Saturday, April 07, 2001

State wants to protect Boone creek

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — The state hopes to acquire and preserve three-fourths of a mile of Gunpowder Creek, a perennial stream that is the largest watershed in Boone County, an agency said Friday.

        The board of the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund approved purchase, if it can be negotiated, of the land, which is being threatened by development.

        The Boone County Fiscal Court would acquire it for recreational use and environmental education.

        The state agency also approved a project to protect a 240-acre tract in Harlan County that includes a rare mountain bog.

        That land, adjacent to Kingdom Come State Park, would be taken over by the Department of Parks if a purchase can be negotiated.

        The land is primarily mature forest that provides habitat for migratory birds. The bog is one of a type of wetland that is found here and there near the Pine Mountain ridge top.


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