Welcome to the Kentucky Tree Farm Committee Web Site
The Kentucky Tree Farm Committee promotes actions that sustain forests, watersheds, and wildlife habitat through the power of private stewardship.
Family forests certified by for the American Tree Farm System are recognized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and meet current standards qualifying tree farms as SFI certified wood.
The Tree Farm System operates as an informal partnership encouraging resource management professionals from all disciplines and segments (forest industries, public agencies, private forestry consultants, and forest landowner organizations) to work together and offer expertise to family forest owners. The Kentucky Tree Farm Committee carriers out its mission by:
- Certifying and re-inspecting Kentucky Tree Farms as part of the American Tree Farm System.
Providing Tree Farm certificates and signs to recognize Kentucky Tree Farmers
- Recognize each year the Kentucky Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year.
- Recognize the Kentucky Outstanding Logger of the Year
Recognize the Kentucky Outstanding Inspector of the Year
- Sponsor Tree Farm Field Days and educational programs throughout the state
- Undertaking special projects designed to educate Kentucky landowners on proper forest management
DO YOU KNOW AN OUTSTANDING LOGGER?
The Tree Farm Committee is now accepting nominations for Logger of the Year and Tree Farmer of the Year which is honored yearly at the KFIA Annual Meeting In the spring. The first step in the process is to submit a completed application with information on the candidate and then the Tree Farm Committee reviews the applications and narrows the choice down to two to three candidates as finalists and then visits the operations and makes a final decision.
Nominations are being accepted until September 1 and will then be reviewed in September at the tree farm meeting and field visits will be set up with the finalists with the winners being determined in February. These awards are an excellent way to honor those who do a good job in forestry related activities that often get little attention. Nomination forms are available on the KFIA website at www.kfia.org and look under Recent News or contact the office with any questions.
Anyone is welcome to nominate either the Logger or Tree Farmer of the Year. The Logger of the Year need to operate in Kentucky and should not be on the Bad Actor list. The Tree Farmer of the Year needs to manage forest land in Kentucky and be a member of the American Tree Farm System. The Tree Farm System is available at no charge to all woodland owners who are actively managing their forestland.
2021 Logger of the Year – Collett & Smith Logging – Collett & Smith Logging of Roark, KY was recently honored as the 2021 Kentucky Logger of the Year at the Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) 57th Annual Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky. Coby Stephens with Kentucky Hardwood Lumber, Somerset, KY nominated Kenny Smith owner of Collett and Smith for the award.