The division owns and manages 10 state forests Big River, Green River, Pennyrile, Marrowbone, KY Ridge, Kentenia, Tygarts, Rolleigh Peterson, Knobs and Marion County - with a combined total of 48,829 acres after its most recent acquisition 238 acres adjoining Tygarts State Forest.
The state forest properties are managed using the ecosystem management approach to ensure biological diversity and sustainable use. They are working forests and educational demonstration areas exist in each.
Recent additions to the state forestry property have been provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Legacy Program and the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund. Revenue from the fund comes from a percentage of the state's portion of the unmined minerals tax, environmental penalties and state nature license plate sales. The division continues to seek new properties to add to the state forest program.