FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2017) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is calling for nominations for its annual environmental awards to be presented during the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment on Oct. 19-20 at the Lexington Convention Center.
The Kentucky Division of Forestry now has a total of 18 Kentucky firefighters assigned to the 152,515 acre West Mims fire on the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
Some of the initial crew is still there and some new staff added to fight the fires. Seven Division of Forestry engines and two bulldozers are also assigned to the fire.
Hundreds of Energy and Environment Cabinet Employees enjoyed Kentucky’s 121st Arbor Day celebration event at the 300 Sower building in Frankfort on Friday.
It’s the first year for the Division of Forestry to be housed in its new home, and the Division wanted to spruce up the surroundings by planting three new trees. Just north of the building, the Division of Forestry planted a yellow poplar, a Kentucky coffee tree and a redbud.
Every year the Department for Environmental Protection honors employees who have gone above and beyond their job titles and duties to protect the environment, educate the public and ensure Kentucky is using and preserving its natural resources in a responsible manner.
Last Monday, Environmental Protection Commissioner Aaron Keatley, Dep. Commissioner Tony Hatton Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely honored 19 individual employees and six teams with outstanding service to the environment.
Wildfires rage in eastern part of state due to drought
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2016) – The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are issuing a Level I drought declaration for 117 counties in Kentucky.
A Level I drought indicates moderate to severe drought conditions have developed, primarily affecting soil moisture and vegetative health. Increasing incidents of wildfires and adverse impacts to agricultural water needs and public water supplies are likely if drought conditions persist.
The public should be aware that drought conditions do exist and if conditions continue they may be asked by their water system to conserve water. Local community water systems, especially those with drought vulnerable sources, should re-familiarize themselves with their water shortage response plans and local officials should meet to discuss how they will proceed if they do need to ask citizens to conserve water. Also, water systems should contact the Division of Water immediately if at any time they feel their water supply is getting low. Continue reading “Level I Drought Declaration Issued for Most of State”
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2016) – Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a state of emergency due to wildfires burning across the eastern part of the state.
The declaration reads in part: WHEREAS, beginning October 27, 2016, and continuing, drought conditions intensified across the entire Commonwealth, resulting in increased threats of wildfires. Wildfires are now active across the Commonwealth with numerous uncontrolled wildfires in eastern Kentucky.