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Experimental Asian carp harvest method to be employed at Kentucky Lake during February

The deployment of an experimental Asian carp harvest method on Kentucky Lake will impact public access during the month of February. In an effort to rid the lake of thousands of invasive Asian carp, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the Tennessee Valley Authority have scheduled a research...

Rural Blog: Kentucky wildlife officials to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at Land Between the Lakes

Kentucky wildlife officials are proceeding with plans to shoot feral hogs from helicopters in the federal Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. “The winter campaign to eradicate feral hogs at LBL begins in November and also includes bait trapping and euthanasia, managed by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S....

Project to map white oak DNA aims to provide greater understanding of major part of state’s signature spirit

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Bourbon isn’t bourbon without the mighty white oak. Distillers have been aging bourbon in oak barrels as far back as the Roman Empire. Oak barrels give bourbon its unique caramel, vanilla, nutty and toasted flavors. Kentucky distillers rely especially on the white oak. But what if disease hits the species? How would industry professionals protect it? The University...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Teddy Roosevelt an admired president, conservationist, American icon of freedom

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt Jr. (1858 – 1919) was one of America’s most popular, admired and beloved presidents. The two-term Republican (1901-1909) was an outdoorsman, war hero, conservationist, book author and journalist, and naval historian. His likeness was carved into Mount Rushmore alongside other America icons of freedom — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. His...

Educational blog, family-friendly activities to mark September as Kentucky Archaeology Month

September is Kentucky Archaeology Month, a time dedicated to educating the public about what professional archaeologists do, what the practice of archaeology entails, and what archaeology can tell us about the history of our state and the people who lived here before us. For the third year, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC) will post a blog, “30 Days of Kentucky...

EKU researchers studying copperheads in Red River Gorge, seek to minimize human-snake interaction

They come from all over the country for the rock climbing, the hiking and, of course, the rugged, breathtaking scenery. But visitors to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge sometimes encounter copperhead snakes when they interact with the environment. Funded primarily by grants from the U.S. Forest Service and the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, a team of Eastern Kentucky...

Kentucky Forest Industries’ Wood Expo features classes, exhibits along with competitions

The Kentucky Wood Expo returns to Masterson Station Park in Lexington Sept. 15-16, and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will have a big hand in two days of educational and fun activities for the entire family. The biennial event, sponsored by the Kentucky Forest Industries Association, offers classes, competitions and more than 50 exhibits and demonstrations for everyone, from...

Rural Blog: Newspaper reports National Park Service officials could have stopped spread of Gatlinburg fire

Former U.S. Forest Service firefighters say National Park Service officials could have stopped wildfires that devastated homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on No., 28, Don Jacobs reports for the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Bill Gabbert, a former Forest Service firefighter who writes an online blog about wildland fires and aviation resources to battle them, said the Park...

EKU archaeology teams assists U.S. Forest Service as history in Daniel Boone Forest uncovered

The Daniel Boone National Forest is rich with ancient native history. And about a dozen undergraduate students and faculty at Eastern Kentucky University intend to get to the bottom of it. Literally. The University’s anthropology program recently entered into an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to conduct archaeology field schools in the Forest for the next five years (and likely beyond) at...

UK Fire Cats answer call to fight state’s wildfires, explore firefighting as career

(Photo by Mike Harp)   By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward   On any given weekend, when smoke curled over the mountains, the University of Kentucky Fire Cats student firefighters could get the call. That call to fight some of the state’s wildfires during the recent spring fire hazard season came pretty regularly this year. The Fire Cats’ inaugural fire season turned out to be a...

Everyday Heroes: Shad Baker blazing trails, quite literally, along Pine Mountain range

This story about Shad Baker and the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail is taken from Steve Flairty’s 2008 book, Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes. As of July, the trail has 58 miles of marked trails. Baker is hopeful of completing the project within five years. Go to the Facebook page, Pine Mountain Trail Conference, for more information.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   In 1996,...