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Information icon A forested section of the proposed Green River National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Partnership Area. Photo by Lee Andrews, USFWS.

Public invited to comment on proposed new national wildlife refuge in Henderson County, Kentucky

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting the public to comment on the proposed establishment of Green River National Wildlife Refuge in Henderson County, Kentucky.

Working at the direction of Congress and in close cooperation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Service has worked to increase hunter access and conserve important wildlife habitat on approximately 24,000 acres in the proposed refuge. A draft land protection plan (LPP) and environmental assessment (EA) have been developed in cooperation with partners as part of the process. Today, the Service is releasing the draft LPP and EA for public review and comment.

The proposed refuge is part of a Conservation Partnership Area, a 53,000-acre expanse. Within that larger boundary, the Service will acquire lands through the purchase of easements and fee title ownership only from willing sellers to create the 24,000-acre Refuge.

The proposed refuge is near the confluence of the Green and Ohio rivers in northwestern Kentucky. It is valuable habitat for fish and wildlife, supports migrating waterfowl, and will offer recreational opportunities including hunting and fishing.

“This is a win for hunters and anglers,” said Leopoldo “Leo” Miranda, Director of the Service’s Southeast Region, which includes Kentucky. “This refuge also serves as prime wildlife habitat.”

Miranda thanked the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for its close collaboration on the project. “We couldn’t have done this without their help,” he said.

Conservation of this area is supported by local landowners, conservation groups and state and federal agencies. With its creation, the refuge would join Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge, located near Benton, the only two refuges located fully in Kentucky.

The Service will hold an informational meeting about the proposed refuge on August 20, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Preston Arts Center, Henderson Community College, 2660 S. Green St., Henderson, Ky.

The Service welcomes public comment on the draft documents. You may view and download the draft LPP/EA from: Any comments must be received by August 30, 2019. Comments should be directed to: Green River NWR Proposal, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 606 Browns Church Road, Jackson, Tennessee, 38305; or e-mail:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to the information meeting for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close-captioning or other accommodation needs to Tina Chouinard, (731) 432-0981,, or TTY 800-877-8339 by close of business August 6, 2019.


Mark Davis, Public Affairs Specialist, (404) 679-7291

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