Kentucky Maple Day
Kentucky Maple Day
Saturday, February 4, 2023
We are excited to announce that 19 farms across Kentucky will be celebrating Kentucky Maple Day on February 4, 2023. These maple producers are in the process of collecting and boiling maple sap so we can all enjoy some pure Kentucky maple syrup and other assorted treats. Gather your friends and family and don’t miss this once a year opportunity to tour as many Kentucky maple syrup farms as possible. To find locations and learn more about their offerings please visit: https://ky-maplesyrup.ca.uky.edu/ky-maple-day.
This fun agritourism event is a great chance to learn how maple syrup is made, tour the countryside, and get your hands on some rare Kentucky maple syrup!
Controlled Burn Workshops
The Kentucky Prescribed Fire Council will be conducting two Controlled Burn Workshops for private landowners, contractors, and volunteer fire departments in February. These workshops will cover the following information: Controlled Burn Terminology, Implementation, Fire Behavior Factors, and Controlled Burn Planning. The first workshop will take place on February 11, 2023 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, local time at the Green County Extension Office. The second workshop (identical to the first) will take place at the Mercer County Extension Office on February 18. There is a $75 registration for each workshop which includes lunch and materials. Some scholarships are available. To register for the February 11 date please contact Cody.Jarrett@usda.gov or 270.283.2826. To register for the February 18 date please contact Kiersten.firstname.lastname@example.org or 502.331.5829.
Kentucky Forest Health Conference
Registration is now open for the 2023 KY Forest Health Conference, Feb 8, 9 am – 4 pm ET: https://forestry.ca.uky.edu/fhc-conference
This year’s conference will be in-person at the Longship Club in Kroger Stadium, Lexington, KY. It will feature a range of talks on current issues, threats on the horizon, and management options including talks on spotted lanternfly, hemlock woolly adelgid biological control, and more. (Detailed schedule coming soon)
Registration is $35 (includes lunch) and spots are limited so reserve yours today. Individuals can register and pay online here but if you are planning to register a group, this can be done over the phone by calling Reneé Williams at 859-257-7597.
CEUs anticipated: SAF, KY Pesticide Applicators, ISA, KY Landscape Architects.
The online version of the Forest Management for the Private Woodland Owner course provides registrants access to eight pre-recorded presentations covering forest biology, ecology and management on private woodlands. After viewing two or three videos, registrants will be invited to live online meetings with the course coordinator, Lenny Farlee, on March 9, March 30 and April 20, 2023, at 6:30 pm to ask questions, seek clarifications and receive updates and additional information on topics covered. All course presentations and supporting materials will be delivered online or as electronic documents.
Because of the popularity of this workshop, credit card payment is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 28th.
Refund and Cancellation Policy: All cancellations are subject to a 12% registration fee + $5 processing fee. NO REFUNDS will be processed after February 8, 2023. If a participant of a virtual event experiences technical difficulties that prevent participation (other than event-wide difficulties), NO REFUNDS will be issued after the link to join that event has been provided.
For virtual events, the link to join will not be provided until payment is received.
Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action university. If you require special accommodations to attend this event or have any questions about this event, please email Lenny Farlee at email@example.com
For registration questions, contact The Education Store.
The White Oak Genetics and Tree Improvement Project (WOGTIP) was developed in part to help state nurseries throughout the eastern US obtain acorns that would consistently produce high-quality, fast-growing seedlings for reforestation. Thanks to woodland owners and other volunteers throughout the eastern US (including in KY), WOGTIP was able to get samples of white oak from Minnesota south to Texas and all states east to the Atlantic Ocean. The acorns were planted at one of the KY Division of Forestry's nurseries and the seedlings from these acorns are now ready to be removed and sent to progeny tests in many different states. The progeny tests will be used to identify which parents produce the best offspring and these parents will be cloned to create grafted seed orchards to produce acorns that will produce genetically diverse, high quality seedlings for landowners. We need volunteers to help remove and sort the seedlings from the nursery beds at the Morgan County Nursery near West Liberty, KY any day(s) M-F, Feb 20-24 and Feb 27-Mar 3, 9 -4 p.m. You don't have to stay the entire day. We also need volunteers to help plant seedlings at the Kentucky progeny test site located at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond on Tuesday, March 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Again, you don't have to stay the entire day, but you must be at the gate at 8:30 a.m. so that we can get you into the Army Base. To learn more or sign up contact Laura.DeWald@uky.edu.
Introduction to Forest Farming
Reminder: Introduction to Forest Farming: Almost Everything you Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
Date: January 26-28, 2023 at Kentucky State University - Frankfort, KY
Presenters: Robin Suggs, Appalachian Sustainable Development, and Andrea Miller, Rural Action
Where: Kentucky State University - Frankfort, KY
Imagine growing a profitable crop underneath a forest canopy! This workshop offers an introductory overview of forest farming in the Appalachian region. Join Andrea and Robin to learn about commonly-produced Appalachian forest botanicals, how to choose and prepare the best site for success, an overview of growing market trends and possibilities for these crops, and a glimpse into the Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub in Duffield, VA. Expect interactive discussion regarding markets, sourcing of planting stock, and cultural requirements. Hands-on demonstration is likely, based on weather; please dress accordingly. The Agroforestry sessions are part of the OAK Conference 2023: Rooted in Resilience: Growing Healthy Soils and Opportunities for Kentucky Organics!
Registration is open, and scholarships are available for the January 27 and 28 registration costs. Please visit the OAK Annual Conference website (https://www.oak-ky.org/annual-conference) for all the details, including the agenda, speakers, and registration information.
KCC Legislative Summit 2023
Reminder: Sunday afternoon (1:00-4:30 ET) on January 22nd either in person or virtual. In-person conference will be held at Kentucky State University, and you can also select attending virtually via zoom. Learn more and register at https://kyconservation.org/legislative-summit-2023
Sessions and Trainings on Environmental Issues before the State General Assembly and discussions focusing on continuing and emerging environmental issues during Kentucky’s 2023 legislative session; as well as resources to be an effective advocate for a wide range of environmental issues impacting Kentucky. KCC will be asking keynote, Morgan McGarvey, U.S. Representative-Elect, how to effectively connect recent federal funding resources toward implementation for critical conservation and environmental needs in Kentucky.