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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 – hpelle@windstream.net. 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!

Forest Carbon: A Natural Solution for Climate Change

As a forest landowner, or as someone who helps to steward forests, you can have a significant impact on climate change through the land-use decisions you make.

Forest Carbon: An Essential Natural Solution for Climate Change

2019 University of Massachusetts Amherst

What role will your forest play? Learn:

  • the difference between carbon storage and sequestration
  • what is a carbon pool
  • the difference between individual tree and forest-wide growth rates
  • how forest succession and development affects carbon storage and sequestration
  • the role of forest products in the carbon story
  • the carbon trade-offs of passive and/or active approaches to forest management
  • carbon-informed forest management

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In addition to keeping forests as forests, landowners’ decisions about the management of their forest and carbon should be made with an understanding of the trade-offs between maximizing carbon sequestration and storage and meeting their other goals (forest resiliency, wildlife, local wood products).

Loggers Seek Parity with Agriculture on Trade, Tariff Policies

The American Loggers Council (ALC) and its member state logging associations delivered letters to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, asking the administration to include unrefined forest products as an agricultural commodity. ALC and its members say aligning timber and agriculture would enable impacted loggers to receive relief as the industry continues to be impacted by retaliatory tariffs.

 

Edge cutting woodlands for wildlife habitat

Creating new forest openings in successive strips can improve their hunting opportunities through a series of manageable projects while also allowing for forest regeneration through natural production of new seedlings. In fact, there are some clear advantages to gradually regenerating your woods in small stages as compared to a single, large cut.

 

Advantages of this technique include:

– Creation of a transitional zone

– Providing cover adjacent to forage

– Flexible scheduling

– Incremental testing

How To Minimize Your Timber Sale Tax Bill

If you received money for the sale of timber, the government expects taxes to be paid on that income. The amount of tax you pay on that income will depend on the nature of the timber sale and how well you follow the rules to minimize the tax liability.

There are three main ways to reduce the tax bill; 1) report income as capital gains, 2) calculate the timber basis and depletion, and 3) keep receipts for all out-of-pocket expenses related to the timber sale.

Read more from the Michigan State University Extension…

When to let a dead tree lie

It’s often argued that logging trees killed by insects or diseases is beneficial for forests—but evidence is mounting that it causes long-term ecological disruption.

The latest findings come from Białowieża Forest, a 550-square-mile woodland that straddles Poland and Belarus. It’s one of the few places in Europe where natural cycles of wind, fire, and disease still shape a forest at landscape scales. However, salvage logging after bark beetle outbreaks has altered the potential for natural generation according to a new study in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.

The forest is set on a new trajectory that inevitably leads to the homogenization of the forest. Several years later, the herb layer in logged sites was dominated by disturbance specialists rarely found within the intact forest. The previous herb layer was largely destroyed by machinery or withered in the suddenly intense sunshine. Their seeds did not sprout. When beetle-killed trees were left alone, though, the original herb layer regrew. Dead trees provided necessary shade; their fallen trunks and branches created pockets of protection from grazing.

What’s the Difference Between Forests, Woods, and Jungles?

According to Merriam-Webster, a forest is “a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract,” while woods are “a dense growth of trees usually greater in extent than a grove and smaller than a forest.” To set it apart from woods, or woodland, a forest usually has to meet certain density qualifications. Unlike forests, jungles don’t have specific scientific classifications, because the word jungle isn’t really used by scientists. According to Sciencing, it’s a colloquial term that usually denotes what scientists refer to as tropical forests.

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