Kentucky Division of Forestry http://wkms.org en KY Foresters Collecting Native Seeds http://wkms.org/post/ky-foresters-collecting-native-seeds <p></p><p>Foresters are scouring university campuses, tree farms, cemeteries and Kentucky woodlands in search of nuts, fruit and seeds from native trees.</p><p>Division of Forestry Director Leah MacSwords says staffers from her agency will plant them in the state's two nurseries to produce seedlings that can be replanted. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:09:48 +0000 The Associated Press 36032 at http://wkms.org KY Foresters Collecting Native Seeds Big Rivers Wildlife Area Addition Being Dedicated http://wkms.org/post/big-rivers-wildlife-area-addition-being-dedicated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A massive addition to the Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest is being dedicated this week.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Division of Forestry and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is meeting with lawmakers, local officials and funding partners Wednesday on the more than 4,000 acre property.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:36:23 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 35892 at http://wkms.org Big Rivers Wildlife Area Addition Being Dedicated KY Continues Reforesting Efforts http://wkms.org/post/ky-continues-reforesting-efforts <p></p><p>The Kentucky Division of Forestry is again making more than 50 species of trees available for planting in an initiative aimed at reforesting the state.</p><p>Spokeswoman Jennifer Turner said more than 1 million acres of land in Kentucky could benefit from tree planting to improve wildlife habitat and protect the soil from erosion by wind or water in rural areas.</p><p>And in urban areas, Turner said, trees reduce the heat, wind, dust and noise. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:23:34 +0000 The Associated Press 35758 at http://wkms.org KY Continues Reforesting Efforts Drought Creates Conditions for Active Wildfire Season http://wkms.org/post/drought-creates-conditions-active-wildfire-season <p>Officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry say this summer’s lack of rain, along with tornadoes that have knocked down trees have created the conditions for a potentially bad wildfire season.&nbsp; The recent drought has dried out state forests in the Commonwealth, and fallen trees and limbs means there’s plenty of fuel for wildfires.&nbsp; State forester Leah MacSwords says this could lead to an active fire season and be dangerous for firefighters.&nbsp; She says people should take extra precautions and watch out for forest arson, the leading cause of Kentucky’s wildfires.&nbsp; This Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:56:41 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 22787 at http://wkms.org Drought Creates Conditions for Active Wildfire Season More Division of Forestry Seedlings Growing in W. Ky. http://wkms.org/post/more-division-forestry-seedlings-growing-w-ky <p>State forestry officials say a tree nursery in western Kentucky has taken on extra work this year to produce nearly two million seedlings for state sales. Forest Resource Branch Manager Tim Sheehan said tornados in March wiped out the state’s eastern Kentucky tree nursery. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:37:25 +0000 Angela Hatton 21452 at http://wkms.org More Division of Forestry Seedlings Growing in W. Ky. Many W. Ky. Counties Remain Under Burn Bans http://wkms.org/post/many-w-ky-counties-remain-under-burn-bans <p>More than half of western Kentucky counties remain under burn bans this week. Out of 22 counties, 15 have reported burn bans to the Kentucky Division of Forestry. Some cities, including Madisonville have issued their own bans on outdoor burning and fireworks. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:19:58 +0000 Angela Hatton 19798 at http://wkms.org Many W. Ky. Counties Remain Under Burn Bans