Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Receives National Award for Battlefield Preservation Efforts

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 7, 2019) – The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF) received a State Preservation Leadership Award from the American Battlefield Trust this week for its role in preserving and protecting battlefields and historic sites throughout the Commonwealth.

During the annual gathering of its members in Lexington this week, American Battlefield Trust president James Lighthizer recognized KHLCF for its “monumental contribution” to the Perryville Battlefield state historic site. The site, located in Boyle County, saw the most important Civil War battle in the western theater.

Zeb Weese, KHLCF chairman and executive director of the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves (KNP), said “we are honored to accept this award on behalf of the 40,000 Kentuckians who donate to the KHLCF each year through purchase of the nature license plates. They have made conserving these historic sites and natural areas possible.”

Since 1994, the KHLCF has funded the conservation of over 90,000 acres including portions of the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, the Battle of Munfordville at Green River Natural Area, Blue Licks Battlefield State Park and Nature Preserve, Tebb’s Bend Battlefield Heritage Area, Camp Nelson National Monument, Fort Heiman National Battlefield, and the Lincoln Boyhood Home.

The KHLCF is a program of the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves (KNP) in the Energy and Environment Cabinet, and is funded in part by the sale of “Nature’s Finest” license plates.

During the event, three other awards were given. The Shelby Foote Preservation Legacy Award was given to Joni House, manager of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, the Edwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award went to Robert Hicks for his work in Franklin, Tennessee, and a second State Leadership Award was given to Kentucky State Parks.

The American Battlefield Trust is a national organization dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today.  The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 50,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War, including 2,856 acres in Kentucky and 3,516 acres in Tennessee.

Learn more about areas funded by the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund at https://eec.ky.gov/Nature-Preserves/ and the American Battlefield Trust at https://www.battlefields.org/.

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