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Landowner’s forestry efforts recognized

story by Beverly Moseley

Landowner Kenny Bailey of Kountze was recently recognized as a Certified Forest Steward by the Texas A&M Forest Service. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has worked closely with Bailey over the years through the agency’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) on site preparation work and reforestation of pine trees on enrolled EQIP acreage.

“I really enjoy working with people like Kenny, because of the vast number of topics he is interested in. When he calls or walks into the office, I know the conversation will be anything but boring and I will usually learn something, too. He is well deserving of this award,” Dan Wilson, NRCS district conservationist in Kountze, said.

Bailey also has a Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contract through the NRCS which includes enhancements, such as forest wildlife structures and pollinator habitat. Wilson said Bailey will readily admit he doesn’t know everything there is to know about conservation, trees or wildlife, but his land stewardship efforts over the years have greatly enhanced and improved his property’s plants, trees and wildlife habitat.

“Kenny is a pleasure to work with. He is the type of person that has many, varied interests and is willing to put in the time to learn something about them,” said Wilson.