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!
KWOA ANNUAL MEETING | MARCH 25 - 27: This year our theme is forestry, and we will be exploring a host of topics we hope you will find informative and help you as you make or implement your forest management plan.
We have chosen the Forest Outreach Center at Berea College for this year’s meeting. This will, weather permitting, allow us to get into the field to observe practices that will help you form and carry out your forest management plan.
Check out the latest draft of the agenda for the annual meeting. Eric Allness, Kentucky's new State Conservationist will speak at the banquet. Meeting topics include management plans, record keeping, Berea's forest management tools - including fire and unique carbon credit program, owner opportunities for white oak improvement, impacts of and adaptive management for climate change, and more! See the full agenda.
We have a block of rooms at both the Historic Boone Tavern and the Holiday Inn Express. Use promo code: KWOA. Make your room reservations directly with the facility of your choice:
The room rate for both facilities is $119.00 per night plus tax (breakfast is included at Holiday Inn Express). Reservations must be made by February 24 to take advantage of this rate. This year’s meeting has expanded to a 3-day event and includes an extra meal in the registration fee. As with most everything, our cost for putting on the meeting has increased substantially.
We appreciate your continued support and hope you will find this meeting fun and informative.
Register by March 14 to Avoid Late FeesTwo Registration Options:
As KWOA members and partners you were invited to KWOA November 9, 2023, board meeting at the Kentucky State University Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm. We are grateful for the support of KSU in allowing us to use their wonderful facility and providing such a delicious lunch. The morning focused on partner reports. Special guest, Jason Meyer of the White Oak Initiative gave an enlightening presentation on their efforts to build resilience of white oak. A Working Forests Panel led by Dr. Jeffrey Stringer, filled the afternoon with lively discussion. We appreciate all our partners reporting and especially Dr. Stringer and the panelists, Logan Nutt, Bob Bauer, Jon Schultz, and Scott Taylor who took time from their busy schedules to join in this important conversation.
Thanks to Billy Thomas and UK Extension the panel discussion was recorded. We will continue to work with our partners to explore the concepts that came up in the discussion. A few key takeaways for woodland owners are:
It was a terrific day; the themes and ideas generated that day gave us much to digest and act upon in 2024 and beyond. Stay tuned for more in depth take-aways, discussions, and action items.
Resources from the Meeting
KWOA directors attending the signing ceremony for historic agreement include [L to R & front to back]: Gail Lincoln, Rodney Bruce, Jerry Brown, Frank HIcks, Portia Brown, Greg Kuhns, Doug McLaren. Scott Taylor, Mike Smith, Karen Marshall, and Jim Vincent ( with wife Kay). More coverage coming in the Fall KWOA Kentucky Woodlands Newsletter. Previously reported here.
The 2024 annual meeting scheduled for March 25,26 & 27 at the Berea College Forest Outreach Center is shaping up to be what we hope will be a very informative meeting.
We will be making some changes to how we organize the meeting. The meeting will begin at 1:00pm on Monday and end Wednesday at Noon. We will be covering topics such as prescribed burns, the White Oak Initiative, and we’ll look at how a changing climate might impact how we manage our woodlands, just to name a few. Stay tuned for updates!
Take a look at the tentative agenda by clicking the button below!
The KWOA & KWOF Boards meet quarterly (usually the second Thursday of February, May, August, & November plus at the Annual Full Membership Meeting); the meetings are either in person or by zoom. Board meetings are to address business matters and generally include updates from our partners & committee reports. If you are interested in attending please email us at info.kwoa.net prior to the meeting date, so we can send you details on times, location, or zoom connection.
WHO: Open to All Woodland Owners & KWOA Members
WHAT: KWOA First Official Regional Dinner Meeting
WHEN: August 1, 2023: 6:00 – 8:00 PM CST
WHERE: Ohio County Extension Office, 1337 Clay Street, Hartford, KY 42347
Reservations Due By July 25: Free but Reservation Required for meal planning purposes
RSVP to Phone:270-298-7441 or Email: email@example.com
Open to All Woodland Owners
August 1, 2023: 6:00 – 8:00 PM CST
Ohio County Extension Office
1337 Clay Street, Hartford, KY 42347
Free but Reservation Required for meal planning purposes
Reservations Due By July 25
RSVP to Phone:270-298-7441 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the first ever official KWOA Regional Meeting! The concept of KWOA regional meetings (originally put forth by past president, Joe Ball) is to allow woodland owners to come together in focusing on the challenges they face locally. Regional meetings can help connect us with each other and available resources. We hope to attract KWOA members and woodland owners who have not been engaged with KWOA to join KWOA. After this initial meeting KWOA members and guests can continue to meet regionally according to their own schedules and topics of interest. The KWOA Board will work with local groups to connect you with professional resources inn your areas of interest.
KWOA is partnering with the Ohio County Extension Office and UK Forestry and Natural Resources Extension to host this event.
KWOA members and partners enjoyed being together and taking in the great educational programs. The summer issue of our Kentucky Woodlands Newsletter will provide a brief recap of these programs; but, of course, you learn so much more by being there. Planning is already underway for the 2024 KWOA Annual Meeting.
Carbon Credits were addressed with open-ended discussions. The consensus is that it is too early to tell how this will play out. Only one company is active in Kentucky at this time; we expect more programs to be offered this Fall. In the meantime, we continue to gather information. If you have worked with any of the carbon credit programs, we would love to hear about your experience. You can share your reactions, by emailing email@example.com attention to Jack Rentz.
The Board of Directors Slate was approved at the Annual Business meeting, and the directors elected officers for both KWOA and KWOF. See the new board member listing here.
To help us focus on who and where we are, we put a map up at the annual meeting for attendees to put a sticker on the county(s) where they have woodlands. Based on the information we currently have member woodlands are in 64 of the 120 counties: 80,000 acres (125 square miles) reported across the state from Fulton Co far west (70 acres) to Pike Co far east (88 acres). We have owners residing in 10 states.
When a person joins KWOA they are asked to fill in their woodland county(s) and the number of acres. Alas, many members skip over this section. New KWOA initiatives are being discussed to better serve our members and our mission; having a good count of the counties and acreages we serve can help us plan. We encourage you to share this information if you did not previously do so. We'll make sure to keep you posted as the board works on some new ideas for regional outreach.
We are always happy to hear from our members. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org reaches several directors and a board member will get back to you.
The KWOA & KWOF Boards will meet on the dates shown below, either in person or by zoom. If you are interested in attending please email us at info.kwoa.net prior to the meeting date, so we can send you details on times, location, or zoom connection. All board meetings are open to members and partners.
2023: May 11, August 10, November 9