HENDERSON, KY (WEHT) – U.S Fish and Wildlife hosted a ceremony in Henderson to unveil the Green River National Wildlife Refuge.
It’s the second one to be established in Kentucky and federal officials, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, were in town for today’s ceremony.
A big crowd gathered along Green River Road to see first hand the newly established refuge.
“This is going to be a great day for fish, wildlife, hunter, and anglers. It’s a pretty exciting day for all of us.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt were on hand for the announcement.
“This is a big deal. We don’t do very many of these. And to get something like this through congress with the senator’s leadership. Get it done and begin to build it out, it will be here for future generations, and it will be phenomenal,” says Bernhardt.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials say the goal is to create a space where people and wildlife can be together.
“What does that mean? It means greater public opportunities for hunting and fishing down the road, greater opportunities for recreation and learning, and greater opportunities to build upon the idea and the importance of nature, conservation, and sporting.”
And officials have community support.
“People need places and a variety of reasons to hunt, fish, to feed wildlife. To spend quiet time with nature. Not only people are the only ones that need these places, but the wildlife needs them too.”
Ten acres have already been donated to the 24,000-acre plan.
It will be the 568th refuge in the national wildlife system and just the second established in Kentucky.
(This story was originally published on November 21, 2019)
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