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Volunteers Sought for Cave Run Habitat Project

June 25, 2014

Largest Kentucky Fish Habitat Project Underway

Dates set for work: July 14-21 and Aug. 11-18 

By Chris Erwin

As I prepare to head out to Green River Lake to join other outdoor writers from across Kentucky and neighboring states, I wanted to make sure our readers were up to date with news coming from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Many of you know that Cave Run Lake has been selected to undergo the largest habitat project ever attempted in the state. Plans are to place fish attractors in mile long strips at three locations in the lake. Two will be on the main lake and one in the Popin Rock area.

The first stage of the project was collecting materials to build the attractors, which has been going on since back in the winter. The second stage is to ask for volunteers to help move materials “to site” and then place them in the water.

According to KDFW officials, they have acquired significant amounts of project material and have selected two locations on the lake to complete placement this summer.  Those sites are between Stony Cove and Adam’s Point as well as between the bank from the boat-in campground near Clay Lick to the mouth of the Licking River.  Officials plan to work on the Stony Cove site during the weeks of July 14 and July 21. They will work on the Clay Lick site during the weeks of August 11 and August 18.  For both sites, the first week will be the “moving and building” week and the second week will be the “placement” week.  Officials will host a “Saturday Work Day,” Stony Cove on July 19 and Clay Lick on August 16, for volunteers who can’t make it out during the week to help.

Individuals interested in volunteering can contact Tom Timmerman, Assistant District Biologist for Northeastern Fisheries District, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources via www.fw.ky.gov, phone at (606) 783-8650, or fax (606) 783-8652.

Courtesy of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources.

Courtesy of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources.

This next piece of news from the DFWL is also good for both hunters and fisherman.

A generous donation of two pieces of equipment from the League of Kentucky Sportsmen to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will produce better upland and small game hunting in the future, officials said.

The League of Kentucky Sportsmen has donated $142,000 for two front-end loaders equipped with tree shears for improving habitat for species such as grouse.

“The League of Kentucky Sportsmen always has been focused on wildlife conservation and the development of habitat,” said Mark Nethery, immediate past president of the League of Kentucky Sportsmen. “This seemed a natural progression,” he said.

The shears will allow for cutting smaller trees to create open spaces in forested habitat. This benefits upland species such as grouse and quail, as well as small game species such as cottontail rabbits.

“This generous donation from the League of Kentucky Sportsmen will enable us to greatly enhance our forest management activities,” said Karen Waldrop, director of wildlife for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “This equipment will improve grouse habitat and other wildlife habitat across the state.”

The League of Kentucky Sportsmen presented the check to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission at its quarterly meeting earlier this month.

“We see this donation further solidifying the relationship between the League of Kentucky Sportsmen and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources,” Nethery said, “The wildlife and sportsmen of Kentucky are the beneficiaries of this continuing relationship.”

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