As the current white oak population ages over the next 50 years, there’s not a sustainable source of new seedlings to supply the unprecedented demand from bourbon production and other timber-related industries. As a result, scientists are working to replicate select white oaks with “superior genetics.”
When downed trees blocked access to the KEWS tower, used for emergency communications, KEWS reached out to the Kentucky Division of Forestry to restore access to the tower.
Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a new and concerning malady that has thrown Kentucky’s Forest Health a double-punch: the impact of late-season hard freeze on trees and vegetation. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Forestry has been monitoring the damage, and it appears to be statewide in scope.