KY Master Logger Program

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The Kentucky Master Logger Program is designed to enhance the logger’s ability to operate efficiently within the framework of constantly changing environmental and safety regulations.


New BMP Requirements

In the early part of 2017 new logging BMP minimum requirements became in effect (click here for a copy of the requirements). The important changes to the minimum requirements are highlighted in the brochure “2017 Logging BMP Changes”. Click here or on the image for the brochure.

Please make copies and distribute as needed including providing links on appropriate websites. Kentucky Division of Foresty county rangers are also passing these brochures out during inspections. The completed Field Guide to Logging BMP Minimum Requirements is being printed and will be sent to all Kentucky Master Loggers the first part of 2017 and made available online.  KML CEC courses on the changes are also being planned for 2017.



Bad Actors who have not paid their civil penalties or completed all site remediation must notify the appropriate Division of Forestry regional prior to beginning a timber harvest. 402 KAR 3:050


Water Maps - How to Find Protected Streams

Water Maps is a website developed by the Kentucky Division of Water to assist foresters and loggers in locating streams and rivers in Kentucky that need special protection. Click here to visit the website.

Special streams and rivers are called Exceptional Use Waters and include:

  • Wild Rivers: recreational rivers where logging must adhere to special provisions as far as the eye can see from the river up to 2000 feet away
  • Cold Water Aquatic Habitat (CAH): commonly referred to as trout streams where special Streamside Management Zones are required
  • Outstanding State Resource Waters (OSRW): high quality waters that are monitored periodically
  • Outstanding State Resource Waters Threatened/Endangered Listed Species (OSRW T/E): streams and rivers containing federally listed threatened or endangered species   
    Note: some streams and rivers maybe listed as both OSRW and CAH


Kentucky Forest Transportation Cost Estimator

To find out your transportation costs, click here.

Master Logger Office Accepting Credit Cards
The Master Logger Office now accepts Visa and Mastercard for payment for its programs. Please call 859-257-6230 to pay with a credit card.