2021 KWOA September Annual Meeting Rescheduled Again!
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Here is a link to a recording of our June 8 zoom meeting with Alex Macintosh of NCX (formerly SilviaTerra) regarding this Data-Driven Forest Carbon Marketplace: https://zoom.us/rec/share/Z3Uojrjtx8K5li0JgCjjzyxeDG6StUWxEGVGGFUzwMiUvtnnNlkbq8Zw0xP-3v1d.A2cSmY_QxcekryVl with Passcode: 8=zu&!5u
This is unlike any carbon credit program we have seen before. Alex will explain how to enroll with no cost to the landowner, and how their one-year contracts do not hinder you from selling or doing the management work your woodlands require. Max Nova, cofounder of SilviaTerra, is a Kentuckina who is knowledgeable about the woodlands in our state,
It’s time to find a new home for those holiday gifts that were never given! Donate that item to the KWOA annual meeting silent auction. Donations can be anything with a monetary value. Event tickets, gift baskets, gift cards, books, artwork and crafts are welcome.
Email a description of your item and a suggested minimum bid to Harry Pelle, board member – firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put Silent Auction in the subject line of your email. Please let Harry know whether you can bring it to the meeting or need it delivered. And thanks!
The KWOA 2021 annual meeting is still scheduled to convene at Lake Cumberland State Park in south central Kentucky September 28-29. If you have not done so, you can make lodging accommodations with the park by calling 270-343-3111.
Programs in planning include a tour of the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, trail construction and maintenance, wilderness safety and survival, edible and medicinal plants, and timber trespass and river basin activities.
Updates and registration information will be posted to the kwoa.net website as available.
KWOA members were introduced to the new HealthyWoods app and more at the 2020 Annual Meeting webinar.
Ellen Crocker, Assistant Professor, Forest Health UK Forestry Extension walked webinar viewers through HealthyWoods, a new mobile app that provides woodland owners with a convenient tool to scout the health of their woods. A collaborative effort between forest specialists from Kentucky and other hardwood-producing states in the Appalachian region, the app makes receiving research-based woodland management information as easy as reaching for the phone.
Users answer a series of questions and can upload pictures from their phones. Questions deal with such things as how the canopy looks, how healthy the trees are, what the understory looks like and whether invasive species are present.
After completing the questions, the user immediately receives a report geared to their management goals, whether that’s timber production, recreation or attracting wildlife. It also provides contact information, if the owner wants to bring in a professional to help guide management. The user can save the report as a PDF that can then be emailed.
Crocker hopes the app will function as a good starting-off point for extension agents and professional foresters who are working with woodland owners. “We hope that this new tool will be a way for landowners to set their woodlands up for success in the long-term.”
HealthyWoods is available for free for iPhone and Android devices.
The virtual meeting attendees were also introduced to Dr. Jacob Muller, new UK Assistant Professor of Hardwood Silviculture and Forest Operations. Muller joined the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in the spring semester 2020. His extension and teaching interests include the development of continuing education programs for woodland owners and natural resource professionals. He is also interested in helping to develop and advance educational tools to better inform landowners of current and future management challenges.
Brandon Howard, the new Kentucky Division of Forestry Director, introduced himself to viewers. He is a 16-year veteran with KDF in the areas of fire suppression and environmental control.