Forestry Policies (Kentucky)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Kentucky|
|Name||Forestry Policies (Kentucky)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Environmental Regulations|
|Program Administrator||Kentucky Department of Natural Resources|
|Information Source||Statewide Assessment and Strategy: http://forestry.ky.gov/landownerservices/pages/forestlandassessment.aspx, Woody Biomass Harvesting Guidelines: http://forestry.ky.gov/Documents/Biomass%20Harvsting%20Recommendations%20Oct%202011.pdf|
Kentucky's forests are managed by the State Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. In 2010 the Division completed its Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Strategy:
The document identifies several goals with respect to forest biomass for energy. The document does not directly create legislation in that regard, but does identify financial assistance as the most effective way to promote new markets such as woody biomass and alternative energy markets and aims to work with legislators to develop such incentives. Objective 2.3 of the Forest Management Strategy is to "Promote the economic and environmental sustainability of Kentucky’s forests for meeting renewable energy needs through certification systems, utilization of biomass, and monetizing of ecosystem services." and more specifically, Tactic 2.3.1 reads "Provide technical and financial assistance to private forest landowners who provide sustainable renewable resources for energy production from woody biomass and to the forest products industry. Obtain funding for additional division staff to provide this assistance.", with a target completion date of 2012. And finally, Tactic 1.1.6 calls for additional funding to "Promote Kentucky’s role in renewable energy production from woody biomass to leverage funding opportunities for forest landowners." The document also sets goals of developing educational resources for foresters related to biomass energy, to be completed by 2015.
In 2011, the Division issued its "Recommendations for the Harvesting of Woody Biomass", a summary of criteria for the sustainable production of woody biomass to help the state diversify its energy portfolio:
|Contact Name||Diana Olszowy|
|Department||Kentucky Department of Natural Resources|
|Division||Division of Forestry|