Environmental stresses and demand for products made from white oak are outpacing the ability of white oak to successfully regenerate and grow into large trees. Renewing our forests using tree improvement to produce the best white oak trees for reforestation has great ecological and economic benefits. The first step in tree improvement is finding good trees in the forest to collect acorns from. We need volunteers to find white oak trees that are producing acorns, collect those acorns, and send them to the University of Kentucky. This is an especially challenging task this year since it looks like the production of white oak acorns is pretty low! If you are interested in helping collect acorns please email Laura.DeWald@uky.edu
UK Forestry and Natural Resources Extension has partnered with the Kentucky Forest Industries Association to provide educational offerings at the Kentucky Wood Expo in Lexington, Kentucky on September 20-21, 2019. These educational programs are designed for woodland owners, county extension agents, and anyone else who wants to learn more about forestry in Kentucky.
Small Scale Logging: Cutting and Moving Logs Using ATV’s and Tractors on Saturday 9/2/19 from 10 AM until 12 PM. Learn about general practices and equipment demonstrations to safely and efficiently cut and move logs and firewood. Demonstrations will be hosted by exhibitors and will include the use of ATV mounted skidding plates, log arches, farm tractor log winches, ATV and tractor log loading trailers, chainsaw cutting and portable sawmilling.
Timber Economics program on Friday 9/20/19 from 10 AM until 2 PM. Learn how to find how much timber is worth, how woodlands can be managed for timber production, how to conduct a timber harvest and sale.
Invasive Plant Management on Friday 9/20/19 from 2 PM until 4 PM. Learn which invasive plants you should be on the lookout for, how to manage invasive plants, and more.
You can pre-register for the events by clicking the desired links above or by calling 859.257.7597.
The Kentucky Division of Water’s Community Outreach and Involvement Division administers two programs that especially benefit woodland owners: Basin Coordination and Watershed Watch.
Meet Your Basin Coordinator
DOW now has a full team of Basin Coordinators excited about collaborating with KWOA members to protect and improve woodland waterways. The basin team programs – core monitoring, lakes monitoring, citizen action and youth stream team – connect organizations like KWOA with the data and resources needed to identify and address water quality challenges.
Basin Coordinators also communicate needs on the ground to the DOW, supporting the division in directing resources to where they are most needed. Kentucky is divided into 7 major river basins, each of which is staffed by a Basin Coordinator.
To find the Basin Coordinator responsible for your area, go to the Division of Water’s Basin Team web page.
Watershed Watch is a statewide citizens monitoring effort to improve and protect water quality by raising community awareness, and by supporting implementation of the goals of the Clean Water Act and other water quality initiatives. The program is dedicated to helping you protect Kentucky’s streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands. The program accomplishes its goals through community education, leadership, action and water quality monitoring projects. Basic stream monitoring includes biological and chemical monitoring as well as lake monitoring, video and photographic monitoring.
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Competing plants, deer and insufficient light on the forest floor can interfere with forest regeneration (regrowth) and, in the long run, may threaten forest sustainability.
A Pennsylvania study of randomly selected timber harvest sites found that 47 percent of the harvests were unsustainable.
Human Dimension of Forestry and Natural Resources is a new forestry course in the University of Kentucky curriculum this fall for forestry major seniors.
Billy Thomas, UK Extension instructor for the course, says he and co-instructor Laura Lhotka have changed their approach to the class this fall to provide a service component, expose the students to real world forestry and natural resource issues with strong human elements, and also make them aware of ongoing projects in Kentucky. In addition, they believe the exercise of working with different partners will be extremely beneficial to their future careers and help them develop into more well-rounded professionals.
In preparation students, divided into four separate groups, will conduct preliminary research on their group’s Project Paper to “identify the problem/challenges” faced by an assigned real partner representative for whom that group works. KWOA is one of the organizations participating in a student group project. Students will be tasked with assisting KWOA in promoting sustainable forest management in Kentucky and growing its membership. Doug McLaren, KWOA president, will be the representative working with that group.
Students will use the TELE approach (Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively) Engagement Guide prepared by the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative* that aims to gain and disseminate comprehensive knowledge about family forest owners.
- The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative is a collaboration between the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Center for Nonprofit Strategies.
The precise causes of oak declines are often unknown, but the challenge is clear: to nourish oaks and the nonhumans who rely upon them through an uncertain future. Of the 2300 species found on oak in a recent study in the United Kingdom, some 326 live only on oaks and nearly 1000 use deadwood.
Knowledge of the National Fire Danger Rating System levels can help forest visitors, homeowners and contractors make decisions regarding recreation, debris burning and equipment use activities. fire danger ratings describe conditions that reflect the potential, over a large area, for a fire to ignite, spread and require suppression action. Fuels, weather, topography and risks are used to set the fire danger ratings.
Twelve methods used for controlling stream bank erosion:
1. Stream Bank Stabilization
2. Vegetated Geo-Grid
3. Iowa Vanes
4. Vegetative Riprap
5. Stone Riprap
6. Pilings with Wire or Geotextile Fencings
7. Dormant Post Plantings
8. Coconut Fiber Rolls
9. Branch Packing 10. Live Fascine and a few others.
Is your forested property in a condition that could survive a wildfire? Have you reduced the slash to the point that it’s not a hazard? Could firefighters easily get to a wildfire on your property?
Although Reducing Fire Risk on Your Property is a Pacific Northwest Extension Publication, it provides relevant suggestions for making forested property more fire-resistant and provides references that specifically address the area of defensible space immediately around homes, cabins, or other structures.
Data collected from over 1 million forest plots reveals patterns of where plant roots form symbiotic relationships with fungi and bacteria.
In and around the tangled roots of the forest floor, fungi and bacteria grow with trees, exchanging nutrients for carbon in a vast, global marketplace. A new effort to map the most abundant of these symbiotic relationships – involving more than 1.1 million forest sites and 28,000 tree species – has revealed factors that determine where different types of symbionts will flourish.
The work could help scientists understand how symbiotic partnerships structure the world’s forests and how they could be affected by a warming climate.
Stanford University researchers worked alongside a team of over 200 scientists to generate these maps, published May 15 in Nature.
The group used their map to predict how symbioses might change by 2070 if carbon emissions continue unabated. This scenario resulted in a 10 percent reduction in the biomass of tree species that associate with a type of fungi found primarily in cooler regions.
The data behind this map represents real trees from more than 70 countries and collaboration between hundreds of researchers who speak different languages, study different ecosystems and confront different challenges.
“There are more than 1.1 million forest plots in the dataset and every one of those was measured by a person on the ground. In many cases, as part of these measurements, they essentially gave the tree a hug,” said Brian Steidinger, a Stanford University researcher. “So much effort – hikes, sweat, ticks, long days – is in that map.”