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Griffith Woods Wildlife Management Area

Landscape Profile

“This area is very important to the Conservancy. Our conservation staff is excited to continue to work with KDFWR and the University of Kentucky to develop and implement plans to restore and manage the property while engaging visitors to enjoy and appreciate this unique landscape.” – Terry Cook, the Conservancy’s State Director in Kentucky

Whether owner or partner, the Conservancy plays an active role in conserving the Griffith Woods Wildlife Management Area.

Size: 746 acres

Location: Harrison County

What’s At Stake: A portion of this landscape has the best remnant Blue Ash – Oak Savanna plant community known to exist in the state. Many of the trees located at Griffith Woods are more than 300 years old, including the world’s largest chinquapin oak.

Threats: With its close proximity to the City of Lexington, Griffith Woods offers a large range of potential activities that have included agricultural and development uses. The Conservancy has worked with partners to steer potential uses in the direction of land protection and management, scientific research and environmental education.

Milestones: See the Griffith Woods WMA Timeline

Action: Since taking over ownership in 2012, the KDFWR implemented a management plan which maps out the preservation and restoration of Griffith Woods WMA’s unique landscape while providing opportunity for hunting, wildlife watchers, hiking, and other outdoor enthusiasts.  The Conservancy and KDFWR are also outlining ways for continued collaboration on  habitat management, invasive species removal, funding or implementing priority projects, creating educational opportunities, and assisting seasonal and volunteer manpower. 

Partners: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), University of Kentucky (UK), Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, county government, city officials

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