Earth Day event at Vernon-Douglas, April 27

Kentucky Nature Preserves invites public to support natural landmark

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 4, 2019) — Looking for an outdoor activity to celebrate Earth Day, welcome spring and give back to your community? The Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves (KNP) is hosting a cleanup event at the Hall Hill/Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public is invited to help with needed trail maintenance and litter removal, but also will have the opportunity to hike the trail and learn more about natural plant species and wildflowers from KNP biologists.

Located within a forested section of Hardin County, this 730-acre preserve protects one of the most mature second-growth forests in the Knobs region. Hall Hollow, a valley within the preserve, supports a rich array of spring wildflowers.

The trail passes through the valley bottom and then up the ridge to a narrow point locally known as “the pinnacle,” which provides a bird’s-eye view of the pastoral Younger Creek valley.

Part of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, KNP preserves and protects Kentucky’s natural areas. “This is a great opportunity to team up with the local community, students and our conservation partners to make sure this area remains a pristine resource for our citizens and visitors,” said Zeb Weese, chairman, of the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund and executive director, Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves.

Interested participants should meet in the preserve’s parking lot slightly before 10 a.m. wearing appropriate attire – work clothes, proper footwear, gloves and rain gear if appropriate. Trash bags and rubber gloves will be provided for litter cleanup. Please bring water and lunch if you desire. Cameras, binoculars, and hand lenses are also welcome.

For more information, visit https://eec.ky.gov/Nature-Preserves or https://www.facebook.com/events/429611517785575/. Register by emailing NaturePreserves@ky.gov.  

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