sustainable forestry tools for landowners
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The Kentucky Forest Landowner's Handbook – This publication is designed to help property-owners better understand their forest and develop a management plan suited to their specific interests, goals and financial requirements (available on CD Rom or downloadable PDF files).
Sample Timber Contract – A timber sale contract protects both seller and buyer from legal problems arising from the harvest and sale of standing timber. Each contract is different, resulting from careful planning, management and marketing. Use this contract as a guide only.
Glossary of Forestry Terms (40 Kb pdf) – Understand common language used by forestry professionals.
Reading Your Land (161 Kb pdf) – Create an inventory of past land uses and disturbances to serve as a baseline for forest management activities.
Prioritizing Your Objectives (110 Kb pdf) – Think through and rate your current needs and long term desires on your forest lands.
Family Resource Inventory (125 Kb pdf) – Chart your family’s resources to create sound, viable goals for your forest lands.
links of interest – especially for landowners
Kentucky Woodland Owner's Association – KWOA is a non-profit membership organization controlled exclusively by independent Kentucky woodland owners. It is open to anyone interested in improving privately owned Kentucky forest land.
Kentucky Division of Forestry (DOF) – “Our mission is to protect and enhance the forest resources of the Commonwealth through a public informed of the environmental and economic importance of these resources.”
Forest Stewardship Program at DOF – Get technical planning assistance to help you reach your forest land use goals.
Cost-Share Assistance at DOF – See the list of agencies offering cost share in Kentucky and learn about these programs.
Order tree seedlings from the DOF (pdf) – form requires acrobat reader.
National Timber Tax Website – Answer specific questions regarding the tax treatment of timber related activities.
Kentucky Master Logger Program Website – Find a Master Logger and view the bad actor list.
The Kentucky Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters of America – Learn about consulting foresters or click here to find a consulting forester in your county.
Kentucky Cooperative Extension – Click a county to find your local extension office.
Kentucky Division of Conservation – Find information on our division's programs as well as links to other soil, water, and resource conservation activities
The Kentucky Division of Water Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Control Program – Learn how to control NPS pollution.
Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission – Citizen advisory board working to strengthen the public role in solving environmental problems in our communities and the state.
Kentucky Legislature Home Page – Get contact information for your public officials, view their official photos, take a virtual tour of the state capital and much more!
Species Information from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife – find out what creatures live in your backyard and learn all about them with this easy tool.
USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station - Kentucky – View research relevant to Kentucky’s forests.