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State Nature Preserves Commission to present Volunteer Steward Award at quarterly meeting Dec. 14

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission will hold its final 2017 quarterly meeting on Dec. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in Training Room B of the Sower Building, 300 Sower Blvd., in Frankfort.

Staff presentations will include “Rare Plants of the Cumberland Plateau” by Martina Hines and Tara Littlefield, and “Developing the Kentucky Biological Assessment Tool” by Ian Horn.

The commission will present the 2017 Volunteer Steward Award to Myrel Short of Letcher County. The annual award recognizes a person, group or organization that has made a significant contribution to a specific preserve or to the furtherance of KSNPC’s mission by volunteering their time, expertise or physical efforts without anticipation of compensation.

Mr. Short, a lifetime resident of Eolia, Ky., has lived next to the Bad Branch State Nature Preserve most of his life. He has dedicated himself to assisting with trail maintenance at the preserve, and he has helped clear trails, reconstruct water-bars, construct and place signs and assist hikers when needed.

The mission of the KSNPC is to protect Kentucky’s natural habitat by identifying, acquiring and managing natural areas in the nature preserve system that contain rare native species, natural communities and significant natural features. It works with others to protect biological diversity and it educates Kentuckians as to the value and purpose of nature preserves and biodiversity conservation.

From Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

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