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Watchdog Earth: Another piece of Pine Mountain saved


Watchdog Earth: Another piece of Pine Mountain saved.

The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust has closed on a 46-acre purchase that allows for expansion of a state nature preserve on Pine Mountain in Whitley County near the Tennessee border, setting the stage for several other anticipated conservation purchases.

The property adjoins one of Kentucky’s most remote and wild areas, the newly dedicated Archer Benge State Nature Preserve, which covers 1,864 acres along the Laurel Fork. The land trust says it provides important habitat for numerous rare native fish and mussels, the federally listed Indiana bat, and several rare plants.

After several other deals are completed this year, the land trust says it will be able to round out the protected watershed boundaries and protect significant bat caves on the property.

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