By the Division of Conservation
This fall, thousands of students across Kentucky will be learning about water through the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests. The annual contests — an art contest for students kindergarten through fifth grade and a writing contest for students in grades six through 12 — allow them to use the knowledge they have gained about the environment and transform it into creative art work and essays.
The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation sponsor the contest and provide materials that can be used in classrooms or at home to help the students learn about the year’s topic.
State 1st Place winner for Water in 2013 by Pheobe Wagoner of Nicholas Co.
During the contest this year, students will learn about how water is essential to life on Earth and how to conserve water. They will then create essays or posters to show what they have learned. Students can earn monetary prizes. Contest winners at each school will receive prizes that vary from school to school. On the county level, there will be a $25 prize and on the regional level $50 will be awarded. State-level winners will receive $50 for third place $150 for second place and $250 for first-place finishes.
“I am so excited to see what the students come up with this year,” said Johnna McHugh, the Assistant Director of Conservation. “The quality of Kentucky’s water is so important to all of us, and the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contest gives the children a fun and easy to understand way to learn this.”
Last year the contests received 15,260 writing entries from 87 counties and 44,152 art entries from 96 counties.
For more information about the contests, please visit your local conservation district office or http://conservation.ky.gov/Pages/ArtandWritingContest.aspx. Contest materials will be released on September 1.
BAT and CAVE CONSERVATION
American Cave Conservation Association (ACCA)
Focuses on cave stewardship and education. Features volunteer and professional services. Based in Horse Cave, Kentucky.
Bat Conservation International (BCI )
Works to preserve habitat. Focuses on education, mitigation of pollution and urban sprawl. Supports research into bat illnesses, such as white nose syndrome. Hosts bat conservation workshops.
Center for Cave and Karst Studies
The Center for Cave and Karst Studies provides a local, state and a national focus for karst research and policy development. It hosts an annual month long educational program that draws a large international following
National Speleological Society (NSS)
The largest professional cave association with a focus on research, conservation, policy development and recreation. NSS has six Kentucky Grottos, sponsors monthly meetings and hosts a series of field programs .
Beckham Bird Club (BBC)
Based in Louisville, initiatives include habitat protection, raising funds through the annual Birdathon for a number of organizations and services, including raptor rehabilitation. Hosts field trips with expert guides. Raises awareness and promotes education; participates in a rare bird alerts and migration counts.
Kentucky Bluebird Society (KBS)
Based in Paducah, Kentucky. The Kentucky Bluebird Society is an organization fostering protection of the Eastern Bluebird and other native cavity-nesting birds in Kentucky. Wide membership, providing education and habitat protection advocacy. Currently establishing registered bluebird trails on the Trans-Kentucky Bluebird Trail in every Kentucky county.
Kentucky Environmental Education Projects, Inc. (KEEP)
A non-profit membership organization for interpreting and conserving biological and cultural resources through education, research, habitat enhancement and citizenship participation. Currently assisting a Kentucky threatened species, the Osprey, through educational and public involvement. Hosts a live osprey cam.
Kentucky Ornithological Society (KOS)
Supports bird habitat, avian research and education. Participates in bird counts and educational programs.
The Kentucky Audubon Council
The Kentucky Audubon Council provides an effective state wide voice for conservation. It coordinates the activities of Kentucky's local Audubon Chapters. See Below:
Buckley Hills Audubon Association
Buckley Hills Audubon Association, based in Lexington, serves 10 central Kentucky counties; Along with the National Audubon Society, participates in programs and supports the Clyde E Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary and Audubon Center in Frankfort, providing habitat for plants and animals, and educational programs
Davis County Audubon Society
Advocates bird habitat conservation, supports wetlands and native plantings.
Louisville Audubon Society (LAS)
Works to conserve natural habitats, biodiversity and ecosystems. Publishes a newsletter, The Audubon Flyer. Hosts events and outings.
Little River Audubon Society
Based in Hopkinsville. Promotes environmental awareness. Hosts field trips and works to preserve and restore bird habitat.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE )
Based in Lexington, since 2006, a collaborative effort by many higher institutions to promote sustainability on campuses, provide educators with direction and address climate change. Produces a bulletin, hosts forums and establishes a rating system for colleges and universities.
The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE)
KAEE is one of the USA's oldest environmental education organizations and was the first affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education. It provides a regular newsletter, workshops and hosts an annual conference. Its purpose is networking, professional development and policy development.
FOREST CONSERVATION AND STEWARDSHIP
A regional organization, based in Asheville, North Carolina. Concentrates on sustainable forestry, accountability from industries using southern forests for paper manufacturing, and restoration of forest habitats.
Kentucky Heartwood (KH)
Monitors logging and forestry practices. Forestry and conservation activities with emphasis on conservation, ecological enhancement.
Kentucky Woodland Owners Association (KWOA)
Based in Owenton Kentucky, promotes economically and environmentally sound forest management. Addresses concerns of woodland owners, threats to woodland health, responsible forestry and enforcement of regulations regarding timber theft, arson and trespass.
Save Kentucky 's Hemlocks
A partnership of citizens, non-profits and government agencies united to save eastern hemlocks (Tsuga Canadensis), from the impacts of hemlock woolly adelgid. The eastern hemlock tree, iconic evergreen found along streams and lower slopes in eastern Kentucky , forms unique forests that have been in place for thousands of years but are now being threatened by hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), a tiny insect from Asia that feeds on the tree's needles. HWA was accidentally introduced into the forests of eastern North America in the 1950s and has spread to eighteen states including Kentucky .
A nonprofit organization devoted to sustainable practices, centered in Berea Kentucky . Focuses on the local economy, regional food system, minimal use of fossil fuels, and engaged, skilled citizenry. Classes in re-skilling, solar energy and edible yards.
GRASS ROOTS ADVOCACY AND CONSERVATION
Bluegrass Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE) www.kentuckypride.com
Focuses on waste and recycling in Lexington Kentucky. Advocates rain barrel and rain garden development. Supports education, outreach and community.
East Kentucky Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)
A nonprofit organization active in 38 Eastern Kentucky counties. Addresses water quality and solid waste and promotes education and environmental awareness. Hosts clean-ups and workshops.
Louisville Climate Action Network (LCAN)
LCAN is a Louisville base advocacy group that provides speakers, organizes events and promotes sound environmentally friendly legislation.
Frankfort Climate Change Action Network http://www.frankfortclimateaction.net/index.html
Based in Frankfort, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the threat of climate change and what we can do to solve it. Focuses on energy efficiency and sustainability.
Izacc Walton League (IWLA)
Conservation organization with 300 local chapters, including one in Kentucky; involved in stream monitoring, clean boat initiatives; operates shooting ranges, advocates sustainability, outdoor ethics and global awareness.
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC)
A broad -based grass roots organization based in London, Kentucky; with field offices in Berea, Lexington and Louisville. Works toward social and democratic equality and encompasses concepts of environmental justice in its annual platform. Advocates a clean environment, protection of biodiversity and sustainable forestry.
Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) info@MACED.org
Focuses on sustainable economic development, involved in forestry, education and energy efficiency. Offices in Berea and Paintsville.
A national organization with several groups in Kentucky. Works toward conservation, stewardship and sustainability. Fosters appreciation of nature through guided outings and community education. Members participate in community projects, clean-ups and children's programs.
Kentucky Environmental Foundation
(KEF) was founded in Madison County in 1990 in response to local environmental concerns. The organization continues to address sustainability, human health, and community participation as a means to promote conservation and ecological goals. Engages in research and public education.
LAND CONSERVATION AND ADVOCACY
Focuses on conservation of central Kentucky agricultural land through a conservation easement program, based in Lexington Kentucky.
Based in Lexington, advocates pedestrian travel, infill and protection from urban sprawl; acts as a watchdog for zoning changes. Focuses on sustainable choices, local solutions.
Kentucky Natural Lands Trust (KNLT)
Since 1995, an organization based in Berea, working for protection of key natural landscapes and improved stewardship. Currently focusing on the extensive Pine Mountain Legacy Project and the protection of the Blanton Forest.
Nature Conservancy in Kentucky ; http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/kentucky
Science based organization, currently protecting over 40,000 acres of fragile land in Kentucky, involved in habitat and forestry; protecting crucial areas along the Central Kentucky Palisades.
Town Branch Trail
An organization focused on development of a shared-use' greenway trail (paved route for pedestrians and bicyclists) that will connect Downtown Lexington with its world-famous equine landscape via area neighborhoods, parks, and historic sites as it follows the westward course of Lexington's historic waterway, the Town Branch of Elkhorn Creek along whose banks Lexington was founded in 1779.
LEGAL SERVICES and ADVOCACY
The Appalachian Citizens Law Center
A non-profit law firm in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Since 2002 provides free legal services to persons and citizens' groups who have legal issues related to coal mining, logging, drilling, and other resource-related practices in Central Appalachia.
The Kentucky Resources Council (KRC)
Since 1982, an environmental advocacy organization offering legal and strategic assistance without charge to individuals, community groups and local governments statewide.
NATIVE PLANT CONSERVATION
Kentucky Native Plant Society (KNPS)
Promotes appreciation of the biodiversity of native plant ecosystems and appropriate use of native plants.
North American Mycological Association (NAMA)
An organization committed to educating the public about fungi; hosts numerous outings, advocates habitat protection and sustainable use of fungi.
Louisville Metro Wild Chapter
Serving the Louisville Metro area and Southern Indiana since 1979. Hosts speakers, "Show Me, Help Me Day," workshops and summer tours of native plant gardens, and seed/plant exchange. Meetings focus on what can be done to naturalize residential properties. Features Wildflower Woods Work Session. The local chapter provides a venue for educating members and sharing information about native plant species, restoration techniques, plant rescues, and techniques for seed gatherings.
Places of Special Interest
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Approximately 14,000 acres of diverse forest and wildlife habitat administered by the I.M. Bernheim Foundation; open to the public, including 30 miles of hiking trails. Located in Clermont, near Louisville . Features horticultural and natural history programs and exhibits; efforts at stream restoration as well as nature-inspired art and cultural activities; a prairie overlook, canopy tree walk, and bird sanctuary with several lakes. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Bernheim with a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification for construction of its fascinating Visitor Center . This is the highest level award possible for green building practices and the first Platinum rating awarded to a building in Kentucky . Offers an ECO Kids program of activities year round.
Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy
In1989 Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy was formed to restore and preserve the historic Olmsted-designed parks and parkways in Louisville , one of four park systems designed by Frederick Law Olmsted; the "Father of American Landscape Architecture" The city has 18 parks and 6 parkways. Flagship parks include:
In the Ohio River Watershed Olmsted Parks Conservancy is developing innovative methods to stabilize the shores and restore the once-lovely riverbank to its appearance prior to urbanization and erosion.
Cherokee Park ( Willow Avenue and Cherokee Parkway )
Designed by Olmsted to be a place where one could experience scenery and take in the refreshment offered by the landscape. It is characterized by long winding roads opening to beautiful vistas, and large open spaces set in the valley of Beargrass Creek. The gently rolling slopes extending uphill from the creek were shaped from pasture lands to contain individual shade trees and tree groves. Woodland areas were incorporated into the design and edge plantings were added to soften the transition from open space to woodland.
Iroquois Park (Southern Parkway & Taylor Boulevard)
Noted by early park users as Louisville 's own Yellowstone , the Olmsted designs take advantage of the rugged terrain and the drama of the mature woodlands and scenic overlooks. At the heart of the park is a 10,000-year-old forest that blankets the knob's steep hillsides with a great variety of rare plants and animals. The circulation through the park includes a network of pedestrian paths, bridle trails, and circuit drives. The lands were set aside as a preserve and developed for access and enjoyment with the forests remaining essentially intact.
Shawnee Park (Southwestern Parkway & Broadway)
The Olmsted plan for Shawnee used the low-lying riverfront setting and topography of the land as inspiration for the park's design. The two principal features of the park are the concourses that afford extensive views and the expansive Great Lawn.
Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC )
Louisville based organization that provides pollution prevention and energy efficiency services to Kentucky's businesses, industries and other organizations. Free services, nonregulatory in nature.
Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS)
Encourages scientific research and promotes the dissemination of the scientific interests of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Actively supports habitat protection and biodiversity. Affiliated with numerous Kentucky institutions of higher education
Kentucky Herpetological Society (KHS)
A non-profit reptile and amphibian hobbyist group dedicated to public education and promotion of conservation of herpetofauna. Participates in animal rescue and advocacy.
Society of Kentucky Lepidopterists
Since 1974, science-oriented, based in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Focuses on education and advocacy of butterfly habitat. Participates in an annual butterfly count. Hosts an annual meeting, provides guided hikes and photographic advice.
The Kentucky Society of Natural History
Based in Louisville, an organization incorporated in 1943 to promote the study of nature and the natural sciences. Wide interests open to those with an interest in nature, such as astronomy, botany, entomology, geology, mycology, ornithology, nature photography, and zoology. The Society has members throughout Kentucky, and neighboring states. Encourages scientific research and promotes the dissemination of the scientific interests of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Actively supports habitat protection and biodiversity. Affiliated with numerous Kentucky institutions of higher education.
The Coleopterists Society
Dedicated to the insect order Coleoptera, or beetles, one of the dominant forms of life on earth. Publishes the informative Coleopterists Bulletin . Features advice from internationally recognized experts in beetle anatomy, habitat and advocacy for endangered species.
The Xerces Society
A nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates, including butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, worms, starfish, mussels, and crabs and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, uniting scientists and citizens to implement conservation programs. Publishes the magazine, Wings: Essays on Invertebrate Conservation , and other monographs. Provides the public with information, updates on advocacy efforts, and practical suggestions for helping invertebrates. Recently spearheaded the effort to preserve vanishing species of bumblebees, a highly significant pollinator. Wings has articles by leading conservationists and scientists and features extraordinary color images from renowned wildlife photographers. Books published by the Xerces Society include Butterfly Gardening and the award-winning Pollinator Conservation Handbook .
SOLAR ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Kentucky Solar Partnership (KSP)
Based in Frankfort, the organization was formed to give voice to members of our community who want wider use of solar energy. Focuses on education, practical design and raising awareness of the benefits of solar power.
Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest, (A-SPI )
Focuses on sustainability, education, pragmatic local solutions, and solar energy. Gives workshops. Publishes guides and technical papers on a number of topics, including compost toilets, and cisterns. Offices in Frankfort and in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.
Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light
A nonprofit group dedicated to a religious response to global warming through conservation, efficiency and alternative energy. Part of The Regeneration Project, an interfaith ministry devoted to deepening the connection between ecology and faith. KIPL offers educational programs for clergy and congregations that achieve tangible environmental results and impact public policy. Works to install solar panels on houses of worship, promotes Energy Star, a joint program of the US Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, now offering the Energy Star designation for houses of worship.
STREAM and WATER CONSERVATION
Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA)
Based in Louisville and Greensburg, Kentucky. Advocacy and watchdog organization for clean water; participates in watershed planning, hosts regional forums, assists Watershed Watch; focuses on strengthening regulation and public awareness.
Riverfields is the oldest and largest river conservation group in the Ohio River Valley. It holds conservation easements, runs nature preserves provides educational programs and is an advocate in the legislative and policy areas .
Based in Richmond Kentucky. Works for restoration and provides advocacy for the Kentucky River.
Friends of Wolf Run
Based in Lexington Kentucky. Works for improvements in water quality, control of stormwater pollution, sanitary sewer upgrades, habitat improvement, streamside buffer restoration, streamside landowner assistance, and watershed education.
WILDLIFE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION
Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky (RROKI)
Based in Louisville. Focuses on education and rehabilitation. Uses raptors, such as owls and hawks in educational capacities when they are not able to be returned to the wild. Cares for injured birds and has release programs. Staffed by volunteer veterinarians and lay persons
Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge
Based in Nicholasville Kentucky. Works to salvage native species and shelter injured or abandoned wildlife. Works through educational programs to discourage introduction of non native wildlife