Saturday, September 29, 2001

Owner preserves land that features rare wildflower

The Asscociated Press

        FRANKFORT, Ky. — A tract of Kentucky River woodland containing one of the world's rarest wildflowers is being voluntarily preserved as a natural area.

        Ed Councill, who owns the land and operates a river excursion business, enrolled a 118-acre tract in the Kentucky Natural Areas Registry program. Mr. Councill thus pledged to preserve the property.

        The land contains a population of Braun's rock cress, a wildflower found only in Franklin, Owen and Henry counties and one county in Tennessee.

        The flower grows on steep, wooded slopes with limestone outcroppings. The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission says the plant is “globally endangered” because of development, timber cutting, grazing and competition from non-native weeds.

        The property is called Camp Pleasant Woods State Natural Area.


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