Research Accomplishment Reports 2011

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RREA Program

J.W. Stringer
Department of Forestry

 

Non-Technical Summary

Improving sustainable stewardship and the health of Kentucky s non-industrial private forestlands is paramount to improving the quality of life of Kentucky s 423,000 forest owners and the landscapes surrounding the majority of Kentucky s populace. One-half of Kentucky, 12 million acres, is forested. This resource provides the backdrop for the lives of many Kentuckians. The forest also provides abundant wildlife resources yielding $1.5 billion dollars to the economy and supports a forest industry with annual shipments of $6.4 billion, employing 37,500 Kentuckians in 112 of Kentucky s 120 counties. Threats to forest health and sustainability include the invasion of exotic species, mismanagement or benign neglect of forest resources and wildlife habitat, ineffective use of forest resources, and forest fragmentation and loss of habitats affects our potential to maintain sustainable life styles and a quality of life expected from every Kentuckian. Providing solutions for forest/natural resource problems and forest industries in the state are critical for maintaining strong and sustainable economies, protecting our natural resources, and providing for a sustainable life style for all Kentuckians.

The University of Kentucky s Cooperative Extension forestry program is focused on effectively delivering knowledge, insight, and solutions that address forest and forest-industry-related challenges affecting all Kentuckians.

2011 Project Description

RREA contributed to 235 individual events with 9,882 individuals or businesses participating including family and industry forest owners, professional forestry and natural resource personnel, forest industries and loggers. RREA also contributed to the production of the Kentucky Woodland Magazine for forest owners in Kentucky, development or maintenance of 5 websites including a YouTube channel and yielded 24 extension publications and manuscripts and 1 book. RREA also resulted in a total of 109, 548 indirect contacts that were provided information and assistance on forestry and wildlife issues.

Programming was focused in four subject areas including the enhancement of economic opportunities for non-industrial private forest owners and forest based communities, stewardship of Kentucky's forests, identification and control of invasive exotics, and the enhancement of wildlife resources.

A total of 154 programs with 7,827 attendees were provided to enhance economic opportunities for forest owners and rural communities. This included county forestry programs focusing on timber marketing and the production of non-timber forest products including Shiitake mushrooms and maple syrup production and programming for aligned professionals including loggers through the Kentucky Master Logger Program and Certified Logging Program and education and training of secondary wood industry personnel at the University of Kentucky's Wood Utilization Center, training programs for wood drying through the Ohio Valley Lumber Drying Association, the Railway Tie Association. A total of over 25,178 were made aware of economic opportunities through indirect contact and 5 extension publications produced.

Forest Stewardship was also a primary area of concentration with over 173 programs conducted impacting over 3,362 individuals. A total of 1,490 individual family forest owners directly participated in woodland owner programs such as the Kentucky Woodland Owner Short Course and the Kentucky Fall Webinar Series. Family forest owners also were provided 8 extension publications relating to woodland management. 5,458 individual family forest owners were also directly impacted by programs for forestry and natural resource professionals including the Professional Forestry Workshops and the Kentucky Master Logger Program.

In total 28 programs for wildlife and invasive species management were conducted for forestry and wildlife professionals providing benefit to 1,307 landowners. Five magazine articles provided information on forest health and invasive species and were distributed to over 10,150 individuals.

2011 Impact

RREA programs resulted in a total of 7,827 family forest owners directly obtaining education and information on forest management and stewardship or being impacted directly by RREA sponsored programs instituted for forestry and aligned professionals. Cumulatively this resulted in over 505,880 acres protected or improved. This included 700 owners directly being afforded technical assistance on invasive species management.

Fiscal impacts from RREA supported programming were primarily derived from logger and forest industry training. In this resulted in direct dollars saved or earned in the forestry sector of 126.6 million dollars. In total 269 firms were established, expanded or assisted and 312 jobs were maintained or created due to RREA supported programs. The fiscal impact from logging programs resulted in 101 million dollars in direct stumpage revenue to family forest owners from Kentucky Master Loggers that harvested 196,340 acres and 710 billion board feet of timber in Kentucky and surrounding states. These loggers also implemented best management practices that protected 874 perennial and 2,410 intermittent streams in Kentucky.

Industries benefiting directly from RREA supported training programs at the Wood Utilization Center at the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability accounted for 1,205,665 dollars saved or earned and programs provided to members of the Ohio Valley Lumber Drying Association resulting in 124,700,00 dollars saved or earned. The total contribution of these industries to the economy of Kentucky through the production of finished paper and wood products was approximately 1.32 billion.

2011 Publications

Stringer, J., Reeves, C., and B. Ammerman. 2011. Woodland Certification. Kentucky Woodlands Magazine 5(3):1-8

Kentucky Woodlands Magazine Volume 5 Issue 3 2010

Kentucky Woodlands Magazine Volume 6 Issue 1 2011

Kentucky Woodlands Magazine Volume 6 Issue 2 2011

Barnes, T. G. 2011. Finding and Photographing Kentucky Wildflowers. Acclaim Press, Morley, MO. 256 pp ISBN 978-1-935001-68-3

Barnes, T. 2011. The Impact of Global Climate Change on Terrestrial Systems. KY Woodlands Magazine 6(2): 8 - 11.

Barnes, T. 2011. Tucked Away and Forgotten: Our Native Leather Flowers. KY Gardener 9 (9): 44-45.

Barnes, T. 2011. Hot Plants: Hoary Skullcap. KY Gardener 9 (8): 61.

Barnes, T. 2011. Hot Plants: Native Bush Clematis. KY Gardener 9 (6): 61.

Barnes, T. 2011. Growing Native Fruits in Kentucky. KY Gardener 9 (6): 17-18.

Barnes, T. 2011. Beneficial Relationship: Humans and Plants Have a Relationship Spanning Centuries.KY Humanities Mag. Spring.

Barnes, T. 2011. Woodpecker Damage Control. Fine Gardening Mag. 140:24

Barnes, T. 2011. Hot Plants: Large Yellow ladyslipper. KY Gardener 9 (4): 61

Vincelli, P. Meyer, L. Burris, R. Coolong,T. Bessin, R., Bewley,J. Taraba,J. Barnes, T. McCulley, R. Wagner, G. 2011. The Scientific Consensus on Global Warming: A Brief Summary for Kentucky Extension Agents. Agric. Exten. Serv. Publ. ID-191, 4pp.

Conners, T.E. 2011. Wood Identification. Kentucky Woodlands Magazine 6(1):5 and 6.

Conners, T.E. and D. McLaren. 2011. Forestry and Youth Development Programs at the University of Kentuckys Department of Forestry. 9 pages.

Conners, T.E. 2011. Wood Identification: A Primer for Everyone (Version created especially for program sponsored by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works).154 pages

Fackler, Carroll; Ohio Valley Lumber Drying Association Membership Directory 2011, FORFS 11-01

Stringer, J. 2009. Invasive Plant Hit List: Chinese Silver Grass. Kentucky Woodlands Magazine 4(2): 10-11.

Clatterbuck, W.K., Stringer, J.W., and Tankersley, L. 2011. Uneven-age Management in Mixed Species, Southern Hardwoods: Is it Feasible and Sustainable Professional Hardwood Notes, Southern Regional Extension Forestry SREF-FM-016 and University of Kentucky, Cooperative Extension Service, FOR-119: 15pp.

Stringer, J., Stainback, G., and B. Ammerman. 2011. Forestry In The Kentucky Agricultural Economic Outlook for 2012. Ed. Powers, L., and K. Burdine. University of Kentucky, Cooperative Extension Service. 4pp.

Stringer, J. 2011. Selling Farm Timber. Small Farms Digest. USDA NIFA 15:8-12.

Stringer, J. 2011. Tree Protection in Yards, Farms and Forestry Planting. Kentucky Woodlands Magazine 6(2):4-5.

Stringer, J. 2011. Understanding Forest and Wood Certification Labels. Kentucky Woodlands Magazine 6(2):19.

Devine, K., Stringer, J., Fei, S., and C. Barton. 2011. Tracking the Establishment of Invasive Exotic Species in a Timber Harvest. Kentucky Woodlands Magazine 6(2):16-17.