An Introduction to Forests, Carbon Sequestration and Markets
Apr. 21 & 28, Wednesdays 12 PM – 1 P.M. ET
An Introduction to Forests, Carbon Sequestration and Markets is for forest owners and land managers, offering an introduction to how forests store carbon, carbon markets, and opportunities in Pennsylvania via Penn State Extension. Live Online via Zoom. Learn More: https://web.cvent.com/event/ea24c040-ad05-4b83-864b-618238f4f359/summary?locale=en-US&i=3Znlg5F5mESMprnVsxkQOQ
This spring, the University of Louisville is helping overworked teachers, from every subject, bring climate change into the classroom. On April 7th UofL’ s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research is hosting an interactive webinar with three experts on climate solutions and climate justice from state.
Power Dialog: Climate Solutions for Kentucky
Wednesday, April 7th, 2-4pm, online - Register here
200-3:00pm Climate Solutions Webinar
3:00-4:00pm Panel Discussion
James M. Joyce
University of Louisville
The Woman Landowner Symposium is a biannual national level event hosted and organized by Land & Ladies along with the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. This national women landowner's event purpose is to empower women with the confidence to take hold of their landownership as well as creating an atmosphere for women to connect with one another. The 1.5 day event is comprised of natural resource expert general sessions, breakout workshop opportunities and a social reception.
Attend in-person or virtually!
Join us April 5-9, 2021 for the next series of Forest Service SCIENCE x webinars!
Daily webinars presented by Forest Service scientists and experts will showcase research and best practices for post-disturbance restoration across the country.
When: April 5-9, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. Pacific / 12 p.m. Mountain / 1:00 p.m. Central / 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Calendar events for each day are attached. The time should automatically adjust to your time zone when saved, but double-check to confirm.
From acorns to alcohol, learn the role of white oak in the production of fine wines and distilled spirits @ MUExtension's upcoming virtual course White Oak, Whiskey and Wine Webinar starting April 20th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday for 4 weeks. Call 573-458-6252 or register at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/woodland-steward-webinars-white-oak-whiskey-and-wine
The Habitat Management Symposium is a training conference for those performing on-the-ground habitat improvement practices. It's designed for the professional and landowner improving and planning wildlife, forest, stream and pollinator habitat
This symposium will occur in three parts, Tuesdays at 10 am ET/ 9 am CT, on March 16, March 23, and March 30. It is being organized by Woods and Waters Land Trust (Jody Thompson), Kentucky State University Extension (Jonathan Palmer), and University of Kentucky Forestry Extension (Ellen Crocker).
Presentation Descriptions – March 16
• Small Game Habitat Management: A Small Acreage Landowner Example
Cody Rhoden, Small Game Biologist, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
The Bluegrass state needs a facelift! As the weedy and brushy idle areas of the 1970s have fallen in the wake of modern agriculture and the over-use of the bushhog, it is time to look at what we can do on our lands to return idle areas to the plants and animals that desperately need them. Birds, insects, mammals and many other groups of animals are in steep decline in Kentucky because they have nowhere to hide, over-winter, or rest peacefully. At this point in the decline of Kentucky’s wildlife habitat, every bit counts. In this talk, we will discuss practices we can do right now to curb this decline in habitat. More importantly, we can change our neighbors’ mindset from the perception that a clean-looking farm is best and show that more is needed for the plants and bugs that constitute the building blocks for wildlife.
• A Practical Strategy for Managing Oak Forests
Chris Will, President, Central Kentucky Forest Management
Oak forests have long been recognized as valuable ecosystems. They provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife species and the wood produced from these forests are highly desired by wood-using industries. The forest management challenge is how to harvest and utilize mature trees and regenerate new oak forests for future generations to enjoy. The Oak Shelterwood Method has the potential to meet the challenge but requires both education and patience. I will demonstrate techniques for implementing the Oak Shelterwood Method. I will discuss how to establish vigorous oak reproduction and strategies for moving these seedlings from small trees today to large trees in the future forest. The techniques are practical and easy to apply, and funding sources are available to make it affordable. Will include a description for using imazapyr for improved control of competing vegetation.
• Natural Bank Stabilization Techniques
Oakes Routt, Senior Project Engineer, Stantec Consulting Services
This talk provides a foundation of understanding for the science, why it is important, common indicators of instability, and then briefly covers design and construction of some streambank stabilization methods that have been extremely resilient all across the United States.
Presentation Descriptions – March 23
• Nuisance Deer Management
Dr. Matthew Springer, Assistant Extension Professor of Wildlife Management, University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
White-tailed deer are native herbivores within Kentucky, but their population levels can vary drastically across the state and even at small spatial distances. High populations or heavy localized browsing pressure can cause drastic shifts in both the natural regeneration occurring as well as limiting the success of any planting efforts implemented especially when done at smaller acreages. This talk will cover how to determine if deer may cause an issue in your habitat management plans, multiple strategies to help limit or overcome their impacts, and how to monitor for any potential future problems.
• What’s Wrong with My Oak?
Dr. Ellen Crocker, Assistant Professor of Forest Health Extension, University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Oaks are key forest species, important for everything from wildlife to timber. This session will review some common health problems for oak trees in our area – oak decline, galls, cankers, and more. Learn to distinguish things that look bad but are unlikely to really hurt trees from those that can kill healthy trees.
• Scenarios for Efficient Invasive Plant Control
Jody Thompson, Executive Director, Woods & Waters Land Trust
Invasive plant management is implemented daily across a range of situations. Much of this includes landowners and volunteers who are usually non-professionals practicing without the benefit of on-the-job training and who have limited practice. This talk will demonstrate techniques appropriate to several invasive plant scenarios in forested habitat. This will help guide less-experienced practitioners who may otherwise choose less efficient techniques or attempt techniques that are beyond their capabilities.
Presentation Descriptions – March 30
• Private Land Management: Challenges and Perspective of an Active Landowner
Melanie VanHouten, Founding Director, Josephine Sculpture Park
• Old Field and Edge Habitat Management
Jason Nally, Star Hill Farm Manager, Maker’s Mark Distillery
• Management of Woodland Pools for Amphibian Habitat
Dr. Stephen Richter, Director, Division of Natural Areas and Professor of Biology, Eastern Kentucky University
Over 80% of Kentucky’s natural wetlands have been lost, and wetlands constructed to replace them might not support original hydrologic functions or biological communities. Wetlands that dry periodically are most vulnerable to removal and to replacement with permanent wetlands that function differently. However, these temporary wetlands provide critical resources for particular species of amphibians, plants, and other organisms. This presentation will begin by providing an overview of wetland ecosystems, focused primarily on temporary wetlands and their amphibian residents in Kentucky. This will be followed with recommendations for how to properly manage habitat for woodland pools and describe general guidance on establishing and restoring them.
After careful discussions with the state parks, and the state health department, it was determined that the COVID-19 virus is simply too unpredictable to allow a meeting where we can reasonably ensure the safety of our members and each of you. The KWOA board decided to wait a year, so we have rescheduled to September of 2021, with the hope that advances can be made in prevention and treatment.
KWOA apologizes for the inconvenience that all of these changes have caused. We have rescheduled for the 28th & 29th of September 2021. Please look at your calendars and let us know if you will be available on those dates. Also, if you have made reservations for lodging at the park you will want to call and cancel them before September 20, 2020 to avoid being charged for the room. If you are available and will be with us next September you can simply reschedule your accommodations. Please wait until after Monday August 17, to allow the Park to get our arrangements transferred in their system. You can contact Lake Cumberland State Park by calling 270-343-3111.