popkin reports for The Washington Post Magazine. (Popkin is science writer who was born and raised in Kentucky.) As the Obama administration was ending, it issued regulations “that all but required reforestation for surface-mine reclamation,” Popkin notes. “One of President Trump’s first acts, supposedly to reward the coal miners and industry leaders who supported him, was to kill the new rule.”

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Tax Tips for Forest Landowners – 2019

The Federal income tax laws contain forestry-specific provisions that are important for managing and conserving timber.  Tax Tips for Forest Landowners provides forest owners, foresters, loggers, and timber businesses a guide of the applicable Federal income tax laws, including the latest tax law changes, for filing their 2019 tax returns.

The information is not intended to render legal or accounting advice and is current as of September 30, 2019.

 

Applications are currently being accepted for soil and water quality cost share programs

The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program and the Kentucky Soil Stewardship Program helps landowners address existing soil erosion, water quality and other environmental problems associated with their farming or woodland operation. Funds are administered by local conservation districts and the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission with priority given to animal waste-related problems, agricultural district participants and to producers who have their Agriculture Water Quality plans on file with their local conservation districts.

If a landowner wants to apply for either State Cost Share or EQIP funding, the first step is to make a request to their local Conservation District office.

Practices eligible for cost share are:

agriculture and animal waste control facilities;

streambank stabilization;

animal waste utilization;

vegetative filter strips;

integrated crop management;

pesticide containment;

sinkhole protection;

pasture and hay land forage quality;

heavy use area protection;

rotational grazing system establishment;

water well protection;

forest land and cropland erosion control systems;

closure of agriculture waste impoundment;

on-farm fallen animal composting;

soil health management;

precision nutrient management;

strip intercropping system;

livestock stream crossing; and

riparian area protection.

For more information and applications for these programs…

See the Kentucky Soil & Water Quality State Cost Share Program Manual – pp. 35-41 for Forestland BMP.

Producers can complete their Agriculture Water Quality Plan at the UK College of Agriculture web page below using the “Producer’s Workbook” tab.  This webpage is linked from the Division of Conservation’s AWQA web page.

https://www.uky.edu/bae/awqp