Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and Conservation Partners Support Establishment of New National Wildlife Refuge in Kentucky

On August 30, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and 23 other conservation organizations submitted a letter to Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt supporting the establishment of the Green River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Western Kentucky.

Located along the Green River and Ohio River in Henderson County, the Green River NWR would conserve wetlands, floodplain forests and other habitats with high conservation value important to a number of wildlife species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service identified this area as an acquisition priority for waterfowl conservation in 1958. Lands would be acquired in fee-title from willing landowners while other properties would be conserved through voluntary conservation easements or leases.

The Green River NWR would be managed with an emphasis on supporting waterfowl and other migratory birds and would provide access for fishing and deer, turkey, waterfowl, and small game hunting. Located in a part of the state with relatively little public land, the creation of the Green River NWR would provide important access for sportsmen and women.

Additional details about the proposed Green River NWR are available in the Draft Land Protection Plan and Environmental Assessment.

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