WE HAVE RECENTLY MOVED TO 19 ACRES IN ALLEN COUNTY. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW BEST TO NATURLIZE OR TURN INTO FOREST SOME OF OUR ACREAGE SO WE DO NOT HAVE TO MOW SO MUCH. ALSO WHAT PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR US. WE ARE NEW TO LAND MANAGEMENT.
Given time, if left alone and not mowed, many of our fields will slowly revert to woodland. However, as I indicated this is a slow process that does not look very pleasing to the eye for some period.
To have expert advice on this issue and have a woodland plan developed for your area, I recommend contacting the Kentucky Division of Forestry office that services our county. They probably will visit your site and talk with you how you want to utilize the site whether for recreation, wildlife, timber production, etc. They can talk with you as to which tree and shrub species will work best in each situation. They will utilize this information to develop you a woodland plan. Unless something has changed recently, there is no charge for this service. They can also tell you of any financial assistance program for forestry that is available at the present. The contact information for them is:
120 Gaines Drive Campbellsville, KY 42718
270-465-5071 or 800-866-1007
You could also talk with the Natural Resource Conservation Service office (270 237-3189 ext. 3) in Allen County about any programs that could be available through them. One program that is available for signup until September 4, 2015 is the County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) program which, if you are selected, will provide 50% cost share for qualified expenditures. There is a forestry component in CAIP so there would be options for you. You will need a farm serial number for your farm to apply. They can be obtained form the Farm Services Agency office (270 237 - 3189 ext. 2) in Scottsville.
If you have further questions, feel free to contact me at any time. The Allen County Extension Office is located at 200 East Main Street in Scottsville, KY. Our telephone number is 270-237-3146.