The Bluegrass Land Conservancy, the state’s first accredited land trust, was founded in 1995 to aid in protecting the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. They recently merged with the Limestone Land Trust to extend their reach westward to just outside the Louisville metropolitan area. As a 501(c)3 non-profit they work to educate landowners and the public on the benefits of land and resource preservation. Their efforts are concentrated not only on protecting working landscapes such as horse, cattle and crop farms but also on protecting natural habitats for wildlife and plants. Watershed areas with streams, rivers and lakes along with scenic landscapes with cultural or historic importance are also included in their protection plan. They have partnered on various outdoor related events in the past including birding walks, crawdad hunts, creek clean-ups, and their monarch butterfly project. Their impact on our region since their formation includes preservation of:
- Over 25,000 acres of land on 117 farms across the Bluegrass region
- 95 miles of rivers and streams
- 63 farms that contain historic sites
- 10.29 miles of scenic byway frontage
- 21,600 Acres of prime farmland soils and soils of statewide importance
For more information on the Conservancy visit their website at bluegrasslandconservancy.org.