The spring 2014 issue of Land, Air & Water is available online

The spring 2014 issue is available for download at Land Air & Water
The cover features a dwarf crested iris (iris cristata)
photographed at the Brigadoon State Nature Preserve by  Harold Kelley of Glasgow, who is the preserve manager at Brigadoon.

On the inside cover, Secretary Peters writes about the importance of trees and a new cabinet project that encourages Kentuckians to plant 20 million seedlings in 20 years.  Kentucky’s 20/20 Vision for Reforestation is an ambitious goal, but one that can be achieved if we all participate.  Learn more about the project at

This issue also highlights the following articles:

  •  Liquid gold –Perdue Farms in Cromwell, Ky., developed an integrated waste recovery process at their chicken processing facility that converts gases from wastewater into electricity and hot water that is used at the facility.  Beginning on Page 1, read how Perdue’s commitment to the environment by producing “green energy” is reducing their carbon footprint and increasing their profitability at the same time.
  • Stack testing  – Air quality source test observers are not afraid of heights. That’s because their jobs require them to climb those tall stacks you see at most power plants and manufacturing facilities to test emissions and ensure that those facilities are meeting the requirements of their air quality permits.  Read their story on Page 2.
  • Diamond in the rough – A resident and property owner in Louisville, Ky., remained diligent in his nearly 5-year quest to purchase an eyesore near his home and redevelop that property into a thriving business. On Page 8 learn how the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program helps potential buyers bring properties back to productive reuse.
  • EABs at General Butler – The Kentucky Department of Parks partnered with the Division of Forestry to outline a plan for tree removal at its General Butler State Resort Park.  On Page 18, read about the infestation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) that destroyed more than 1,800 ash trees on the property and the resulting harvest plan that was put in place following the damage.

The spring issue also highlights the Upper Green River Biological Preserve in Hart County on Page 3; the growth of a northern Kentucky county’s recycling initiatives that resulted in a new recycling facility on Page 4; an update on the Black Leaf Chemical cleanup in Louisville on Page 6; and a centerfold featuring Kentucky’s state nature preserves to help you plan your staycations this spring and summer.   Other stories and awards are also highlighted throughout this issue.

If you have comments or suggestions for future stories, contact me by e-mail or by phone at 564-5525.