Kentucky Division of Forestry - Archived Headlines

Below you will find a list of press releases that are more than 180 days old.  To view a press release, click on the title.

  • Conservation Reserve Program Assists Landowners - General Sign-up Began Aug. 2, 2010
    Tuesday, August 03, 2010
    USDA's Farm Services Agency (FSA) recently announced a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The program offers landowners the opportunity to use their environmentally-sensitive lands for conservation benefits and receive rental payments and cost share assistance.
  • Help Offered to Restore Damaged Timberlands
    Wednesday, July 21, 2010
    Forest landowners suffered extensive damage from the 2009 ice storm and many are still left wondering what to do to restore damaged forests. In an effort to provide additional assistance to these landowners, the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF)—through a federal grant from the U.S. Forest Service—has partnered with the Kentucky Division of Conservation and local conservation districts.
  • Landowners Honored as Outstanding Forest Stewards
    Wednesday, July 21, 2010
    Landowners Honored as Outstanding Forest Stewards Lawrence, Warren and Whitley County Landowners Win Awards
  • Kentucky Division of Forestry Completes Forest Assessment
    Monday, June 14, 2010
    A comprehensive report entitled Kentucky’s Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Strategy was recently completed by an assessment team led by the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF). The assessment, which can be viewed online at www.forestry.ky.gov, addresses critical issues, priority areas and long-term strategies regarding Kentucky’s forest resources.
  • Division of Forestry Seeks Public Comment
    Monday, May 03, 2010
    A current draft of the Kentucky's Forestland Assessment Strategies can be viewed online at www.forestry.ky.gov and written comments regarding the strategy will be accepted through May 10, 2010. The finalized assessment and strategy will serve as a basis for planning and funding.
  • Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season Ended April 30
    Monday, May 03, 2010
    Forest fires have kept the Kentucky Division of Forestry busy this spring. Although the spring forest fire hazard season officially ended on April 30, the potential for wildfires can occur any time of year. This potential has forestry officials concerned as reduced staff and other cutbacks hinder the ability to suppress wildfires and ensure public safety.
  • Kentucky Firewise Community Grants Now Available
    Tuesday, April 27, 2010
    Kentucky Firewise Community Grants are currently available for fire-prone communities. The Division of Forestry will be accepting Applications through June 15.
  • Grant Funds Available for Volunteer Fire Departments
    Wednesday, April 21, 2010
    The Kentucky Division of Forestry is currently accepting applications for Volunteer Fire Assistance grant funding. Applications must be submitted by June 17, 2010.
  • Red Flag Warning Issued for Extreme Wildfire Conditions
    Tuesday, April 06, 2010
    Red Flag Warning Issued for Extreme Wildfire Conditions as Wildfires Burn Over 8,500 Acres Since Friday.
  • Wildland Fire Academy Contributes to Fallen Firefighters Memerials
    Tuesday, March 30, 2010
    Wildland Fire Academy Contributes to Fallen Firefighters Memorials
  • Public Review Sought For Forestland Assessment
    Monday, March 15, 2010
    Division of Forestry encourages public comment on priority areas identified in the Forestland Assessment report.
  • Urban Forestry Council to Meet
    Monday, March 08, 2010
    The Kentucky Urban Forestry Council will meet at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 8 at the Division of Conservation’s office located in Frankfort. Council members will discuss the progress of the statewide assessment of forest resources, the development of the Kentucky Grove Web site, planning for the Emerald Ash Borer conference, Tree Board Seminar, Tree City USA, Small Business Administration funding for urban tree planting and the Forest Health Monitoring project.
  • Kentucky Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee to Meet
    Monday, March 08, 2010
    The Kentucky Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10 in Frankfort at the Department for Environmental Protection. Committee members will discuss the proposed forest priority areas including Forest Legacy areas as part of the statewide assessment of forest assessment.
  • Wildfire Potential Increases as Season Continues
    Friday, March 05, 2010
    The Kentucky Division of Forestry is preparing for increased fire activity this weekend as temperatures warm. Low humidity, increased fuel loads and low-fuel moisture could cause high to very high fire conditions.
  • Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season Begins - Outdoor Fires Unlawful Before 6 p.m.
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010
    Kentucky law designates Feb. 15 through April 30 as spring forest fire hazard season. During this time, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The law is intended to prevent forest fires by allowing outdoor burning only after 6 p.m. when conditions are less likely to cause a wildfire to spread.
  • Public Review Sought For Forestland Assessment
    Friday, February 12, 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 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, another opportunity for the interested public to provide comments and suggestions is being offered.
  • Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season Ends
    Wednesday, December 16, 2009
    Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season Ends Safety Precautions Still Advised When Burning Debris
  • Agreement Recognizes Importance of Forestry in Agriculture and Provides for Technical Assistance with Soil, Water, and Forest Management Programs
    Wednesday, November 18, 2009
    Agreement Recognizes Importance of Forestry in Agriculture and Provides for Technical Assistance with Soil, Water, and Forest Management Programs
  • Division of Forestry Recovers Wildfire Suppression Costs
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009
    Division of Forestry Recovers Wildfire Suppression Costs and refunds sixty-two Kentucky counties for the purpose of county forest fire protection.
  • Kentucky’s Wildland Fire Prevention and Education Team Receives National Award
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009
    Kentucky’s Wildland Fire Prevention and Education Team Receives National Award
  • State Forester Leah MacSwords Receives 2009 National Association of State Foresters Sustained Excellence Award
    Monday, October 12, 2009
    State Forester Leah MacSwords Receives 2009 National Association of State Foresters Sustained Excellence Award
  • Fall Forest Hazard Season Begins Oct. 1
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009
    Wildfire risks expected to increase for many Kentucky communities during the upcoming forest fire season.
  • Firewise and Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Awarded
    Monday, August 24, 2009
    Firewise and Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Awarded- Funds help communities and local fire departments reduce wildfire risks
  • Kentucky Firefighters to Help with California Wildfires
    Thursday, August 06, 2009
    An interagency crew of Kentucky Firefighters is heading to California to help with wildfires.
  • Smokey Bear Celebrates 65th Birthday
    Thursday, August 06, 2009
    Governor Beshears signs proclamation to recognize Smokey Bear's 65th birthday. Smokey Bear's "birth" was Aug. 9, 1944 and his message, "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires", has been one of the most successful public service adverstisements in history.
  • Outstanding Forest Steward Award Winner Chosen
    Thursday, May 21, 2009
    Estill County landowner honored for Outstanding Forest Steward or the Year.
  • Firewise Grants Available to Kentucky’s Fire-prone Communities
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009
    The Kentucky Division of Forestry is currently accepting grant applications for the 2009 Kentucky Firewise Community cost-share grant program. The program supports communities, counties and organizations in fire-prone areas known as the wildland/urban interface and the funding is to be used for projects that protect people, property and natural resources from the risk of wildfire.
  • Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season Ends - Safety Precautions Still Advised When Burning Outdoors
    Friday, May 08, 2009
    FRANKFORT, KY (May 8, 2009)--The spring forest fire hazard season officially ended on April 30, but officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry continue to urge caution when conducting any kind of outdoor burning. “Although the recent rainfall and the ‘greening up’ of the forests have decreased the number of forest fires in the last week, it only takes a couple of warm, dry days to create conditions favorable for fires,” said Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry. “The hot dry weather during the last week of April increased the acres burned by nearly 14,000 acres,” added MacSwords. Since Jan. 1, 1,000 fires have burned 29,491 acres across the state. While the eastern regions of the state did have a few more fires, the bulk of the increase came from the central and western parts of the state due primarily to increased fuels from the ice storm. Those areas experienced a 500 percent increase in fires caused by citizens burning tree limbs and debris and an 800 percent increase in acres burned (2,239). People underestimate the danger when they set fire to debris piles or fence rows. For more information about fire hazard seasons, outdoor burning laws and safe debris burning practices, contact the Kentucky Division of Forestry at 1-800-866-0555 or visit the division’s Web site at http://www.forestry.ky.gov/. Citizens should also check with the Kentucky Division for Air Quality, the Kentucky Division of Waste Management and local agencies to ensure that you are obeying all outdoor burning laws. ### Editor’s note: You can contact the Division of Waste Management at (502) 564-6716 and the Division for Air Quality at (502) 573-3999 for additional information about disposal alternatives and air pollution regulations.
  • Weekend Wildfires Have Forestry Officials Concerned
    Monday, April 27, 2009
    Weekend wildfires burn over 5,200 acres statewide. Forestry officials caution citizens to avoid outdoor burning and be mindful of outdoor burning regulations.
  • Grant Funds Available for Volunteer Fire Departments
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009
    Kentucky Division of Forestry is currently accepting applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant Program.
  • Tree Seedling Orders Available Through April 24
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009
    Tree Seedling Orders Available Through April 24 State Nurseries to Hold Cooler Sales May 4 - 9 Year-end sales for remaining tree seedlings are scheduled.
  • Kentucky Division of Forestry Assesses Damaged Trees
    Wednesday, April 08, 2009
    Recent ice and wind storms in Kentucky have left landowners with questions about the extent of damage and what to do next. The Kentucky Division of Forestry began an assessment of the damage in the state and has released their initial findings.
  • Governor Proclaims Arbor Day as April 3
    Friday, April 03, 2009
    Governor Proclaims Arbor Day as April 3rd. State ceremony is held at Clear Creek Park in Shelbyville.
  • Saving Native Hemlocks Meeting to be held in Pineville
    Thursday, April 02, 2009
    A meeting to address the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) will be held on April 7 at the Bell-Whitley Community Action Center in Pineville, Kentucky, at 6 p.m. The agenda will include discussions on treatment options for infested trees. Information on how to obtain free chemical for the treatment of HWA infested trees will also be available.
  • Kentucky Best Management Practices Board Meeting Scheduled for March 23
    Friday, March 20, 2009
    The Kentucky Forestry Best Management Practices Board will conduct their quarterly meeting by conference call at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 23.
  • Kentuckians Reminded of Dangers of Wilfire - Recent Fatalites Related to Burning Debris
    Friday, March 20, 2009
    Wildfires occur throughout the year in our state; however, a significant number happen in March and April due to debris burning. Earlier this week, two fatalities resulting from escaped debris fires were reported in western Kentucky, thus reminding us about the dangers of wildfires and the importance of safe burning practices.
  • Urban Forestry Strike Teams to Assess Storm Damaged Trees
    Tuesday, March 17, 2009
    An Urban Forest Strike Team (UFST) will begin work March 18 through March 27 in the communities of Mayfield, Madisonville, Owensboro and Henderson. The strike team, consisting of nine certified arborists from other states and two certified arborists from the Kentucky Division of Forestry, will evaluate publicly-owned trees damaged by the recent ice storm.
  • Firefighter Pleads Guilty to Arson Charge
    Wednesday, March 11, 2009
    Former Forestry employee pleads guilty to arson charges and will serve two-and-a-half years in prison.
  • Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season Begins Feb. 15
    Friday, February 13, 2009
    Kentucky Division of Forestry will begin enforcing forest fire laws during the spring fire hazard season which occurs from Feb. 15 to April 30.
  • State Forestry Employees Assist Emergency Personnel
    Tuesday, February 10, 2009
    Division of Forestry assists forestry personnel with ice damage and completes assignments in 15 counties. As crews return home to prepare to spring forest fire hazard season, the division reminds citizens to be mindful of outdoor burning laws.
  • State Forestry Employees Continue to Assist with Storm Debris
    Friday, February 06, 2009
    Kentucky Division of Forestry helps with tree-clearing in 14 counties across the state.
  • Guidelines Offered for Storm Debris and Tree Damage
    Tuesday, February 03, 2009
    The Kentucky Division of Forestry offers advice and guidelines for Kentuckians who will be faced with cleaning up storm debris and salvaging damaged trees. Information on debris disposal, safe burning practices and outdoor burning laws are provided.
  • State Forestry Employees Assist with Ice Damage
    Sunday, February 01, 2009
    Fifty employees were sent to seven counties, Boyle, Carroll, Clark, Garrard, Estill, Hart and Lawrence to assist with debris clearing and removal.
  • State to Assess Forest Resources - Kentucky Division of Forestry Seeks Input from Public
    Tuesday, January 06, 2009
    An online survey regarding forest resources in Kentucky will be posted on the Kentucky Division of Forestry Web site through March. The survey results will be incorporated in a statewide assessment of forest resources which is currently being developed by the division.
  • Marrowbone State Forest and Wildlife Management Area now open
    Monday, November 24, 2008
    Marrowbone State Forest and Wildlife Management Area located in Metcalfe and Cumberland counties is now open for public use.
  • Wildfires Continue in Southeast Kentucky
    Monday, November 10, 2008
    Conditions for forest fires are likely to peak in the next few weeks. Kentucky Division of Forestry reminds citizens to be cautious and mindful of outdoor burning restrictions and to report suspected forest arson.