Nominating Protected Areas

The National Conservation Law provides for new protected areas and expansion to existing protected areas, through voluntary purchase of land or through Conservation Agreements with landowners. Nominations of areas to be protected can be submitted to the National Conservation Council by any member of the public at any time.

Questions and requests for assistance may be made to the Department of Environment, DoE@gov.ky.

Nominations should be made to the National Conservation Council, ConservationCouncil@gov.ky.

Nominations shall be in the form of a letter to the Council and shall contain at a minimum the information set out in section 9(1) of the Law:

  • a description of the area in sufficient detail to plot its boundaries on a map or chart;
  • a statement of the reasons why the area should be selected for protection having regard to the purposes and objectives in section 8(1) and the criteria in section 8(2) of the Law;
  • a description of any protected species or other species of special concern known to reside in or migrate through the area; and
  • any conservation problems that are known to be associated with the area and any special protective measures which may be required.
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