Two Top Officials Appointed at the Department for Natural Resources

James R. Wright has been appointed Director of the Division of Forestry and James M. Vicini has been appointed Director of the Division of Mine Safety. Both appointments are effective April 16.

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Kentucky Sends Firefighting Aid to Oklahoma

Firefighters go west.jpgFrankfort, Ky. (March 10, 2017) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) has dispatched a dozen firefighters to assist the state of Oklahoma, where fires have burned nearly 900,000 acres in the northwest part of Oklahoma.

The firefighters, who departed from Kentucky yesterday morning, included one public information officer, one task force leader, two dozer bosses, three engine bosses, three engine operators and two firefighter type IIs. The Division of Forestry also sent threeType-6 Wildland Fire Engines and two JD-650 dozers with plows to assist Oklahoma’s fire efforts as part of the Southern Wildland Fire Compact.

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Arson Arrest Made in Floyd County

FRANKFORT, KY (February 23, 2017) – This spring’s first arrest for woodland arson was made Wednesday, February 22,  by Sgt. Homer L. Pigman of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources (KDFWR).

Sgt. Pigman arrested Johnathan Shepherd of no known address for allegedly setting a fire off HWY 1210. Mr. Shepherd was charged with KRS 149.380 (2)(3) setting fire on land owned by another and KRS 508.060 wanton endangerment in the first degree. This is a Class D Felony.

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“Capture the Earth” Student Video and Photo Contests Announced

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2017) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet today announced two contests to protect the environment and to celebrate Earth Day.

For middle school students, the “Capture the Earth” photo contest seeks original photographs and for high school students, the “Capture the Earth” video contest seeks original videos. Both contests seek to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Kentucky.

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Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers Announce $12.5 Million Grant for Development of Appalachian Wildlife Center in Bell County

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2016) – Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE) has approved a $12.5 million grant for the development of the Appalachian Wildlife Center in Bell County, Ky.

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Art and Conservation Writing Contests Seeking Entries from Students

art-contest-picThousands of students across Kentucky are learning about trees through the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contest, which opens today.  The annual contests, an art contest for students in grades one through five, and a writing contest for students in grades six through 12, allow students to use the knowledge they have gained about the environment and transform it into creative art work and written essays.

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Gov. Matt Bevin Announces Refunds of $179,900 to Coal Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2016) – Gov. Matt Bevin announced today that fiscal courts in 33 counties will receive refunds totaling $179,900 from mining permit and acreage fees.

The Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees and returns a portion of the fees to coal-producing counties for projects that the fiscal courts deem beneficial to their communities.

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