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kentucky forest landowner’s handbook


MACED is pleased to announce the availability of the recently updated Kentucky Forest Landowner’s Handbook. Please contact forestry@maced.org or call 859-986-2373 to request your copy. You can also access the original handbook through the website or by downloading the pdf versions below.


Click here to visit the Kentucky Forest Landowner's Website.

The Kentucky Forest Landowner's Handbook website is designed to help property-owners better understand their forest and develop a management plan suited to their specific interests, goals and financial requirements. It is suitable for all private forest landowners, whether interested in harvesting wood products, earning income from non-timber forest products (such as herbs and mushrooms), managing for wildlife, recreation or tourism opportunities, or all of the above. This handbook aims to help all private forest landowners make smart decisions about their resources.


To download a chapter, simply click on the title of the section you want. To view these files you will need a copy of the free Acrobat Reader. If you do not already have Acrobat Reader, you can download it by clicking on the image below.



Entire Handbook — ( 7.9 Mb)

Section 1 - Front Cover — ( 276 Kb)

Section 2 - Introduction — ( 1.8 Mb)

Section 3 - What's Your Land Worth To You — ( 1.1 Mb)

Section 4 - Managing Your Forest Investment (Part I) — ( 1.2 Mb)

Section 5 - Managing Your Forest Investment (Part II) — ( 663 Kb)

Section 6 - Case Studies and Other Considerations — ( 764 Kb)

Section 7 - PreHarvest Planning (Part I) — ( 484 Kb)

Section 8 - PreHarvest Planning (Part II) — ( 566 Kb)

Section 9 - Harvest and PostHarvest Planning — ( 374 Kb)

Section 10 - Glossary, Contacts, References and Sample Harvest Contract — ( 585 Kb)

Section 11 - Back Cover — ( 343 Kb)


The Kentucky Forest Landowner’s Handbook (when available) and website is offered at no charge to Kentucky landowners courtesy of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development with partial funding through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under §319(h) of the Clean Water Act.