Kentucky dedicates new wildlife management area

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentuckians have a new place to hunt, fish, hike and sightsee.

Dignitaries gathered Monday in rural Scott County to dedicate the 2,500-acre Veterans Memorial Wildlife Management Area.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources completed a deal to purchase the property near Georgetown in December. The total cost was more than $6.2 million.

Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett said purchasing the property was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Kentucky.

The state used $3.25 million from Kentucky's Wetlands and Stream Mitigation Fund to cover part of the purchase and to restore 19 miles of streams. The other $3 million came from federal grants.

The land near Georgetown is nearly 75 percent forests but also has grasslands providing a variety of habitats for different wildlife.

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