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Christopher Reeves, University of Kentucky - Department of Forestry, christopher.reeves@uky.edu
Jeffrey Stringer, University of Kentucky - Department of Forestry, stringer@uky.edu (Presenter)

 

Several non-governmental organizations have begun to target specific forestlands for preservation through the use of conservation easements. These easements generally prevent any type of timber harvesting from taking place. Through the use of certification along with a restructured conservation easement, certified timber could still be harvested from these lands while protecting the attributes that a traditional easement preserves. A model is currently in development that provides basic information on how a working forest conservation plan would be structured using Forest Stewardship Council standards to provide for habitat and protection attributes required for typical conservation easements. The model property is a 905 acre, NIPF that includes a pre-historic Native American fort, historic riverboat landing resort site, and federally endangered mussel habitat, potential endangered Indiana bat habitat, and cliff lines. The Center for Forest and Wood Certification is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to develop a working forest model on the Massey Springs property to allow for timber extraction and protection of special features. Financial implications from varying management scenarios will be presented.