Kentucky Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee to Meet September 16

In-person meeting or videoconference option begins at 9 a.m. Eastern time

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2022) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry will host the 2022 Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee Meeting on Friday, September 16, at 9 a.m. Eastern time. This will be an opportunity to discuss the initiatives of and updates to the Forest Stewardship and Forest Legacy Programs.

Attend in person at 300 Sower Boulevard, Room 432, Frankfort, Kentucky. If you prefer to attend virtually, you can do so via Zoom at, with meeting ID – 85312868346 and Password – 503534


Introduction / Roll call
KDF Director & KY State Forester Brandon Howard

Forest Stewardship National and Regional Program update
US Forest Service Forest Stewardship Coordinator Lynn Lewis

Kentucky Forest Stewardship Program update
KDF Forest Management Chief Pam Snyder

New NRCS agreement
KDF Assistant Director & KY Deputy State Forester Bridget Abernathy

New on-line seedling store
KDF Forest Management Branch Manager Charlie Saunders

Forest Legacy update
KDF Forest Legacy Program Coordinator Chase Terry

Other & new topics
KDF Director & KY State Forester Brandon Howard

KDF Director & KY State Forester Brandon Howard

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Kentucky Division of Forestry to Recognize Local Ambulance Director, Firefighter

The Kentucky Division of Forestry will recognize Rowan County Ambulance Director and volunteer firefighter Danny Blevins who has received the National Wildfire Mitigation award, during Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 6, 2022.

The award ceremony will be held at the Area 9 State Fire and Rescue Training Center 99 Lake Park Drive, Morehead, KY at 1 PM. 

Blevins is the first Kentucky resident to be nominated and receive the award, which is co-sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the United States Forest Service (USFS).  Blevins received the award March 22 at the Wildland-Urban Interface Conference hosted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) in Reno, Nevada.

Kessley Baker, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist from the Kentucky Division of Forestry, nominated Blevins for the award. “We are extremely excited that Danny received this opportunity to be nationally recognized and bring to light all the progress this community has accomplished in wildfire risk reduction, prevention, and preparedness,” Baker said.

Blevins, and Route 377 Fire-Rescue, which also will be recognized at the May 6 event, have taken the lead in numerous local wildfire mitigation activities, including Firewise USA® recognition, wildfire hazard planning and training, and community events.

For more information about the event, please contact Kessley Baker at Details for all the awardees can be found on the NASF website,