Gov. Matt Bevin and the Department for Local Government (DLG) selected 21 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) projects for funding up to $1.3 million.  This grant assists in maintaining and developing Kentucky’s vast network of recreational trails. RTP is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is administered by DLG.

“Outdoor recreational opportunities enhance the quality of life for all Kentuckians,” said DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo. “The investment in these projects today will yield benefits long into the future.”

Trees Make for a Healthier World

Nov 9, 2016
Public News Service

A new report says planting more trees would be good for our health.

The Planting Healthy Air study from The Nature Conservancy examines the potential impact of planting trees in specific cities to lower heat and pollution, and how that could affect health, especially in regard to asthma.

The group's lead scientist, Rob McDonald, said trees provide shade and release water vapor into the air as they photosynthesize. Leaves remove particulate matter from the air around the trees, including toxins from auto exhaust and factory and power-plant emissions.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety will present “Campus Sustainability Week,” Oct. 23-29.

Activities are open to campus and the Morehead community.

Monday, Oct. 24, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Day – Mondays are the busiest day for the Morehead Community Recycling Center and volunteers are needed to help sort material. Come anytime between 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm. All volunteers who work at least one hour will receive a free Earthwise Eagles T-shirt and entered into a raffle for prizes.

Elk Tours Offered At Two Kentucky State Parks

Sep 6, 2016
Kentucky State Parks

Two state parks in eastern Kentucky will offer guests unique elk viewing tours this fall and winter.

Participants are encouraged to bring cameras. The largest elk herds are located on privately owned lands that are normally closed to the public. This is one of the few opportunities available for the public to see the greatest number of elk.

The return of elk to the region is considered to be one of Kentucky’s biggest wildlife management success stories. The animals, after being gone from the state for 150 years, were returned in 1997. They now number around 10,000.

Renewable Energy Long Island

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) has filed a request with the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to construct an 8.5-megawatt solar project in Clark County, Ky.

If approved, the cooperative solar installation will be located next to EKPC’s headquarters facilities, adjacent to Interstate 64 and U.S. 60, about two miles east of Fayette County. With more than 32,000 photovoltaic panels covering 60 acres of land, the installation would be one of Kentucky’s largest solar farms.

Hardin County Conservation

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this month.  The treatments aid in controlling the spread of undesirable plants along state highway rights of way.

The cabinet, in accordance with KRS 176.051, targets Johnson grass, giant foxtail, Canada thistle, nodding thistle, common teasel, multiflora rose, amur honeysuckle, poison hemlock, marestail, Japanese knotweed, and kudzu.

Property owners can learn more about specific treatments in their areas by contacting their district highway office.

Morehead State University

Bee Campus USA announced March 4 that Morehead State University is the fifth institution of higher education in the nation to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators.

College students, faculty, administrators, and staff have long been among the nation's most stalwart champions for sustainable environmental practices.

Every Trail

2016 marks the 11th year for the Kentucky State Parks Family Adventure Quest – the digital photo scavenger hunt for families or friends.

Learn park history and search for the perfect photo op as you explore Kentucky State Parks at your own pace throughout 2016!  Teams will choose an east or a west booklet when registering.  This means that about one-third of the quests which are park-specific, will be in the eastern or western half of the state.

Western Kentucky to Receive Oil Refining Waste

Jan 2, 2016
Windsor Star

Tons of oil-refining waste known as petcoke is on the move from Indiana across the country, including to far western Kentucky.

The Natural Resources Defense Council has been keeping an eye on the transport of the toxic dust since a BP refinery in northwest Indiana announced earlier this year that it would stop sending its petroleum coke to a dump site in south Chicago.

Black Clarksville

A unique Kentucky State Park tradition, Eagle Watch Weekends, will be offered once again in January and February 2016.

The park system will sponsor this wildlife-watching opportunity as bald eagles gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food. The park tours allow guests to observe and learn about these beautiful birds of prey.

For four decades, the Kentucky State Parks have offered Eagle Watch Weekends, a chance to view the eagles from land and water and learn about the national symbol and other wildlife.

Beach Metro

Bats appear frequently in so many Halloween decorations because many people view them as spooky or scary. That’s a shame, because bats are truly amazing animals that are frequently misunderstood.

To help educate people about bats, federal agencies partnered with private conservation organizations to designate Oct. 25-31 as National Bat Week.

Why should people care about these creatures?

Conservationists Push for Legislation as Kentucky Explores Deep-Well Fracking

Jul 22, 2015
Greg Stotelmyer, Public News Service

The amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing is increasing across the nation, with the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in neighboring Ohio and West Virginia among the most active.

New findings from the U.S. Geological Survey show the average horizontal gas well consumed more than 5 million gallons of water in 2014, up from around 177,000 gallons in 2000.

While the deep well boom hasn't reached Kentucky yet, conservationists are urging the state to continue updating its regulations to address concerns over high-volume hydraulic fracking.

Survey Shows Support For Endangered Species

Jul 21, 2015
John MacGregor, Kentucky Bat Working Group

The Endangered Species Act turns out to be popular among voters, and in a positive way, according to a recent survey.

Ninety percent of those polled say they support the act, according to a survey conducted by Tulchin Research for Defenders of Wildlife and Earthjustice. In addition, nearly three-fourths of those polled say decisions about listings should be made by biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not politicians.

Mendocino County

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie says new regulations the EPA is planning to implement on wood-burning stoves would prevent the sale of most of them.

The Garrison Republican says he’ll try to stop enforcement of those rules.

“That’s why I’m co-sponsoring this legislation, to stop the administration from enforcing new prohibitions on a renewable, abundant and dare I say, carbon-neutral method of heating our homes that has been with us for centuries.”

Massie’s legislation would stop the EPA from using taxpayer money to enforce the revised regulations.


Every angler has at one time or another forgotten something in their rush to leave for a fishing trip.

It’s disheartening when that something is sunglasses. Squinting and shielding your eyes for hours takes some of the fun out of the experience.

NY Times

Folks who have ever wondered what they could do to help native butterflies are invited to a program and planting at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 13.

The program, which will appeal to green thumbs and greenhorns alike, will highlight the essential elements of a Monarch Waystation. With monarch butterfly numbers in retreat due to habitat loss, waystations are special plantings along migration routes designed to provide food to adults and larvae.

Groups Push For Tougher Environmental Laws

Apr 26, 2015
Greg Stotelmyer

The Republican-led Congress is receiving a failing grade from several national conservation and environmental groups.

The coalition of organizations claims Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's first 100 days as Majority Leader has been a failure on both the environmental and public health fronts.

Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, says McConnell and his colleagues deserve an "F."

"It's an 'F' from our perspective," he says.

Kentucky Residents Wait For Coal Ash Ruling

Dec 16, 2014
Earth 911

Federal rules about the storage and disposal of coal ash are expected from the Environmental Protection Agency this week.

Kentucky is "in the center of the storm" about public health risks caused by coal ash, a toxic byproduct created when coal-fired power plants generate electricity, said Thomas Pearce, Kentucky organizing representative for the Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal campaign. Rules that classify coal ash as a hazardous substance are long overdue, Pearce said.

Kentucky State Parks

Kentucky’s Heritage Land Conservation Fund lacks the money to take on any new projects and the chairman of its board is appealing to state lawmakers for ideas on how to generate additional revenue for the program.

Dr. Richard Kessler told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment last week that the Fund maintains 125 sites in 67 counties. He says those areas are used for hunting, environmental education, hiking and wildlife viewing.        

Lexington Participates In Beautification Project

Jun 27, 2014
Proven Winners

Lexington is working to put its best 'bloom' forward this week. The bluegrass community is participating in the national "America in Bloom" program.

America in Bloom is a national non-profit which promotes community beautification programs through the use of flowers, plants, and trees.

Ann Garrity heads a group of local citizens interested in the effort. 

Williams & Boardwalk Pipeline and Kentucky.com

A spokesman for the planned Bluegrass Pipeline says Kentuckians shouldn’t fear the project.

The eleven hundred mile pipeline will carry natural gas by-products from Pennsylvania to the Gulf Coast, crossing through Kentucky in the process. A number of state residents are protesting against the project, saying it could create environmental hazards.

However, Tom Droege says there will be several safeguards in place to make sure there are no such problems.