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KFIA Southeast Region MeetingJuly 16 - Somerset KYDownload
KFIA Western Region MeetingAug. 20 - Central City Country ClubDownload
KFIA North Central Region MeetingJune 25 - Oldham County Country ClubDownload
KFIA Northeast Region MeetingAugust 6 - Morehead, KYDownload
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

Kentucky Forest Sector Economic Contribution 

Forests cover nearly half the state of Kentucky and are the foundation of a forest sector that is a major economic force in the Commonwealth. This webpage contains the latest Kentucky forest sector economic contribution estimates, prior estimates, links to data sources and methods, as well as additional information related to the economic importance of Kentucky’s forest resources.    

The 2016 estimates for the economic contribution of Kentucky’s forest sector include: 
  •  $8.4 billion in direct economic contribution  
  • $13.29 billion in total economic contributions 
  •  26,068 jobs in the forest sector and an estimated  
  •  59,451 jobs overall 
The Kentucky Forest Sector is divided into six sub-sectors: Logging, Primary Wood Manufacturing, Pulp and Paper, Secondary Wood Manufacturing, Paper Converters Wood Residue Each of these sub-sectors is comprised of one or more forest industries except for the Pulp and Paper sub-sector which consists of only paper mills in Kentucky. For more information about the forest industries included in each sub-sector click here. 


Hardwood Federation Supporters, 

We have received word that the Trump Administration is preparing to announce another round of Agricultural aid to farmers, ranchers, and others hurt by the trade war with China.  The announcement of this aid package could come as soon as Thursday May 23rd and could exceed $15 billion according to those familiar with the plan.  This aid is largely modeled after the first agricultural bailout last year after the announcement of the retaliatory tariffs.  While soybeans, wheat, and corn are almost guaranteed to be included in the relief package, other commodities will also receive payments.  The Hardwood Federation has sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue asking that hardwoods be added to this list.  Now it is your turn to weigh in as well. 

Please use the link below to send a letter to your Representative and Senators asking that Secretary Perdue include the hardwood industry in this proposed relief package.  There is a box for you to include information about your operations and how the trade war has affected your business using specific economic and labor numbers, if you like. Domestic mills have suffered sharp sales declines of export sales, lost jobs and even completely closed operations – impacts felt up and down the supply chain.  

The domestic hardwood products industry in the US directly supports more than 685,000 jobs in 25,000 facilities generating $136 billion in annual income and related industries tied to the supply chain support an additional 1.1 million jobs and add $212 billion to the economy.  For every $1 million in output of hardwood products, 5.3 jobs are created. 

Thank you. 

Click the link below to log in and send your message:   


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



2019 KFIA Regional Meetings

Click on the date to download the meeting registration form. 

June 25, Tuesday           North Central Region – LaGrange, KY 
  Golf – Oldham County Country Club - 10:30 am
Social Hour: Oldham County Country Club - 5:00 pm
Meeting & Dinner Location: Oldham Co. Country Club - 6:00pm
     (1870 Country Club Lane, LaGrange, KY 40031)
Hotel Reservations: Best Western - 502.222.5500, Comfort Inn & Suites -502.222.5678, Quality Suites - 502.225.4125,
     Super 8 - 502.225.9778

For more information contact: Tony Leanhart, Northland Corp. (502.594.1330), Email:

July 16, Tuesday                 Southeast Region – Somerset, KY
Golf – Eagle’s Nest Country Club - 9:30 am
     (1811 Clubhouse Dr, Somerset, KY 42501)
     Contact: Robert Ousley, James Ritter Lumber 606.875.0902
Social Hour: Harold Rogers Fire Training Center - 5:00 pm
     (180 Oak Leaf Lane, Somerset, KY 42503)
Meeting & Dinner Location: H. Rogers Fire Training Ctr. - 6:00 pm
Hotel Reservations: Courtyard Somerset - 606.679.0090, Quality Inn & Suites - 606.678.2023, Hampton Inn -
     606.676.8855, Country Inn & Suites - 606/679-3711

For more information contact:  George Crawford, Somerset Wood Products (606.678.2842) 

August 6, Wednesday         Northeast Region – Morehead, KY
Golf - Eagle Trace Golf Course - 10:00 am
Social Time: Morehead Conference Center - 4:00 pm  
     (111 E. First Street, Morehead, KY 40351)
Meeting & Dinner Location: Morehead Conference Center - 6:00 pm 
Hotel Reservations:  Best Western Eagles Inn - 606.784.5796 Comfort Inn and Suites - 606.780.7378, Hampton Inn -

For more information contact: Amy Middleton, Diamond Forest Resources (606/462-1005)

August 20, Tuesday             Western Region – Central City, KY
Golf – Central City Country Club - 10:30 am
Social Hour: Central City Country Club - 5:00 pm
Meeting & Dinner Location: Central City Country Club - 6:00 pm
Hotel Reservations: Best Western – 270.757.0222, Days Inn – 270.7543.1222, Super 8 Motel – 270.757.1700
For more information contact:  Bill Hendrix, Brewco Inc. (270.754.5847)



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