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The Department for Natural Resources ​(DNR) is part of the Energy and Environment Cabinet. The department is home to the divisions of Conservation, Forestry, Oil & Gas, Mine Permits, Abandoned Mine Lands, Mine Safety, Mine Reclamation & Enforcement, and the Office of the Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund. These divisions provide technical assistance, education and funding to help landowners, institutions, industries, and communities in conserving and sustaining Kentucky's natural resources.  In addition, the department inspects timber harvests and mining operations to ensure the protection of our citizens, our environment and our workers.

The Commissioner's Office

John D. Small, Commissioner
George L. Seay, Jr., Deputy Commissioner
Michael Mullins, Environmental Scientist Consultant
Jennifer Turner, Executive Staff Advisor
JD Sparks, Special Assistant

The Divisions

Bob Scott, Director, Division of Abandonded Mine Lands
Paulette Akers, Director, Division of Conservation
James Wright, Director, Division of Forestry
Jeff Baird, Director, Division of Mine Permits
Courtney Skaggs, Director, Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement
James Vicini, Director, Division of Mine Safety
Dennis Hatfield, Director, Division of Oil and Gas




News Releases and Notices

​Contact us

Department of Natural Resources
300 Sower Blvd. 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-6940