Kentucky Division of Forestry
State Forestry Employees Assist with Ice Damage

Press Release Date:  Saturday, January 31, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diana Olszowy or Lynn Brammer - 1-800-866-0555  

FRANKFORT, KY – (Jan. 30. 2009) - The Kentucky Division of Forestry has sent 50  employees to seven counties, Boyle, Carroll, Clark, Estill, Garrard, Hart and Lawrence to assist with debris clearing and removal. The employees are working under the direction of each county’s Emergency Operation Center.

            The employees are primarily operating as chainsaw crews clearing debris from streets and rights-of-way and may assist with debris removal from city and county park areas. The division routinely uses chainsaws to battle wildland fires but often assists with emergency situations such as tornadoes and other natural disasters.

            "We are happy to provide assistance and we saw an opportunity to use our resources to provide help to the residents in these impacted counties", said Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry.

            The crews will remain in the counties for up to 14 days or until they are no longer needed.