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Kentucky finalizes purchase of WMA in Union County

From Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

-- The Division of Forestry and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources have jointly acquired nearly 2,500 acres in Union County at the confluence of the Ohio and Tradewater rivers. The property will become the state's newest wildlife management area and state forest.

Fish and Wildlife and the Kentucky Division of Forestry are developing a management plan for this area that will include the necessary regulations. The area will be officially open to the public later this year.

The 2,484-acre site near Sturgis is a portion of one of the largest private landholdings in Kentucky. Purchase of the property, known locally as the Alcoa Property, completes the first of a two-phase project to protect the area.

The property will provide public recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, wildlife viewing and other activities as a wildlife management area.

The property also will be managed to provide watershed and water quality protection; protection and recovery of endangered, threatened and rare species; preservation of existing cultural and geological treasures, and a sustainable forest. It will be permanently protected from development and agricultural conversion.

The property will be jointly managed as a wildlife management area and a state forest, using the same goals as the Knobs and Marrowbone areas. State forest properties use the ecosystem management approach to ensure biological diversity and sustainable use. These areas are working forests with demonstration areas to promote good forestry practices.

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