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Kentucky Forestry Economic Impact Report 2015

Kentucky plays a pivotal role in providing forest products to the U.S. and the forestry sector is a major economic force in the Commonwealth providing over 62,000 jobs and $14 billion to Kentucky's economy in 2015. It's economic input was generated from 713 facilities located in 109 of Kentucky's 120 counties including a wide range of industries from logging and sawmills to cabinet manufacturers and paper and producers.

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KFIA Link is a monthly newsletter put out by the Kentucky Forest Industries Association to our members.  We have completed our special edition on the Kentucky Wood Expo and would like to share with you.  Click on this link to view the 2015 KY Wood Expo - KFIA Link Expo Edition


Kentucky Wood Expo
Sept. 15 & 16,
Masterson Station Park - Lexington, KY
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Kentucky Chapter Log A Load for Kids - forest industries
charity that benefits Kentucky Children's Hospital
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October is Log a Load for Kids Fundraising Month.  The Log A Load for Kids Program originated in South Carolina in 1988 to demonstrate logger commitment to community service and professionalism.  The concept was for loggers and wood supplying businesses to donate the value of a load of logs to a Children’s Miracle Network affiliated hospital.  Funds were used in treating ill and injured children.  Kentucky started the program in 1997 and has raised over $425,000 for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. 

Over the past 20 years the Kentucky Log A Load Chapter has funded two  research endowments - one for heart disease and the other for health education to help prevent childhood diseases.  Three wooden murals have been donated and placed   within the Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.  Also two interactive trees were constructed and placed in the Treehouse playroom newly named the   Kentucky Forest Industries Association Child Life Play Area. The Rehabilitation   area features some large full length photos of sawmill log yards and forest scenes.  The décor involves wood from the walls to the doors and still features the large tree as a centerpiece that was funded by Log a Load a number of years ago.  Educational themed wooden tables and a barrel library book drop give the area a large number of ties to the forestry community in Kentucky.  

For the past 10 years Log a Load has provided gifts to the patients at Christmas from many generous donations from our members and friends of KFIA.  Many members visit the Children’s Hospital and see first hand what their donations are used for. 

Also, the hospital hosts a Pediatric Cancer Survivor Picnic and Log A Load has participated for 7 years now.   Some of the office staff and Committee Chairs along with their families joined together to provide free games for the cancer survivors and their families and gave away some nice door prizes sponsored by Log a Load.

This year approximately 50 cancer  survivors and their families had an opportunity to get out and enjoy a day of fun with many activities from several vendors including carnival games,  activity stations, inflatables and so much more. 

Prizes given away this year included: 43” SmartTV, McDonald’s gift cards and many other prizes plus a special appearance from the Wildcat Wagon “Cat” to lead the Cat’s cheer.  Many thanks to: Strader Bros LLC., Domtar Paper Co. LLC, Koppers Inc., and Marion County Hardwoods for their donations.  KFIA would also like to thank Co-chair Mervin Strader, Dawn and Ellie, Strader Bros, Dan & Amy Allard,  Hannah and Grace, Domtar  Paper Co. LLC. and Kim Bauer for assisting with the picnic. 




KFIA Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT: KFIA exists to preserve the traditions, markets and  influence of all the organizations benefiting from Kentucky’s forest resources.  KFIA promotes, protects, and enhances the welfare of the commonwealth’s forest products stakeholders.

VISION:  KFIA is “The Association” of the forest products industry, service providers and landowners that reside or conduct business in Kentucky.  KFIA is a necessary investment of the forest resource stakeholder because of the robust services and benefits provided by the association.

VALUES: Accountability & Responsibility: Members are expected to conduct their business using sound ethical practices and be good steward of Kentucky’s forest resources.

Improvement & Innovation: Support initiatives that lead to continued improvement and innovation.

Responsible Forestry: Preserve members’ freedom to shape their future and defend stakeholders from unnecessary regulation.                                   

Education: Pursue educational opportunities to improve the wellness of membership and effectively inform the general public.  

Contact the KFIA Staff:    

     Bob Bauer, Executive Director
     Michele Brewer, Administrative Assistant