After a decade of ownership, The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky sold its Griffith Woods property and donated adjoining tracts to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) for permanent protection as a state Wildlife Management Area. In accordance with its mission, KDFWR will preserve and restore the 746-acre property while providing opportunities for hunting, wildlife watchers, hiking and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Originally protected with funding from Kentucky’s Heritage Land Conservation Fund, and private money raised by the Conservancy, Griffith Woods represents the best known remnant of bluegrass savanna-woodland still existing in the Commonwealth. Many trees located at Griffith Woods are more than 300 years old, including the world’s largest chinquapin oak.
While no longer the owners, the Conservancy continues to work with KDFWR to identify and implement land management strategies that will benefit the unique habitat and wildlife found at Griffith Woods. Together, we are also examining opportunities to welcome people to the Wildlife Management Area for educational and outdoor opportunities.
Griffith Woods plays an important role in advancing our mission in Kentucky.
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Securing the long-term conservation and management of Griffith Woods makes the news.
Take a look at a snapshot of the Conservancy's Work at Griffith Woods.