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Land Use Planning Around Military Installations
Kentucky Revised Statutes §100.187 requires comprehensive plans to contain provisions for the accommodation of all military installations greater than or equal in area to 300 acres that are contained wholly or partially within the planning unit's boundaries; abutting the planning unit's boundaries; or contained within or abutting any county that contains a planning unit.  The statute is intended to help in minimizing conflicts between the relevant military installations and the planning unit's residential population. The planning entity shall consult with the military commander to determine their needs, and shall include questions regarding installation expansion, environmental impact, issues of installation safety, and issues relating to airspace usage, to include noise pollution, air pollution, and air safety concerns.

K.R.S. §100.187

Land Stewardship and Conservation Taskforce
Kentucky H.C.R. 120 of 2006 created the Land Stewardship and Conservation Taskforce to study the state’s strategy for the protection of natural areas, farmlands, habitats, and forests, and produce recommendations for a comprehensive land stewardship and conservation program, called the "Conserve Kentucky" program. The study shall include: 

•  A review of the state's existing land preservation programs and their missions, their interactions, funding sources, and methods for prioritizing projects; 
•  A review of other states' land conservation programs and funding sources; a statewide assessment of potential areas and acreage that may be secured from willing participants; and 
•  An assessment of the sources and levels of funding needed to sustain a long-range plan.

The study was released January 2008. 

Task Force Report

H.C.R. 120 of 2006

Contact:
Mr. Art Williams, President
Kentucky Conservation Committee
P.O. Box 1152
Frankfort, Kentucky 40602
502-689-4403
earthart@yahoo.com 


Open Space/Conservation

Farmland Preservation Program
Kentucky Revised Statutes §262.900 et seq. provide for the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) Corporation within the Department of Agriculture.  The statutes authorize the state to purchase agricultural conservation easements in order to ensure that lands currently in agricultural use will continue to remain available for agriculture and not be converted to other uses.  Although PACE was established to purchase conservation easements, landowners also are encouraged to donate easements in order to dedicate their land to agricultural uses.  Donors of conservation easements may receive federal and state income tax and estate tax benefits.  The PACE Corporation has purchased agricultural conservation easements on 88 farms totaling 20,927 acres for approximately $17.9 million.

Contact:
Kristen Branscum, Director
Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Div. of Agriculture Education, Farm Safety and Farmland Preservation
100 Fair Oaks, 5th Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 
(502) 564-4893
(502) 564-0303 fax
kristen.branscum@ky.gov

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Forest Legacy Program
The Kentucky Division of Forestry administers the state’s Forest Legacy program.  The program focuses on the acquisition of conservation easements that “restrict development, require sustainable forestry practices and protect other values.”

Contact:
Ms. Diana Olszowy 
DNR Division of Forestry
627 Comanche Trail
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 564-4496
(502) 564-6553 fax
Diana.Olszowy@ky.gov 

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Heritage Land Conservation Fund
The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF) was established in 1994 (Kentucky Revised Statutes §146.570) and is administered by a 12-member board. The board’s mission is to award funding for the purchase and preservation of selected natural areas in the Commonwealth; to protect rare and endangered species and migratory birds; to save threatened areas of natural importance, and to pro¬vide natural areas for public use, outdoor recreation and education.  The KHLCF is supported by the state portion of the un-mined minerals tax, environmental fines, the $10 additional fee to purchase a Kentucky nature license plate and interest on the KHLCF’s assets.  

Contact:
Ms. Lisa Wellings 
DNR Heritage Land
375 Versailles Road
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 573-3080
(502) 573-1692 fax
lisa.wellings@ky.gov 

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Uniform Conservation Easement Act
Kentucky Revised Statutes §382.800 et seq. provides for the state’s Uniform Conservation Easement Act, which authorizes the creation of permanent easements on real property for conservation and historic preservation purposes.

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Administrative

Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs
Kentucky Revised Statutes §154.12-203 stipulates that the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, established in 1996, is to address matters of military significance including maintaining "a cooperative and constructive relationship between state agencies and the military entities." The Commission has adopted a strategic plan and performed an economic analysis of the military in Kentucky.

Contact:
David E. Thompson, Executive Director
700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 133
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 564-2611 ext 302
(502) 564-2853 fax

KRS §154.12-203

Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs


State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Ms. Teresa Arnold
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission
Room 300, Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 564-8100
(502) 223-5094 fax

David E. Thompson, Executive Director
Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs
700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 133
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 564-2611 ext 302
(502) 564-2853 fax

Mr. Ken Lucas
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of the Commissioner
1111 Louisville Road
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 564-9203
(502) 564-9240 fax

Adjutant General (also serves as Governor’s Military Advisor)
Major General Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General
Department of Military Affairs
Building 100 
100 Minuteman Parkway
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-6168
(502) 607-1558
(502) 607-1271 fax
edward.tonini@us.army.mil

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
Legislation pertaining to military affairs tends to originate from both the legislative and executive branches in Kentucky.  On the Legislative side, jurisdiction over such matters is held by the Senate Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection; the House Committee on Military Affairs and Public Safety; and the Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection.  Ms. Erica Warren of the Legislative Research Commission, a non-partisan research agency tasked with providing information to the Legislature, serves as Committee Staff Administrator for the committees.  

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senator Jimmy Higdon, Chair
702 Capitol Avenue
Annex Room 204
Frankfort Kentucky 40601
(502) 564-8100 ext. 623
Jimmy.Higdon@lrc.ky.gov

Ms. Erica Warren, Committee Staff Administrator
(502) 564-8100 ext. 512

House Committee on Military Affairs and Public Safety
Representative Tanya Pullin, Chair
702 Capitol Avenue
Annex Room 332C, Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 564-8100 ext. 678

Ms. Erica Warren, Committee Staff Administrator
(502) 564-8100 ext. 512