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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

Gordon R. Slone, Commissioner 
David Fields, Deputy Commissioner​

Courtney Skaggs, Environmental Scientist Consultant Senior

Jay Cunningham, Environmental Scientist Consultant Senior

Jennifer Turner, Executive Staff Advisor

The Divisions

Justin Adams, Director, Division of Abandonded Mine Lands
Paulette Akers, Director, Division of Conservation
Brandon Howard, Director, Division of Forestry

Wes Jones​, Director, Division of Mine Permits
Jim Ward, Director, Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement
Tim Fugate, Director, Division of Mine Safety

Danielle Crosman, Executive Director, Office of Reclamation Guaranty Fund
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