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Hector Mountain landslide

Forest Service proposes more logging in severely landside-prone areas

Forest in a proposed logging unit in the Hector Mountain project area. ​The U.S. Forest Service has proposed logging up to 250 acres in areas with extreme landslide risks in…

2021 Year in Review

​In 2021 alone, Kentucky Heartwood responded to eight project proposals across the Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF) in addition to tracking multiple other projects at various stages of development. Here…

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Forest Service floats the Hinkle Land Exchange with little information

 The Forest Service released the draft Environmental Assessment for the Hinkle Land Exchange in late September 2021. The exchange includes the Forest Service trading four tracks of forested federal land…

Kentucky Resources Council files FOIA appeal on behalf of Kentucky Heartwood

With the help of the Kentucky Resources Council, Kentucky Heartwood (KHW) filed an appeal challenging the Forest Service’s decision on August 17, 2021 to deny KHW a fee waiver request…

Old-growth forests, trees over 250 years old, threatened by logging in Redbird

​The U.S. Forest Service approved logging of old-growth forests in the Daniel Boone National Forest, despite the agency’s claims to the contrary. Forests with trees over 250 years old are…

Public comment needed by July 26, 2021: Red River Gorge Management Planning document

Dear Citizens, Kentucky Heartwood staff is chipping away at comments for the Red River Gorge Management Planning process. After submitting our first electronic comment, we noticed that comments are actually…

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Public comment needed: Forest Service plans to change the boundary of the Red River and Scenic Integrity Objectives of the Red River Gorge through forest plan adminstrative changes due to mapping and a typographical error

The Forest Service is conducting two management plan overhauls for the Red River Gorge Geological Area and the Red Wild and Scenic River. They are concurrently seeking comment to fix…

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The public deserves more information about Blackwater

The Cumberland District of the Daniel Boone National Forest lies below Morehead, Kentucky and to the east of Cave Run Lake. The 12,000-acre Blackwater Landscape Analysis is proposed here. The…

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More landslides from logging in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Complaint submitted to Division of Water

​Kentucky Heartwood has submitted a formal complaint to the Kentucky Division of Water after repeated failures by the Daniel Boone National Forest to stabilize or remediate multiple, ongoing landslides caused…

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Forest Service aims to shortcut environmental review and public participation in logging projects

​The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) recently issued final revised regulations that dramatically shortcut environmental review, and public input and oversight, on projects that include up to 2,800 acres of logging…