take a few moments to read more about our Timberland Stewardship
Program and other forestry programs/acts. At the bottom of the page
are links to informational websites about forestry
in Kentucky and around the United States.
Hardwoods, Inc.'s Timberland Stewardship Program
Hardwoods, Inc. offers services to landowners to provide the best
in timberland management practices.
many natural resources, timber is renewable. That means by taking
the proper precautions, timber can continue to be harvested for
industry indefinitely resulting in economic benefit to landowners
while preserving the natural beauty and habitat of the forestland.
Proper forestry management practices help improve the overall health
of the forest, reduce pollution, and create better shelter for wildlife.
At Premium Hardwoods, we understand the importance of trees in the
habitats around us; that's why we take pride in our Timberland Stewardship
Program. Effective management of timberland is a direct means to
helping preserve Earth's natural resources.
more about the services we offer.
Master Logger Program
Hardwoods, Inc. utilizes certified loggers who have graduated from
Kentucky's Master Logger Program to harvest landowners' timberland.
Master loggers are trained in proper forestry techniques to ensure
that the harvesting of the timberland does not harm the environment.
Kentucky Forest Conservation Act passed in 1998 requires all commercial
logging operations to have at least one graduate of the Master Logger
program on site, in charge of the timber harvesting operations.
These graduates are trained in Best Management Practices (BMP's)
in order to properly harvest the timber and help maintain and improve
water quality. Loggers must also complete continuing education every
three years. The Kentucky Division of Forestry inspects logging
sites to ensure the compliance of the Conservation Act.
the Kentucky Master Logger website.
Forest Conservation Act
Act requires all commercial logging sites to have a Master Logger
Graduate on site. Also required are the use of state approved Best
Management Practices (BMP's) for water quality.
to the Act, BMP means "effective, practical, economical, structural,
or non structural methods that prevent or reduce the movement of
sediment, nutrients, pesticides, and other pollutants from the land
to surface or groundwater, or that otherwise protect water quality
from potential adverse effects of timber harvesting operations as
developed by the Division of Forestry and approved by the Agriculture
Water Quality Authority."
the Act, the Kentucky General Assembly declared that "healthy,
sustainable forests that are ecologically sound provide economic
opportunities and benefit the overall quality of life for all Kentuckians."
In addition, "high quality forests provide clean air and water
and biodiversity." The General Assembly said that "a diverse
forest economy must include forest product industries, recreation,
Division of Forestry
Tree Farm System
National Association of State Foresters
Forest & Paper Association - SFI Program
Master Logger Program