Preserving Kentucky’s Natural Landscapes

by Laura Ellis on December 8, 2010

STATE OF AFFAIRS 12/08/10:  We’ve talked previously about historic preservation – legal protection of certain structures because of their historical significance. But did you know that a similar preservation method exists for natural landscapes? If a piece of land is designated as a nature preserve, that means it’s been recognized for its natural significance and protected by law for scientific and educational purposes. On Wednesday we’ll learn about Kentucky’s nature preserves, and also take a look at the preservation and science underway at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

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Inez Crepps December 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

My father, Jim Lawrence, was chief ranger at Bernheim Forest from 1950 until his retirement in the mid 80s. He was responsible for completing the initial survey of Bernheim’s boundaries and designing the layout of nearly all the trails at the time. In the 50s and 60s Bernheim was a favorite hunting spot for many local hunters and my dad had the dangerous and unpopular task of putting an end to poaching. Dad wrote an account of the early years of Bernheim and his log books are kept in the Bernheim archives. I’m curious whether the authors of this lovely book came across any of his records during their research.
When Dad passed away in 2004 he left behind over 100 direct descendants, all of whom continue to enjoy the serene park that he loved so much.

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