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Kentucky Heartwood Inc

We need forests we can get lost in; trees that make us gape; streams we can drink from. ​Wild places sustain and define us; ​we, in turn, must protect them.

Berea, KY   |  www.kyheartwood.org

Mission

Kentucky Heartwood seeks to protect and restore the integrity, stability, and beauty of Kentucky's native forests and biotic communities through research, education, advocacy, and non-violent intervention.

We are the only organization in Kentucky focused on public lands protection

Ruling year info

2002

Director

Lauren Kallmeyer

Main address

PO Box 1486

Berea, KY 40403 USA

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EIN

01-0701145

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

Forest Conservation (C36)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We advocate for the greatest protections of Kentucky's public forests, with the twin values of protecting and restoring ecological integrity and a reverence and respect for wild nature as our guiding principles. We do this through public education, outreach, forest monitoring, and the suite of administrative and legal avenues of public participation and recourse. 2022 marks our 30th anniversary as an organization.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Forest Watch

Forest Watch encompasses project reviews, monitoring, advocacy, and public education with the goal of protecting the DBNF and LBL through promoting non-commercial and ecologically defensible management while stopping projects that could substantially harm our national forest.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percent of DBNF forest service proposals reviewed

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Forest Watch

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteer days we organize

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Forest Watch

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Holding steady

Number of volunteers

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Increasing

Total number of fields trips

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Increasing

Context Notes

We led six public field trips in the Daniel Boone National Forest to showcase its beauty and biodiversity and to tell the story of how it is threatened.

Number of free participants on field trips

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Forest Watch

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Increasing

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups with whom communication has been achieved and expectations shared

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Forest Watch

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Increasing

Number of national media pieces on the topic

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Forest Watch

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Holding steady

Total number of new organization members

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Forest Watch

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Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The 708,000 acre Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky is a refuge for over 27 federally listed threatened and endangered species and stands as an ecological counterweight to the ravages of mountaintop removal coal mining to the east. Despite its fragmented ownership pattern, the DBNF holds the greatest potential in Kentucky for landscape-scale recovery and preservation of old-growth and other natural and rare communities.

The DBNF continues to be threatened by logging, oil and gas development, off-road vehicle use, coal mining, and insufficient funding to manage increasing recreational use.

In far western Kentucky, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL) is an unusual national forest unit of 170,000 contiguous acres bound by impoundments of the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. Taken through the forced relocation of around 4,700 “Between the Rivers" residents in the 1960's, LBL was intended as a federal demonstration project to promote economic development through outdoor recreation. However, inadequate funding and neglect have degraded cultural and recreational assets at the same time that the Forest Service has been working to increase logging.

Together, these two national forest units represent about 7% of all forestland and 80% of all public land in Kentucky. In addition to their ecological importance, these lands are a vital backbone of efforts to develop sustainable economic development through outdoor recreation.

Kentucky Heartwood will review every project proposed for the DBNF and LBL and participate in other formal and informal opportunities for engagement in project development. We will submit substantive comments during every comment period and file predecisional objections when appropriate. We will inform and engage the public through various media, and encourage involvement in the process. We will encourage the Forest Service to propose and advance non-extractive projects aimed at legitimate ecological restoration and rare species management.

Public education, outreach, forest monitoring, and the suite of administrative and legal avenues of public participation and recourse.

Kentucky Heartwood will review every project proposed for the DBNF and LBL and participate in other formal and informal opportunities for engagement in project development. We will submit substantive comments during every comment period and file predecisional objections when appropriate. We will inform and engage the public through various media, and encourage involvement in the process. We will encourage the Forest Service to propose and advance non-extractive projects aimed at legitimate ecological restoration and rare species management.

We have a small efficient staff, committed council (board of directors) and a passion for what we do. Our capability also hinges on our growing membership who is the core support for our work. Please make sure to become a member when you donate! Membership starts at $5 and gets you our beautiful newsletter mailed to your door 2 times a year. The newsletter is packed full of information about Kentucky forests, original artwork, and is always printed on tree-free or 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

Our organization was formed in 1992 by people concerned about logging, mining, and off-road vehicles on the Daniel Boone National Forest. We advocate for the preservation of Kentucky’s public forests and native biodiversity, with a mission to protect and restore the ecological integrity of Kentucky’s native landscape. During our first decade, our all-volunteer group achieved a 97% reduction in logging on the DBNF. In the 2000’s, we helping prevent the lease of federally-owned coal under 40,000 acres of the DBNF, twice stopped a proposal to log and degrade Cerulean warbler habitat on 12,500 acres of the Redbird District, staved off construction of I-66 through the DBNF, and achieved a reduction in road building and logging, including better protections for the federally endangered Cumberland elktoe mussel and threatened Blackside dace, in the Wild River section of Rock Creek. In 2012, after a 2-year organizing campaign, we convinced the Forest Service to withdraw the Crooked Creek Project in its entirety, stopping 400 acres of logging and herbicides in the old-growth of Little Egypt and the forest above Climax Spring. In 2015 we stopped 3,600 acres of logging in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL) and achieved a moratorium on new logging projects. That same year we secured changes to federal oil and gas leasing on the DBNF, creating new barriers to fossil fuel development. In 2016 we stopped a salvage logging proposal at LBL that would have impacted two old-growth management areas, and got the DBNF to drop nearly two miles of road building for another timber project near Cave Run Lake. In 2017 and 2018 we kept the Forest Service from logging Devil’s Backbone in LBL, and stopped 600 acres of logging in the Greenwood project on the DBNF. In 2018 we helped stop a pipeline project that would have transported hazardous liquids across the Green River, one of the most biodiverse rivers in the North America providing habitat to dozens of imperiled and endemic species.

In 2018-2019, we reduced logging in the Greenwood project near Somerset by 600 acres and reduced logging in the Pine Creek project near London by 2,000 acres. For the last several years, our main focus has been on the Redbird district, where we have documented numerous landslides, proposed logging of old growth trees, and violations of the endangered species act. Our work in Redbird is ongoing.

We've saved over 7,000 acres of public lands from logging in the last 10 years alone!

Financials

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Kentucky Heartwood Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Chris Schimmoeller

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes