What is the Kentucky Master Logger Program?

The Kentucky Master Logger Program was developed in 1992 by the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry Extension, Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) and Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) as partners.  Master Loggers who attended 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. Woodland owners can benefit from this law by having their logging operation inspected by KDF to help ensure that everything is being done correctly to protect water quality. 

The specifics of the statute are written in KRS 149.330 - 149.355 and the highlights of the act include the following:
  • A Kentucky Master Logger (KML) must be on-site and in charge of every commercial logging operation (excluding horse loggers).
  • Kentucky's best management practices must be used on every commercial logging operation (including horse loggers).
  • The Kentucky Division of Forestry is the primary agency responsible for inspecting logging operations and enforcing compliance with the KML program and BMP requirements.
  • Loggers must complete the three-day KML program in order to receive their KML designation card.  They must also complete six hours of continuing education courses every three years. Those failing to fulfill the continuing education requirements will lose their master logger status. 

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