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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. 



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2019 KFIA Annual Meeting

Click here to download a list of attendees for the 2019 KFIA Meeting

    KFIA ANNUAL MEETING - “Weathering the Storms” 

The Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) recently completed a successful 54th Annual Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky at the Embassy Suites. The meeting was held April 2-4, 2019 and was well attended by over 375 members and 37 exhibitors. The KFIA Annual Meeting serves as the premier event for the hardwood industry in Kentucky.  

The meeting got underway with 73 golfers of all talents participating in the John C. Smith Invitational Golf Scramble weathering a cool morning but then a warm beautiful day on the golf course. Followed by the KFIA Board of Directors meeting and a Welcome Reception with the announcement of the golf outing results.  

On Wednesday we opened with a legislative and association update provided by KFIA Executive Director Bob Bauer followed by Dana Lee Cole who updated Hardwood Federation issues in Washington DC and the impact on the timber industry.  With so many topics to discuss we altered our past schedule to include an opening session that began with Bryan Alvey, Director of Governmental Affairs for the KY Distillers Association discussing bourbon demand (click to download presentation)  and Jordy Jordahl, Interim Director of the National White Oak Initiative talked about the continued advancement of the initiative (click to download presentation). The opening session ended with Jason Lupardus, Director of Conservation Operations with the National Wild Turkey Federation presenting information on investments by the Federation in forest management activities in Kentucky and throughout the region (click to download presentation).  The KY Tree Farm Awards Luncheon followed with guest speaker Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles highlighting the partnerships that are being developed with the wood products industry.  Special presentations were made to those who have supported the industry and forestry in Kentucky. 

Those recognized at the luncheon were:

William & Chris Lagermann, Edmonton, KY -  2018 Tree Farmer of the Year
David Spencer, S & S Lumber Co., Rogers, KY - 2018 Logger of the Year
Lisa Armstrong, Central Region KY Division of Forestry, Campbellsville, KY- 2018 Inspector of the Year
Chris Will, Central Kentucky Forest Management, Danville, KY - 2018 Communicator of the Year

KFIA also recognized the following people for their leadership and service to the KFIA Board of Directors:

Outgoing Directors:
Tom DeFilippo, H & S Lumber, Clay City, KY
     Isaiah Harville, Woodcraft Industries Inc., Bowling Green, KY
Michelle Perry-Vincent, Associated Pallet Inc, Bremen, KY

Re-elected Directors:
Bobby Ammerman, UK Dept. of Forestry - Jackson, KY 
Jeff Caldwell, Missouri Walnut – Robbins, TN

New elected Directors:          
Brian Johnson, Koppers Inc. - Bon Aqua, TN
Justin Nichols, Benton Wood Products - Benton, KY
William (Bill) Perry, Powell Valley Millwork, Clay City, KY

After the luncheon the Sustainable Forestry Implementation Committee met and reviewed funding projects and related issues.  Of course the afternoon would not have been complete without New Orleans seafood and some great hospitality supplied by Robinson Lumber Co., New Orleans, LA and longtime KFIA sponsor Van Meter Insurance.

Thursday morning began with the General Session discussing recent issues with hardwood market exports and tariffs, Tom Inman, President of the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc. (AHMI) provided a great presentation about the tariffs and the direction of exporting (click to download presentation).  John Sullivan, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, with the National Weather Service talked about the weather effects on the wood products and forestry community throughout the region (click to download presentation).  The final topic was a look at recent research and developments related to sawdust utilization that is taking place at the University of Kentucky presented by Tom Keene, University of Kentucky Department of Agriculture (click to download presentation). 

The meeting was a tremendous success and those in attendance gained valuable information while having time to network with others in the hardwood industry from throughout the country.  KFIA is pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual Meeting will be in Louisville, KY at the Brown Hotel on April 7-9. 



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