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Division of Forestry Update. Larry Arnett, Deputy Commissioner Department for Natural Resources Steve Kull, Assistant Director Division of Forestry Environmental Quality Commission Annual Meeting June 5, 2013. Morgan County Nursery. August 2012. January-March 2013. May 3, 2013.

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Division of Forestry Update

Larry Arnett, Deputy Commissioner

Department for Natural Resources

Steve Kull, Assistant Director

Division of Forestry

Environmental Quality Commission

Annual Meeting

June 5, 2013

May 3 2013
May 3, 2013

May 3, 2013

After a comprehensive review, Governor Steve Beshear has directed the Division of Forestry to rebuild the Morgan County Nursery after its destruction from a tornado in March of last year that also ravaged the town of West Liberty.

“We will rebuild the nursery to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of  the production and processing of the more than 3 million tree seedlings each year. The nursery is an important resource for our forest industry, mine and stream reclamation efforts, and land owners and it impacts the regional economy all around Morgan County.”

Rebuilding a Nursery

February 2014

Forestry in the hole
Forestry in the Hole

  • FY13$1.2 Million

  • FY14$1.3 Million

Department for Natural ResourcesDivision of Forestry - Director’s Office

Assistant Director

Forest Resources Branch

Field Operations Branch

Stewardship& EducationBranch

Administrative ServicesBranch

Northeast District

Fire Management Section

Stewardship Section

Eastern District

Southeast District

Timber Harvest Compliance & FRU Section

Forest Inventory & Analysis Section

Kentucky River District

Bluegrass District

State Forest & Land Acquisition Section

Education Section

Central District

South Central District

John P. Rhody


Morgan County


Green River District

Western District

Department for Natural ResourcesDivision of ForestryDirector’s Office

Administrative ServicesBranch

Fire ManagementBranch

Field Operations Branch


Reforestation and State Forest Branch

State Forest Section

West Region

Forest ResourcesSection

Central Region

Morgan County Nursery

North Central Region

John P. Rhody Nursery

Northeast Region

Southeast Region

Effective 2/16/13

Forestry s impact
Forestry’s Impact

  • The total economic impact of the forestry sector to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2012 was $9.992 billion.

  • Direct revenue including income from the sector resulted in $6.357 billion with an additional $3.635 billion in indirect and induced contributions to Kentucky’s economy.

  • Kentucky’s forest industries directly employed 24,262 and the sector was responsible for a total employment of 51,928 or 2.7 percent of Kentucky’s jobs and $1.25 billion in earned income in 2012.


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Forestry’s Impact


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Forestry’s Impact


Forestry s outlook
Forestry’s Outlook

  • Forest data indicating declines in timber quality combined with stresses on our forest from weather and the continued presence of insect and disease problems indicate the need for improvement in forest management by the private sector.

  • It is critical that Kentucky’s capacity to assist woodland owners and provide for long-term sustainability of forests and timber resources not be diminished. Other federal and state budget cuts also are affecting the capacity of the University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry that provides forestry research, teaching, and extension activities in support of forestry and the wood industry.


Eqc questions
EQC Questions

  • Are communities involved in or impacted by the issue(s)?

  • 473,000 private landowners across the state directly manage 11 million of the state’s 12.4 million acres of forestland.

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EQC Questions

  • What local, state or federal policy or Act is related to this issue(s)?

  • Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 149.010, specifies the Division of Forestry “shall initiate such projects as will promote public appreciation of forest protection and of reforestation; encourage tree planting in general and on the public highways in particular; grow, collect and distribute seedlings;…”

  • KRS 149.015 states, “There shall be established and maintained within the nursery or nurseries of the Energy and Environment Cabinet a section or sections for the propagation of blight- resistant chestnut tree seedlings. Such seedlings shall be distributed to the landowners and citizens of the Commonwealth at a reasonable cost and under and subject to such rules and regulations as may be established by the secretary for energy and environment.”

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EQC Questions

  • What direct role can EQC play in resolution or advancement of this issue(s)?

  • The Commonwealth’s economy can grow along with its forests.