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Energy and Environment Cabinet

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Division of Forestry
Kentucky's State Forests

Kentucky Ridge State Forest signThe division owns and manages 10 state forests Big River, Green River, Pennyrile, Marrowbone, KY Ridge, Kentenia, Tygarts, Rolleigh Peterson, Knobs and Marion County -  with a combined total of 47,677 acres.

The state forest properties are managed using the ecosystem management approach to ensure biological diversity and sustainable use.  They are working forests and educational demonstration areas exist in each.

Recent additions to the state forestry property have been provided Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund imageby the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund. Revenue from the fund comes from a percentage of the state's portion of the unmined minerals tax, environmental penalties and state nature license plate sales. The division continues to seek new properties to add to the state forest program.

Check out our Story Map displaying all of the state forests, what you can do in them and a map of trails and directions on how to get there, by clicking on the photo below.
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