College of Agriculture

Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Department of Forestry

Kentucky Division of Forestry

From the Editors of Kentucky Woodlands Magazine

This issue of the Magazine has a wider than usual range of topics. They were selected to give you an insight into emerging issues impacting forestry and woodland owners in the Commonwealth. Learn about GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) which have turned into a worldwide agricultural controversy. The newly established Forest Health Research and Education Center (FHREC) housed at the University of Kentucky has the ability to work on forest genetics including using GMOs. The article by Ellen Crocker, with FHREC, outlines the basics of this technology.


There are an increasing number of federally protected mussels in Kentucky. Dr. Wendell Haag, leading mussel researcher for the US Forest Service introduces you to our threatened and endangered mussels. The implementation of BMPs remains a source of concern for woodland owners. The article on KYs forestry best management practices provides information on how woodland owner’s needs may differ from loggers. We also have our usual departments on champion trees, certification, News to Use and Research in Brief. We hope you enjoy this issue and recognize the upcoming importance of the topics it contains. 

Jeff Stringer,
University of Kentucky
Department of Forestry

Diana Olszowy,
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Promoting stewardship and sustainable management of Kentucky's non-industrial private forests.

On behalf of the University of Kentucky’s Department of Forestry and the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the editors of Kentucky Woodlands Magazine commend you for the effort you put forth to manage our woodlands, and we hope that this magazine will help make your efforts more rewarding.

Jeff Stringer

Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry

Diana Olszowy

Kentucky Division of Forestry

Billy Thomas

Associate Editor
Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry

Renee' Williams
Assistant Editor
Advertising (print version) and Graphic Designer
Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry

Magazine cover photos by Aaron Stringer.