WKU Green River Preserve: Mission
The Green River Preserve (GRP) comprises 1,520 acres of land, and stretches across both banks of the Green River in Hart County, Kentucky. The mission of the WKU Green River Preserve is to foster knowledge and protection of this highly diverse region and our natural heritage through research, education, and conservation.
Habitats and Species: Land and Water
The habitats of the Preserve include bottomlands, uplands, barrens, caves, limestone glades, and of course, the river itself. The Green River and its tributaries are centers of biological diversity for freshwater mussels and fish, hosting over 150 fish species and 71 mussel species. GRP lands surround several mussel beds, including one where nine federally listed endangered mussels have been documented. A large spring known as McCoy Blue Hole is located on the tract north of the river; it empties an underground karst drainage of 34 square miles, and an endangered cave shrimp has been recorded from the groundwater basin that feeds this spring. Two federally endangered bat species have been recorded from caves on the Preserve property, and the land serves as swarming habitat for bats. The Preserve also provides critical breeding and migratory habitat for neotropical songbirds along the Green River corridor.
Download this summary and presentation for additional details about the breadth and depth of education, research, and conservation at the GRP, including cultural conservation and restoration of the historic Gardner House. We're excited about the students, researchers, and citizens that have made the Preserve the special place it has come to be. We invite you to become a Friend of the Green River Preserve and grow along with us!
News and Events
We’ve managed to weather this icy and snowy winter, and hope you have too. We're looking forward to new classes, research, and community events this spring. We're working on several projects to increase our ability to do good work, run more efficiently, share more information, host more students and research work, better conserve biodiversity, and be useful to the community. Thanks for your own part in this effort!
Upcoming plans include stargazing, biology and geology classes and research projects, and a retreat of interfaith religion scholars; summer classes are in the works as well. If you’re interested in becoming a part of one of these opportunities, let us know - we’re making plans for formal and informal possibilities now.
See you out there, and online - our library, calendar, and blog links are coming soon!
Dr Ouida W Meier, WKU GRP Director for Management, Education and Outreach
Click here to read some of our past News and Events postings.Want to receive occasional Green River Preserve news? Email email@example.com . Thanks for your interest!
This symbol of the Preserve uses the shapes of mussel shells as landforms on either side of the Green River. Created by Mina Doerner.
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