Kentucky Division of Forestry
Landowners Honored as Outstanding Forest Stewards

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 21, 2010  
Contact Information:  Lynn True
Information Officer
Kentucky Division of Forestry
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lynn True
502-564-4496

Landowners Honored as Outstanding Forest Stewards
Lawrence, Warren and Whitley County Landowners Win Awards

      FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 21, 2010) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) annually 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 were nominated by natural resource professionals from the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources or the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and were recognized at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts. 

      Larry and Richard Workman of Lawrence County were selected as the first place recipients for the 2009 Outstanding Forest Steward.  The Workmans own 252 acres and have practiced forest management on their property since 1988.  In 1994, they were certified as Kentucky Forest Stewards after signing up for KDF’s Forest Stewardship program, which provides free technical advice to landowners with more than 10 acres of woodlands.   Over the years, the Workmans have implemented numerous forest management practices including: 
• planting more than1,600 trees to improve wildlife habitat;
• harvesting over 48,000 board feet of timber;
• monitoring forests for insect infestation in an Eastern hemlock stand;
• removing damaged trees from a Southern Pine Beetle outbreak;
• completing 20 acres of commercial thinning to promote tree growth;
• completing 10 acres of edge feathering providing beneficial wildlife habitat;
• establishing more than six miles of forest trails for fire breaks and education opportunities;
• converting five acres of fescue to warm-season native grasses;
• completing a detailed forest inventory;
• hosting farm field days and educating the public about forest sustainability; and
• participating in the new carbon credit program administered by Mountain Association for Community Economic Development.

      KDF also recognized Tom and Tim Mracek and Robert Lee Lynch as Outstanding Forest Steward state finalists.  The Mraceks own and manage 92 acres of land in Warren County.  They have practiced forest stewardship on their property since 1989.  The Mraceks’ accomplishments include planting Scotch pine and various species of oak, conducting timber stand improvement, fencing off waterways from livestock, protecting wildlife corridors, creating wildlife food plots, improving wildlife habitat and eradicating non-native, invasive tree-of-Heaven. 
     Lynch owns and manages a 252-acre farm in Whitley County and has conducted forest stewardship activities since 1994. He has received several other recognitions for his accomplishments including the 2002 Tom Wallace Farm Forestry Award presented by the Louisville Courier-Journal, the 2002 NRCS Conservation Farmer Award, the 2005 NRCS Environmental Award and the NRCS Master Conservationist Award in 2006.  He has harvested over 20,000 board feet of timber, planted nearly 10 acres of trees through the Conservation Reserve Program and conducted 20 acres of timber stand improvement on his land.  
      Landowners like the Workmans, the Mraceks and Lynch, who work with KDF to implement forest management practices, are critical to sustaining our forest resources.  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 website at www.forestry.ky.gov

###