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

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.

Keynote Speaker Jacob Muller will share expertise in woodland management

Jacob Muller joined the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Kentucky in the spring semester 2020. He will serve as the Assistant Extension Professor of Hardwood Silviculture and Forest Operations. His research focuses on long-term forest dynamics and testing the efficacy of classical and novel silvicultural approaches aimed at forest adaptation. His extension and teaching interests include the development of continuing education programs for woodland owners and natural resource professionals. He is also interested in helping to develop and advance educational tools to better inform landowners of current and future management challenges.

Muller received his B.S. in Forest Resource Management and M.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana, and Ph.D. in Natural Resource Science and Management from the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service – Rocky Mountain Research Station as a researcher, and with the Idaho Department of Lands as a forestry technician.  Most recently, he worked as an instructor in the Master of Natural Resource Stewardship Program at Colorado State University where he developed and taught courses in forestry and silviculture.

Donate an item for the annual meeting silent auction

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 – 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!

2020 KWOA annual meeting RESCHEDULED to September 22-23

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:

    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 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 See you there!


Tentative 2020 KWOA Annual Meeting Agenda

Woodland Recreation

(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

Jacob Muller

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

KWOA welcomes Dr. Lanny Copeland and COL (retired) Jimmie Sizemore to 2019 Board of Directors

Dr. Lanny Copeland is a Family Physician who practiced in rural settings in Indiana and Georgia for 20 years. He was instrumental in beginning a family medicine residency program focusing on rural healthcare, especially the underserved area of southwest Georgia. For many years he was recognized as one of the top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the US by Modern Healthcare, ranking #8 on this list in 2012.

Copeland’s humanitarian work has taken him to Yemen, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Haiti, and most recently to Cuba, where the foci has been on medical education and health care delivery.

After retiring from the corporate world, he and his wife Mica actively manage their 280 acres of timberland in Warren County, Kentucky.

COL (retired) Jimmie Sizemore is a very passionate, energetic and busy woodland owner. Recently retired from the United States Army Reserve and the Clay County Board of Education, he and his wife Leslie are enjoying a very active retirement. Their property in Clay County lies on the Sarvis Fork of Buzzard Creek deep in the heart of Eastern Kentucky. Here they  manage an orchard of mainly heirloom apples, keep honey bees, grow sorghum cane, black walnuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts, paw paws and persimmons. They also enjoy tapping maple trees and spending time enjoying the natural wonders of their woodlands.

Board member Jimmie Sizemore with wife Leslie and grandson Asher

COL Sizemore is an active member of many organizations including: the Arbor Day Foundation, American Chestnut Foundation, the American Tree Farm System, Disabled American Veterans, North American Pawpaw Growers Association, the Great Smokey Mountains Association, Kentucky Maple Syrup Association, Kentucky State Bee Keepers Association, Kentucky Queen Bee Breeders Association, the Midwest Apple Improvement Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation. When they aren’t busy working their farm or managing their woodlands they enjoy volunteering at their church or traveling and spending time with their five daughters and grandchildren.

Jimmie and Leslie will be hosting the August 24 Woodland Owners Short Course at their tree farm.

GOAP strives to assist agriculture enterprises in becoming self-sustaining

Warren Beeler, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, informed members that poultry is the number two industry after forestry in Kentucky. Consequently, GOAP is prioritizing loans to farmers ages 19-26 who want to get into the poultry business.

Warren Beeler, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, discusses the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund with meeting participants. Photo by Greg Kuhns

Beeler said he is also looking to invest beyond the traditional crops and utilizes the Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation that supports higher risk loans. Its mission is to strengthen Kentucky agriculture by providing access to low-interest loan programs through joint partnerships with local lending institutions. KAFC assists beginning farmers, farm families, and agribusinesses obtain the necessary capital to establish, maintain or expand their agricultural operation.

As agriculture becomes more technologically sophisticated the program seeks to support investments in equipment such as robotic dairy milkers and computer tags for dairy cows. The programs also supports water quality monitoring on the Ohio, Kentucky and Wabash Rivers for nutrients, a mentoring program for queen beekeepers and sheep and goat operations that could be compatible with woodlands.

Beeler stressed that the GOAP Board is interested in capital projects, not in paying people not to farm. Its assistance is seed money with the expectation that the enterprise will use those funds to become self-maintaining. He mentioned

Beeler queried members for ideas that should be included in the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund that would assist woodlands.

Members were not shy in responding. Suggestions included incubator tree farms (Beeler thought demonstration farms would qualify), easements that would remove development rights to keep properties in woodlands, and cooperation with related agriculture industries. Beeler opined that KWOA needs a state-level executive position.

UK Forestry students share enthusiasm and intentions

For Michael Branscum, the best part about being a forestry student is marking timber and the Fire Cats. For Dan Eaton it is the small class size and the friendships among students and with professors.  Sarah Hays’ experience with a forest inventory in Robinson Forest made a believer out of her that switched from an engineering major to forestry. The three students attended sessions and spoke at the KWOA 2019 annual meeting as part of their education the University of Kentucky’s Forestry Extension.

UK Forestry students Sarah Hays, Michael Branscum and Dan Eaton describe life in the forestry curriculum. Photo by Billy Thomas


All three students have a good idea of what they want to do post-grad. Branscum hopes to work in urban forestry or in timber purchase and sales. Eaton wants to pursue an MBA and then work to increase the economic value of forests and incentives to keep property in forests. Hays is working with the Extension team to develop the newly formed Forest Health Center.

Kentucky Senator Robby Mills connects counties, clean water and forests

“We have to teach the next generation how to work.” Kentucky Senator Robby Mills advised attendees at KWOA’s 2019 annual meeting with the additional comment that government should be about resolving problems and filling gaps.

Senator Mills, who is Vice Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, launched into the meeting’s theme of Clean Water and Forest Management by noting the lack of investment in water and waste water infrastructure. He said Martin County loses 64% of its treated water between the water treatment plant and homes because of leaks.

Mills recognized the role of trees as natural barriers to sediment and water run-off as well as water purifiers. He highlighted the Audubon Wetlands in Henderson County.



It consists of 649 acres that was added to the 724-acre John James Audubon State Park.  Over 400 acres have been reforested there.

State of the Watersheds

Amanda Gumbert, UK Extension, Water Quality, spoke to members about the monitoring system in place for Kentucky’s watersheds.

Amanda Gumbert, UK Extension Water Quality instructor, discusses habitat and riparian issues with participants. Photo by Ward Wilson, Kentucky Water Alliance

Members joined Amanda streamside to observe and draw their concept of a typical riparian habitat.

If it’s on the ground, it’s in our water.

.01% of earth’s water is drinking water.





Kentucky has seven river basins and 90,000 miles of rivers and streams. Gumbert introduced members to the Kentucky Water Health Portal.

Kentucky Water Health Portal

Streams and lakes all have designated uses and are coded in the portal as to which of those uses they support, such as aquatic life, swimming, fishing or drinking.

Gumbert left attendees with three to-do items:

  1. Learn about your watershed/stream.
  2. Develop and implement a Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Plan [hot link]
  3. Enjoy Kentucky’s water resources.
Participants in streamside habitat and riparian issues proudly display their drawing of a typical meandering stream. Photo by Greg Kuhns