A dedication ceremony was held Thursday, May 31, at the Griffith Wood property, US 62 West, by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to dedicate nearly 750 acres in Harrison County as the Griffith Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The University of Kentucky contributed 391 acres to the project that it had acquired earlier through the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources purchased the remaining 350 acres of the property from The Nature Conservancy. The department purchased the conservancy’s property using Federal Program Income monies that are restricted for land acquisition. The property is home to one of the last major bluegrass savanna woodland areas in the area. The department’s area management plan will focus on the preservation and restoration of its unique landscape huge oaks and other hardwoods that dot rolling grasslands while providing recreational opportunity for hunters, wildlife watchers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. “This is such a unique and outstanding area,” said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Dr. Jon Gassett. “Griffith Woods includes one of the last remnants of bluegrass savanna woodland in this part of the state, and preserving and restoring this for our children and their grandchildren is a treasure beyond words.” Pictured above are the men responsible for bringing the Wildlife Management Area Project full circle for the Griffith Wood’s property. Pictured from left are: Horace Brown, Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund board member, Joe Deitz, KFLCF board staff, Dr. Bill Martin, KFLCF board chairman, Dr. Jon Gassett, Commissioner Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Dr. John Cox, University of Kentucky Dept of Forestry and Terry Cook, executive director Kentucky State Nature Conservancy.