Kentucky Division of Forestry
State Forestry Employees Continue to Assist with Storm Debris

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 06, 2009  
Contact Information:  Lynn Brammer 1-800-866-0555  


Commonwealth of Kentucky
Energy and Environment Cabinet

Steven L. Beshear, Governor                                                      Len Peters, Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           CONTACT: Lynn Brammer                       Diana Olszowy           1-800-866-0555

State Forestry Employees Continue to Assist with Storm Debris
Division helps with tree-clearing in 14 counties across the state

 FRANKFORT, KY – (Feb. 5, 2009) – Since Jan. 30, the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) has sent over 100 employees to assist 14 counties with damage caused by the recent ice storm.  Crews are working under the direction of each county’s Emergency Operation Center and will remain in the counties for up to 14 days or until they are no longer needed.
 The employees are primarily operating as chainsaw and dozer crews clearing tree debris from roadways and right-of-ways.   While cleanup efforts are complete in Carroll, Estill, Hart, Meade and Mercer, crews continue to work in Ballard, Boyd, Boyle, Clark, Garrard, Grayson, Lawrence, LaRue, McLean and Powell counties.

 “We are fortunate to have the resources and dedicated staff to help with this type of emergency situation,” said Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry. 

 The division often assists with emergency situations caused by natural disasters and will continue to provide personnel and equipment as resources are available.