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Heavy traffic during the coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on Kentucky’s state nature preserves

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service When state parks closed at the start of the pandemic, many Kentuckians ventured out to local nature preserves and natural areas, and experts say the heavy traffic has taken a toll on Kentucky’s public lands. Clare Sipple recently retired, but spent 18 years managing Lower Howard’s Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve in Clark County. Over the past few...

Lower Howard’s Creek Nature Preserve adds 77 acres through Heritage Land Conservation grant

The Lower Howard’s Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve in Clark County has grown by 77 acres, thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF), the state program funded in part by sale of “Nature’s Finest” license plates. The popular hiking spot, near the Kentucky River on Athens-Boonsboro Road, now spans more than 420 acres. The acreage includes the John Holder...