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The Kentucky Master Logger Program was developed in 1992 by the University of Kentucky Laws and regulation dealing with water quality, timber trespass, endangered species and air quality.  Department of Forestry Extension, Kentucky Forest Industries Association and Kentucky Division of Forestry as partners.  It is a 3-day program that is designed to give participants current information on:

  1. Best Management Practices (BMP’s) on logging operations that are recommended to comply with the current laws and regulations.
  2. Kentucky Forest Industries Association update.
  3. OSHA regulations and procedures.
  4. Safety and fatality update.
  5. Chainsaw safety and felling techniques.

Attendance at the program was voluntary from 1992 through July 15, 2000.  On this date the Kentucky Forest Conservation Act became effective which requires all logging operations to have one person on site and in charge that has successfully completed the 3-day program.  All participants will receive a Kentucky Master Logger Designation Card and Certificate upon completion of the course.

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Certified Master Loggers - The Certified Master Logger Program (CMLP) is a voluntary performance based certification program for logging firms that are owned by Kentucky and Tennessee Master Loggers. Certified Master Logging firms are required to abide by a set of good logging standards and are field audited to ensure that they are complying with these standards. The CMLP itself is third party certified through Rainforest Alliances’ SmartWood SmartLogging program (certificate number SW-SL- 003285).  Go to for more information.


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The Center offers chain-of-custody certificates for logging firms to allow the cutting and hauling of Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, or Tree Farm timber. If your logging crew purchases stumpage from certified woodlands you must have a chain-of-custody certificate. Visit the Center’s website for more information to get chain-of-custody certified.