Little South Fork conservation efforts saves 1,000 acres of forest
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves has announced the conservation of over 1,000 acres of forest with rare species habitat for their Wild Rivers Program.
These additions to the Steele Hollow Watershed Conservation Area in Wayne and McCreary counties were funded with assistance from the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, the Imperiled Bat Conservation Fund and the US Fish and Wildlife Services Kentucky field office.
“These tracts lie within the watershed for the Little South Fork of the Cumberland River, which contains habitat for several imperiled species,” said Lee Andrews, State Field Office Supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Kentucky. “The palezone shiner, for example, is one of those species and is only known to occur in the Little South Fork and in the Paint Rock River in Alabama.
Andrews says other species that will likely benefit from these acquisitions are the fluted kidneyshell, Indiana bat, and northern long-eared bat.