KY forestry podcast celebrates 100th episode

Two years ago, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources aired the first episode of what is now one of the college’s most popular podcasts. “From the Woods Today,” has highlighted hundreds of woodland and wildlife topics and celebrated its 100th episode on April 20.

The program streams on Zoom and on Facebook Live every week. Billy Thomas and Reneé Williams, extension forester and information specialist, respectively, host UK specialists and forestry and natural resources professionals who share their knowledge of Kentucky’s forests and the creatures that call them home.

“We started From the Woods Today as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic to get the word out about forestry,” Williams said. “There are over 12 million acres of forests in Kentucky and we are doing our best to touch on topics that are most beneficial to the people who live in them.”

“From the Woods Today” recently garnered accolades from the National Woodland Owners Association and the National Association of Forest Resources Programs when it won the Individual Project Award that focused on exemplary educational programming responses to the pandemic.

“While our team was thrilled to receive this national recognition, the positive feedback we have received from across Kentucky is even more gratifying," Thomas said. "We are also very proud that the weekly program has been able to spotlight and feature many county extension agents and offices across the state which we know are incredibly important at the local level and beyond."

To learn more about “From the Woods Today” and view archived episodes, as well as obtain a link to the Zoom sessions, visit The show airs at 11a.m. ET.

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