Although Kentucky’s fall forest fire hazard season officially ended December 15th, Kentucky Division of Forestry officials say people should remain vigilant when burning or building fires out in the open.
KDF Director Leah MacSwords says even though winter precipitation decreases the number of forest fires, it only takes a few sunny dry days to create favorable conditions.
The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky is planning to close on a deal today to acquire 4,241 acres of forest in Crittenden County. The $13.4 million deal is the largest in the Conservancy’s 38-year history in the state.
The parcel is being bought from The Forestland Group, a timber investment company. Referred to as Phase 2 of the Big Rivers Corridor Project, the parcel of land was ranked as the number one priority in the United States Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program. The transaction is funded through the Conservancy’s land protection fund and in part by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.