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Places We Protect

Use this map or browse the list below to explore our preserves and places we protect in Kentucky.

Our Protected Properties

For more than three decades, we have worked to assemble a portfolio of places which together protect Kentucky's unique natural diversity. Partnerships with like-minded federal, state and local organizations maximize these efforts for the benefit of the state's wildlife and people.

Each year, we review our land holdings to ensure we are protecting properties to the best of our ability. This informs management decisions and sometimes even leads to parting with a property after ensuring its permanent protection. These transactions generate financial resources needed to pursue new projects -- an approach which has resulted in a collection of 40 nature preserves and the overall protection of over 45,000 acres in the state.

Learn more about our Tools of the Trade, which include occasionally selling land to interested conservation buyers.

Western Kentucky

Grand Rivers Corridor Project
Big Rivers Corridor Project
Bissell Bluff Wildlife Management and State Natural Area
Crittenden Springs Glade Preserve
Cypress Creek Swamp Preserve
Mantle Rock Preserve

Obion Creek/Bayou du Chien Project
Hunter Bluff Preserve

Eastern Kentucky

Central Appalachian Mountains Whole System
Bad Branch State Nature Preserve
Buck Creek Project
Hazeldell Meadow Preserve
Jacob and Annie Cohen Forest Tract
Mary Breckinridge Memorial Preserve

Mrs. Baylor O. Hickman Memorial Preserve
Pine Mountain-Mullins Preserve
Primroy Creek Preserve
Rockcastle River Project

Central Kentucky

Boone County Cliffs Nature Preserve
Dinsmore Woods Nature Preserve
Griffith Woods Wildlife Management Area

Big Barrens Project
Baumberger Barrens
Eastview Barrens

Green River Project
Davis Bend Nature Preserve
Sunset Barrens Preserve

Kentucky River Palisades Project
Dupree Nature Preserve
Jessamine Creek Gorge Nature Preserve
Jim Beam Nature Preserve
Sally Brown, Crutcher and Earl Wallace Nature Preserves
Thomas Dorman State Nature Preserve

Licking River Project
Buffalo Trace Nature Preserve

Salt River/Rolling Fork Project
Pine Creek Barrens Nature Preserve
Thompson Creek Glade Nature Preserve

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