Kentucky Division of Forestry
Kentucky Division of Forestry Completes Forest Assessment

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 14, 2010  
Contact Information:  Stewart West

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Energy and Environment Cabinet

Steven L. Beshear, Governor                               
Len Peters, Secretary

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CONTAct: 1-800-866-0555

Kentucky Division of Forestry Completes Forest Assessment
Comprehensive Report Expected to Shape Future Forests 

     FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 14, 2010) – A comprehensive report entitled Kentucky’s Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Strategy was recently completed by an assessment team led by the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF).  The assessment, which can be viewed online at, addresses critical issues, priority areas and long-term strategies regarding Kentucky’s forest resources.   

      “The Division of Forestry and our partners have worked diligently throughout the past year to compile data and information for this report,” said Leah MacSwords, KDF director and state forester.  “We are excited about the assessment and we will use it to help chart our course to protect, conserve and enhance Kentucky’s forests. Our strategy will help us to address the opportunities for Kentucky’s forests outlined in the assessment.”

      The top five forestry issues identified in the assessment include: forest health; water quality and quantity; forest loss and fragmentation; forest management; and funding.  Other topics addressed in the assessment include public awareness; urban and community forestry; wildland fire; forest economy; mountain top removal; public access; and prescribed fires and corollary issues, such as renewable energy, carbon sequestration and ecosystem services.

      For more information about Kentucky’s Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Strategy, please visit KDF’s website at or call 800-866-0555.