WESTERN KY (2/27/12) – The United State Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that a local wildlife refuge plans to expand to upwards of 35,000 acres.
The Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a young project that is still under development. Located along the East Fork of the Clarks River, the refuge is home to over 200 species of migratory birds and is a lively bottomland hardwood forest. The local refuge is the only national sanctuary solely located in Kentucky.
The current make-up of the Clarks River NWR consists of land in Graves County, Marshall County, and McCracken County totaling over 8,500 acres with an allowance up to just under 20,000 acres. The expansion project seeks to establish the Clarks River refuge as an even greater Kentucky resource that encompasses over 50,000 total acres.
The expansion seeks to extend land protection and to ensure wildlife conservation, according to the wildlife government entity. Additionally, public recreational opportunities will be promoted under the refuge management plan, which will be guided by a 15-year Comprehensive Conservation Plan.
Further details of the expansion proposal, the Comprehensive Conservation Plan, and maps can be found at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Region website here.
For general information about the federal service, please visit www.fws.gov
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