Forests, fish, and wildlife are some of Boone County's most valuable resources, providing a multitude of products and outdoor recreation opportunities. We work closely with our community partners to maintain healthy, complex natural ecosystems for the benefit of all.
Our forests are characterized by a wide number of over story trees, predominately oaks, hickories, and other hardwood species. In the under story, you can find a variety of ferns, shrubs, and wildflowers, which provide both food and protective covering for wildlife.
Kentucky's grasslands have almost disappeared since the days of early settlement, so it is important to protect our remaining habitat. Native grasses provide shelter and nutrition to animals such as quail, deer, turkey, small mammals, and songbirds.
Boone County has hundreds of miles of stream habitat, providing life for a variety of fish, invertebrates, and many other amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds which use the water for food or shelter.
Ponds, marshes, and bogs are very important habitats. They act as filters for preventing pollution from entering the groundwater, control flooding, and provide habitat for all kinds of animals including migrating birds.
WHERE CAN YOU SEE THESE HABITATS? CHECK OUT YOUR NATURAL AREAS:
- Middle Creek Park
- Boone Woods Park
- Conservancy Park
- Central Park and Arboretum
- Boone Cliffs Nature Preserve
- Dinsmore Woods Nature Preserve
- Gunpowder Creek Nature Park
Want a guided tour of these places for your school, scout, or church group? Give us a call to check for availability or visit our calendar of events for scheduled programs.