Organization acquires 2,000 acres for Pine Mountain trail
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund says it has acquired about 2,000 acres (809 hectares) of forestland in Bell County for the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail.
A statement from the state Energy and Environment Cabinet says the purchase enables recreation options including hiking and birding and will conserve habitat for rare species including the Northern long-eared bat.
Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland says the land purchase will add about 4 miles (6 kilometers) to the Pine Mountain trail.
Conservation fund Director Zeb Weese says the trail will be the access point closest to Pineville and Pine Mountain State Resort Park.
The organization has funded thousands of acres on Pine Mountain and says all the sites have management plans to keep them focused on conservation and compatible recreation.