Recent News


It's nearly that time of year again when a forest landowner's thoughts turn to one thing.  We aren't referring to cranberry sauce or Christmas decorations, but rather to the dreaded timber tax season. Fortunately, Dr. Linda Wang, Timber Tax Specialist with the USDA Forest Service, has once again prepared an annual list of timber tax tips for the season!

The tax tips provided in the bulletin is designed to help forest landowners, foresters and loggers in preparing 2017 tax returns.  The publication discusses types of timber property for tax purposes, expenses, timber sales and property taxes. 
A printable bulletin is available by clicking here to download.

New BMP Requirements

In the early part of 2017 new logging BMP minimum requirements will be in effect (click here for a copy of the requirements). The important changes to the minimum requirements are highlighted in the brochure “2017 Logging BMP Changes”. Click here or on the image for the brochure.

Please make copies and distribute as needed including providing links on appropriate websites. Kentucky Division of Foresty county rangers are also passing these brochures out during inspections. The completed Field Guide to Logging BMP Minimum Requirements is being printed and will be sent to all Kentucky Master Loggers the first part of 2017 and made available online.  KML CEC courses on the changes are also being planned for 2017.

KFIA Link - Monthly Newsletter EXPO EDITION (click to download)

This newsletter highlights the Kentucky Wood Expo (KWE) recently held September 15 & 16 in Lexington, KY.  MANY THANKS to all that volunteered time or who provided donations, equipment and supplies that make the KWE successful.


We will return in 2019!

Upcoming Events
KFIA Annual Meeting Information Download
Wm. H. Steele Memorial ScholarshipApplication attachedDownload
KY Master Logger 3-day CourseOngoing - view website for dates/locationsDownload
KML - Continuing EducationOngoing - view website for dates/locationsDownload
Kentucky Forestry Economic Impact Report 2016

  Kentucky Forestry Economic Contribution Report 2016
       Click here to download the 2016 Impact Report

  Kentucky plays a pivotal role in providing forest products to the U.S. and beyond; the forestry  
  sector is a major economic force in the commonwealth. Estimates of the economic contribution and
  related 2016 statistics include:

   * $9 billion in direct economic contribution.
   * $14.4 billion in total economic contributions a 1% decrease over 2015.
   * 27,740 jobs in the forest industry and an estimated 60,225 jobs overall.
   * 722 facilities located in 110 of Kentucky's 120 counties, gaining 9 facilities since 2015.

Sawmills and secondary wood manufacturing were estimated to show increases in direct revenues in 2016; together they are responsible for $3.4 billion in direct revenues, an increase of over $500 million from 2015.

Sawlog production estimated at 746,000 board feet, down slightly compared to 2015, with growth still outpacing removals 2:1. Kentucky remains one of the leaders in hardwood sawlog production in the U.S.

Exports decreased slightly to $283 million, with barrels (new and used) and white oak lumber still the number 1 and 2 exports. Europe remains the top destination for our exports followed closely by Asia.

Hardwood sawlog delivered prices for most major species were mixed compared to 2015.

The closing of the Verso pulp and paper facility in Wickliffe resulted in a functional collapse of pulpwood markets in western KY which helps explain the decline of more than $20 million in the logging sector compared to 2015.



Kentucky Wood Expo - the next Expo will be held in Sept. 20 & 21, 2019
Lexington, KY -  For more information - click on logo 

Kentucky Chapter Log A Load for Kids - forest industries charity that benefits Kentucky Children's Hospital
Click on logo for more information





Join us at the KFIA 53rd Annual Meeting and find out what is happening not only in Kentucky but around the region.  The industry is working to remain strong and the meeting will focus on current issues.  Speakers will be covering updates on some hot topics including legislative and tax updates, log exporting activities, plus wildlife and forestry opportunities to work together.  We will also have a speaker to discuss the National White Oak Initiative.  In addition to the expert speakers in each field, the program is full of activities and provides excellent opportunities for networking and meeting with exhibitors.  

We will begin Tuesday, April 10 with the John C. Smith Invitational Golf Scramble scheduled for the Polo Fields Golf and Country Club.  The golf outing is a fun event that everyone enjoys and all golfers regardless of abilities are invited to play.  An evening Welcome Reception in the exhibit area will wrap up a busy day for those that want to get  together for some fellowship and find out who came out on top in the golf scramble.  The afternoon also offers many opportunities to enjoy a number of tours and activities located near the hotel in downtown Louisville.

Wednesday, April 11 the exhibit area will be open throughout the day and the quarterly KFIA Board of Directors meeting will be held in the morning. Also a Break out Session with the Kentucky Statewide Wood Energy Team, Kentucky Department of Energy Development will offer an opportunity to learn about current wood energy projects and funding.  The KFIA Business Meeting will be held in conjunction with the KFIA/KY Tree Farm Awards Luncheon where the new officers will be elected and outstanding individuals will be recognized for their achievements in the forest industry community.  Legendary College Coach Adolph Rupp will be our guest speaker during the luncheon.

Following lunch the Communications/SFI committee meeting will have an open discussion on certification issues and funding of current projects by SFI members.  The afternoon will start kicking up with free time for attendees to visit the always popular Robinson Lumber & Van Meter Insurance Hospitality Suite and then return to the Exhibit Hall to wrap up the day with an exhibitor reception.     

On Thursday, April 12 the last day of registration begins with breakfast in the exhibit area.  The General Session will start with an update on association and legislative activities.  The rest of the morning will cover issues that directly affect the wood products and forestry community throughout the region.  The following experts will be the guest speakers for the General Session: Judd Johnson, Hardwood Market Report will discuss hardwood markets and log export activities, Jeff Stringer, UK Department of Forestry will discuss the National White Oak Initiative, Greg Johnson, Commissioner KY Department Fish & Wildlife will discuss opportunities for wildlife and forestry to work together. 

Please make your hotel reservations at The Brown Hotel by March 16, 2018 to obtain our convention rate of $140 per night (includes parking).  If you drive a large truck that will not fit in the parking structure you will be parked about 1 block from hotel at NO additional charge.  If making reservations by phone, be sure to mention the KFIA Annual Meeting.  To make reservations by phone call 502-583-1234 or click here to use the online link

To receive the membership rate please make sure your dues are paid up to date.  Companies who are non-members may attend by paying a non-member registration fee or paying one year’s membership to the association and receive the member registration fee.  Registration fee includes meeting expenses, receptions, and awards luncheon.



KFIA Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT: KFIA exists to preserve the traditions, markets and  influence of all the organizations benefiting from Kentucky’s forest resources.  KFIA promotes, protects, and enhances the welfare of the commonwealth’s forest products stakeholders.

VISION:  KFIA is “The Association” of the forest products industry, service providers and landowners that reside or conduct business in Kentucky.  KFIA is a necessary investment of the forest resource stakeholder because of the robust services and benefits provided by the association.

VALUES: Accountability & Responsibility: Members are expected to conduct their business using sound ethical practices and be good steward of Kentucky’s forest resources.

Improvement & Innovation: Support initiatives that lead to continued improvement and innovation.

Responsible Forestry: Preserve members’ freedom to shape their future and defend stakeholders from unnecessary regulation.                                   

Education: Pursue educational opportunities to improve the wellness of membership and effectively inform the general public.  

Contact the KFIA Staff:    

     Bob Bauer, Executive Director
     Michele Brewer, Administrative Assistant