NRCS Kentucky just (3/30/23) extended the IRA-EQIP and IRA-CSP sign-up period until April 21, 2023. Although the extended opportunity is open to all applicants, this 21-day extension to accept applications is being offered to ensure under-served communities have been provided the time and information they need in order to participate in this FY 2023 IRA funding opportunity. KWOA is helping get the word out to woodland owners. See November 2022 post on the here for background information. IRA provides additional funds to be administered through existing NRCS programs following the same program policy and rules. The main difference is that the IRA contracts will be limited to include only those practices identified (by NRCS) to provide climate related benefits. Contact your local NRCS office to see if you are eligible and apply for program cost-share; find your local office at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/find-a-service-center
The White Oak Initiative and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently collaborated on a brochure highlighting the funding opportunities and technical assistance available to landowners who are interested in caring for their white oak woods. The message is clear: “Healthy oak forests take time to mature. Start actively managing your woods today.”
Download and share “Caring for Your White Oak Woods.”
On April 6 ARRI- Appalachian Regional Reforestation Program will plant tree seedlings in honor of Cliff Taylor during the volunteer ARRI—Arbor Day planting event. There will be two 6th grade classes from Perry Co & Knott Co, attending this planting event. Learn about ARRI here.
REMINDER April 1st Deadline to Apply for 2023
At the February KWOA & KWOF board meetings, the directors agreed to establish the Pete Kovalic Forest Leadership Program Scholarship (Youth Program) through the Kentucky Woodland Owners Foundation KWOF. Long-time friend and supporter of KWOA, Pete Kovalic, has passed at the age of 93 after living a full and meaningful life. Go to our News Page at https://www.kwoa.net/news/peter-p-kovalic-in-memory to learn more about his life and all the ways he contributed to sustainable forestry, get a link to the full obituary. The family has also generously included KWOA for memorial donations. Memorial donations to KWOA/KWOF will be dedicated to the Pete Kovalic Forest Leadership Program Scholarship (Youth Program)
KCC List of Senate Bills to date can be found here
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KWOA is pleased to report that discussions are progressing with Department of Revenue and the University of Kentucky's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources to work out procedural details . HJR 41 is A JOINT RESOLUTION directing the Department of Revenue and the University of Kentucky's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources to recommend equitable property tax assessment procedures for well-managed forests. KWOA Director, Jim Corum, has taken the initiative to work on this issue for many years and KWOA has been very supportive. You can read the resolution at https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/22rs/hjr41.html.
NRCS State Office personnel changes:
Long time friend and supporter of KWOA, Pete Kovalic, has passed at the age of 93 after living a full and meaningful life. Pete was a veteran of the Korean War, a passionate forester and a man of unwavering patriotism. Anyone who knew him in life could see his deep respect for nature and immeasurable kindness. He dedicated himself to a career in forestry, working for the U.S. Forest Service and later as a consulting forester for more than 60 years. His devotion to trees and nature did not stop there. Pete founded Kovalics’ Christmas Tree Farm has kept it in the family for 34 years.
At Danial Boone National Forest, Pete worked as a silviculturist, specializing in timber sales, black walnut and fine hardwood management, and timber appraisals. Pete was also an instructor in the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky. He taught Harvesting Timber Crops part-time from 1982-1989. After retiring from the U.S. Forest Service, he became a consulting forester and continued timber appraisal and timber sales until the age of 89 throughout the state of Kentucky. Pete was a member of Society of American Foresters, Association of Consulting Foresters, Kentucky Association of Consulting Foresters, Kentucky Forest Industries Association, Walnut Council, Kentucky Woodland Owners Association, Kentucky Christmas Tree Association, Mid America Christmas Tree Association and the National Christmas Tree Association where he shared his knowledge of forestry, teaching courses, presenting, lecturing, and instructing. Here is a link to the full obituary with information on visitation and services:
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 130 Windridge Drive, Winchester, Kentucky 40391 or to the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association KWOA PO Box 1201 Frankfort, KY 40602. You can donate to Kentucky Woodland Owners Association KWOA or Kentucky Woodland Owner Foundation KWOF using the donate tab at the top of the page. Please use the comments section to designate your contribution "In honor of Pete Kovalic."