Pine Island Double Falls Logging

Once gone, we will never know the falls and hike the same again.  Act now!

District Ranger Jason Nedlo and the Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF) have decided to go ahead with destroying our playground, the national forest in Rockcastle, Laurel and Pulaski Counties.  Last week they responded to comments to protect Pine Island Double Falls by stating the following in a letter: “...I have decided to protect the Pine Island Double Falls area...” That is a boldface lie when you look at their revised map (see below for comparison).

You can directly email District Ranger Jason Nedlo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to convey your thoughts and disgust at him for ignoring our pleas to protect this wonderful waterfall and place.  You can also contact him via phone at 606-864-4163 extension 107. Normal business hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, but you can also leave him a voicemail.

You can also directly email the head of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Forest Supervisor Dan Olsen, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view convey your objection and irritation with him and his employees for ignoring our thoughts on protecting a natural feature that we all enjoy.  You can also call him at 859-745-3103.

To officially object, you need to call 859-745-3100 and/or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the title 'Objection-Pine Creek Forest Restoration Project.'

The forest offices have received more calls about how to get to Pine Island Double Falls than anything else this year.  Yet after all those calls and after receiving over 100 comments asking District Ranger Jason Nedlo to protect Pine Island Double Falls, this is what he did:


Since I am not a forester and do not understand their fancy and foreign language, I have broken it down for myself as well as you to understand what they really mean, in our language.

Red = Death  Their map even shows 'Early Seral Habit' as the bloody death red.  The death of the forest.  This is shelterwood cutting which looks like the following (Picture from the Forest Service):

Look at all the trees they remove!  The forest service even states this about this type of logging: "The shelterwood may be removed at a later date (e.g., 5 to 10 years)."  They log most of it now, leaving some trees, only to return in a few years to take the rest.  So we are left with a forest of 5-year-old trees.  That is bullshit!  Shelterwood is essentially clear-cutting but in two stages.  Do you want ALL of the trees around Pine Island to disappear?  With no management, this is ripe for invasive species to take hold and to kill off all the native plants.  This also leaves logging roads, logging landings (large clear cut areas for loading logs) and logging slash (piles of branches that the sawmill doesn't want) behind.  Recent forest fires this fall have had plenty of fuel with logging slash left behind in Pulaski County, right across the Rockcastle River from Pine Island Double Falls.

Pink = Near-Death  This is Commercial Thinning.  It is what it sounds like.  They come in and sell some of our trees.  So you still have logging roads, logging landings, and logging slash.  They thin out some of the trees to make more room for the remaining ones to grow.  This way they can come back in a decade or two to better trees for them to log the rest.  The guide to commercial thining states "Specific objectives identified are to enhance total crop value."  The guide goes on to say that an objective of commercial thinning is "to obtain wood volume or revenue earlier than the usual harvest."  They want to increase the value of the forest for future logging.  Commercial Thinning is not the absolute worst thing, but if they really wanted to better the forest they could cut trees in a less impactful way, but that would require not selling them to special interests.

Yellow=Previous Death  This is Crop Top Release.  What in the world is that?  That is where they come in and do non-commercial thining (what Pink should be!).  This is to give some hardwoods (think Oaks and Hickories) an advantage to grow.  Why do they need to do this?  Because this part of the forest was clear cut or Shelterwood Cut back in the 1980's or 1990's.  So this is what happens to the forest when the Red Death comes, 30 to 40 years later trying to fix their mess and mistakes.  Yet they continue to do the same to OUR forest.

Blue=Happy for Now  This is the heavy logging (nearly clearcut) that they have removed.  Not much at all.  Beyond that, it is the only area they removed after the 100+ comments in the entire project area, which covers 113,300 acres (aka 177 square miles!!!).

So please contact Jason at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 606-864-4163 x107 and contact Dan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 859-745-3103.  Let them know you love OUR forest and that you do not want it destroyed and that you really don't want perhaps the most beautiful waterfall in the state of Kentucky and its amazing hike and drive to it destroyed.

More Information on Pine Island Double Falls, Including Location

More Information on the Original Logging Proposal (KY Heartwood)

Pine Island Double Falls in all her glory:

Lick Creek Falls: