7:26pm

Tue December 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

Forests at Risk Without Federal Funding

Kentucky's forests could face as much danger from humans as any of the insects that invade them if funding isn't maintained in the Farm Bill, according to one Kentucky tree farmer. Charles D. Williams of Munfordville is helping with a grassroots campaign to raise awareness of Kentucky's nearly half-million acres of forests. The devastation could come if humans fail to maintain needed funding. So Williams - who owns nearly 1,000 acres of woodland - and others are writing letters to newspapers around the country and lobbying Congress about the need for forest protection. An attorney by trade, Williams also has lobbied the state for stronger laws against timber trespassing.