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.
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Kentucky Heartwood is a not-for-profit organization and community of individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of Kentucky's native forests. We are driven by a reverence and respect for wild nature, a love of old trees, and the dream of a future where the rich forests of our region are once again allowed to grow old for their benefit and ours. We invite you to become a member of Kentucky Heartwood today.
11th Annual Music Festival! Join Kentucky Heartwood for a one-of-a-kind festival featuring a youth music contest, art, exhibitors, children’s activities, a chalk drawing competition, hands-on workshops, a folk dance, and entertainment by original bands Native Invaders and John and Will Owen Gage.
Save Beaver Creek Wilderness - Stop the Greenwood Project
The U.S. Forest Service, on July 18, 2014, proposed the largest timber sale on the Daniel Boone National Forest in a decade. The Greenwood Vegetation Management Project in McCreary and Pulaski counties proposes, among other management actions, more than 3,600 acres of commercial timber sales. Public comment period for the Greenwood project ended August 18, 2014. Click here to learn more.
Old Growth Forest website for Kentucky
Kentucky Heartwood's project, dedicated to the past, present, and future of old-growth forests in Kentucky, featuring information, photos, and maps of a growing number of old-growth forests.
Visit and learn more about Kentucky Old Growth.
The Little Egypt Heritage Trail: An alternative vision for a remarkable forest
Learn more about our proposal to develop a hiking and equestrian trail system that promotes the cultural and natural history of Rockcastle County.
Let's Save Some Hemlocks!
Kentucky Heartwood is hosting a very special volunteer day on Saturday, June 25, where we will help the Forest Service and Kentucky Division of Forestry treat hemlock trees against hemlock wooly adelgid in Rock Creek Research Natural Area, one of Kentucky’s best old-growth forests. More info and RSVP here.
Logging proposed near Cave Run Lake
LBL Draft Scenery Management Plan withdrawn
Thank you to everyone who sent in comments! Click here to learn more.
Logging has begun in Upper Rock Creek
Click here for more info & pictures.
If this upsets you as much as us, please consider becoming a member or donating to Kentucky Heartwood so that we can have the resources to effectively challenge these projects!
We Saved Pisgah Bay!
After more than a year of hard work, Kentucky Heartwood and our allies with the Coalition to Preserve Land Between the Lakes succeeded in convincing the Forest Service to withdraw the Pisgah Bay Project and more than 4,000 acres of commercial logging! Click here to learn more.
Special thanks to the Fund for Wild Nature and Patagonia for continued support of our work!
The View from Lick Creek