Crittenden Springs Glade is a very high quality limestone slope glade in the Shawnee Hills, surrounded by an oak/hickory (Quercus/Carya) upland forest. It provides habitat for at least seven rare pants.
In Crittenden County, 45 miles east of Paducah, Kentucky.
Due to the sensitivity of the site, the preserve is open to the public only through Conservancy guided hikes.
This environment provides habitat for rare plant species including prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis), fringed nut rush (Scleria ciliata), the sedge Frimbristylis puberula, Great Plains ladies-tresses (Spiranthes magnicamporum), grooved yellowflax (linum sulcatum) Buckley's goldenrod (Solidago buckleyi). This site was a gift from the Reynolds Metals Company in 1988.
The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to protecting the high-quality limestone glade and adjacent woods found here. Priorities include protecting the rare plant species through development of a monitoring plan and preventing woody encroachment through fire management.
Grasses dominate the area, particularly:
A variety of colorful wildflowers sprinkle the outcroppings, including:
Forest and grassland wildlife species are plentiful at Aimee Rosenfield preserve. These include: