Kentucky Division of Forestry
Public Review Sought For Forestland Assessment

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 15, 2010  
Contact Information:  Stewart West 1-800-866-0555  


Commonwealth of Kentucky
Energy and Environment Cabinet

Steven L. Beshear, Governor                                                     
Len Peters, Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             
CONTACT: Stewart West
1-800-866-0555

Public Review Sought For Forestland Assessment
Division of Forestry encourages public comment on priority areas

 FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 15, 2010) – State and federal resource agencies have worked diligently throughout the past year to compile data and information for a comprehensive report entitled Kentucky’s Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources.   The final assessment report will be published in June 2010; however, a draft of the assessment, including forestlands that have been identified as priority areas, is currently under review by the assessment team led by the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF).  The team is also in the process of drafting strategies to address various forest-related issues that have already been identified through discussions and a public survey.  While the report is being finalized, the public is encouraged to provide comments and suggestions regarding the priority areas identified in the assessment.   
 “As part of the assessment process, we have identified areas in our state where forests and other natural resource issues connect,” said Leah MacSwords, KDF director and state forester.  “We hope our citizens will take the opportunity to view and comment on the proposed priority areas in an effort to help identify where to focus the division’s efforts during current economic challenges.”  
 The finalized report will identify threats to our state’s forests and trees and will serve as a basis for planning and funding future forestry-related projects in rural and urban priority areas.  A current draft of the report can be viewed online at www.forestry.ky.gov and written comments regarding the priority areas will be accepted through March 29, 2010.  For more information about Kentucky’s Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources, please visit KDF’s Web site at www.forestry.ky.gov or call 800-866-0555.