U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans new wildlife refuge in Henderson

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – The U.S. Fish and wildlife Service is planning a new wildlife refuge in Henderson.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to make certain areas along the Ohio and Green Rivers a wildlife refuge, but they need the public’s help to make it happen.

The proposal will set aside 53,000 acres for a new Green River National Wildlife Refuge in Henderson.

Within that area, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will only purchase a maximum of 24,000 acres to use for wildlife.

While wildlife officials say animals come first, parts of the land will be open for public recreation, including hunting and fishing.

“The biggest one is that we’re going to come in and just take their land from them. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has a policy of only accepting land from willing sellers. There’s concerns that when we come into the area, we’ll also control their private land owner rights and that’s not true. If it’s their land, then it’s their land.”

If someone wasn’t at the meeting but is interested in selling their property, you can Michael Johnson at 270-570-5770, or email him at Michael_johnson@fws.gov.

The form can be found below:

All public comments about the proposal are due by the end of the month.

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(This story was originally published on August 20, 2019)

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