Kentucky Division of Forestry
Outstanding Forest Steward Award Winner Chosen

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 21, 2009  
Contact Information:  Lynn Brammer
800-866-0555
 



Commonwealth of Kentucky
Energy and Environment Cabinet

Steven L. Beshear, Governor                                                     
Len Peters, Secretary

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

Outstanding Forest Steward Award Winner Chosen
Estill, Hart and Logan County Landowners Advocate Forest Management

 
 FRANKFORT, KY (May 21, 2009) – Each year the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) presents the Outstanding Forest Steward Award to a forest landowner for his or her outstanding stewardship accomplishments.  Stewardship involves cooperative planning and management of natural resources in an effort to prevent loss of habitat and promote sustainability.  Recipients of the award are nominated by a natural resource professional from the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources or the Natural Resource Conservation Service and are recognized at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts held in July. 
      Jack Stickney, of Estill County, was chosen among the finalists as this year’s winner.  Stickney owns 133 acres that he has been actively managing since he purchased the property in 1987.  In 1997, he became certified as a forest steward after signing up for KDF’s forest stewardship program which provides free forest management advice to landowners with over 10 acres of woodlands.  Stickney also serves as a member of the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association (KWOA), the Task Force for Conservation Issues, the American Tree Farm System and the local Agricultural Development Board.  
 Over the years, Stickney has implemented numerous forest management practices.  His long list of forest stewardship accomplishments include:
• planting over 800 trees for riparian buffer zones and to improve habitat
• planting native grasses and building nesting boxes
• completing timber stand improvement (TSI) on over 50 acres
• utilizing timber resources on his property to build various structures
• farming log-grown shiitake mushrooms using improvement cuttings
• hosting farm field days and educating the public about sustainability
• enlisting as the first landowner in a new carbon credit program administered by Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED).
       KDF also recognizes John Perry and Henry Duncan as Outstanding Forest Steward state finalists.  Perry owns and manages a 150-acre farm in Hart County.  Perry, a forester and instructor for Berea College, is a member of the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association, the Kentucky American Chestnut Foundation Board, the Kentucky Best Management Practices Board, the Kentucky Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee, the advisory committee to the Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Act.  He founded and served as the first chair for the Kentucky Association of Consulting Foresters.  He has been a certified state forest steward since 1998.
   Henry Duncan owns and manages a 429-acre farm in Logan County.  Duncan is an active member of the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association, the American Tree Farm System, the Kentucky Water Watch program and a board member of the Life Adventure Farm.  Duncan, a strong advocate for educating the public about sustainable forestry and farming, has been a certified forest steward since 2005 and was named the Kentucky Tree Farmer of the Year for 2008.         
 Landowners like Stickney, Perry and Duncan who work closely with KDF to implement forest management practices are critical to the sustainability of our woodlands and their accomplishments are beneficial to us all.  Landowners interested in the forest stewardship program should contact the division at 1-800-866-0555 or visit the division’s Web site at www.forestry.ky.gov

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