6:35am

Mon October 21, 2013
The Commonwealth

Growth in Big Rivers Wildlife

Credit forestry.ky.gov

A massive addition to the Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest in western Kentucky will be dedicated this week.  Officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will meet lawmakers, local officials, funding partners and others at the 42 hundred-acre property Wednesday.

 Public and private partners helped the agencies acquire the Crittenden County property this month. It will soon open to hunters, anglers, hikers and others. It's to be permanently protected for conservation use. The agencies dedicated the first phase last year, a 25 hundred-acre tract in Union County. Fish and Wildlife Deputy Commissioner Benjy Kinman says the $12.6 million purchase was made without using license and permit fees paid by anglers and hunters.