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Winter is upon us and I just wanted to remind golfers to please call ahead to check golf course conditions. With the colder tempts, frost and even chance of snow, we are not sure what to expect up here on the ridge!

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The golf course and pro shop are open year around, WEATHER PERMITTING!

Pro Shop hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., every day.  

Winter Rates

Weekday, $20.00 per player

Weekend, $25.00 per player

All golf carts must be in by 5:30 p.m. due to darkness.

As a reminder, the golf course and pro shop will be CLOSED on November 23, Thanksgiving Day!

Enjoy your black Friday on the course, if the weather permits!

It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas!!!  If you spend $50.00 on pro shop merchandise you will receive a gift certificate for a FREE round of golf to be used in 2018!!  This promotion will begin TODAY through December 21st.    

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Date: 10-25-2017

Three new nature preserves totaling 2,000 acres on Pine Mountain in Letcher County will connect the Kingdom Come State Park to the Hensley-Pine Mountain Wildlife Management area, and the E. Lucy Braun State Park Nature Preserve to the Kentenia State Forest.

The connections will create 7,000-acre and a 6,000-acre protected areas respectively, and will make available almost 50 percent of the land needed for the Pine Mountain Trail.The connections will create 7,000-acre and a 6,000-acre protected areas respectively, and will make available almost 50 percent of the land needed for the Pine Mountain Trail.

The connections will create 7,000-acre and a 6,000-acre protected areas respectively, and will make available almost 50 percent of the land needed for the Pine Mountain Trail.

The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, which buys property from private owners to preserve it, announced the purchases last week. The land includes 27 separate tracts.

Hugh Archer, executive director of the land trust, said nearly all of the land is on the North face of the mountain in Letcher County. The largest individual tract, in which the trust bought a one-quarter share, is on the South side. Archer said that share was bought from Kentucky River Properties, which had bought it from a member of the Eversole Family, which owns the remainder of the tract.

“It’s the first land they (Kentucky River) have sold in 100 years except for a couple of horse farms” in central Kentucky, Archer said.

The purchases cover about nine miles of Little Shepherd Trail from U.S. 160 at Hurricane Gap (Sand Hill) to Eddie Saltess Overlook on the Devil’s Backbone section of Little Shepherd Trail. The land is on both sides of Kingdom Come State Park, and includes more than 100 cave openings, some only large enough for bats, but other large enough for a person. He said while the bats will be protected, the caves will not be completely off limits to people.

“ We’re not going to gate them,” Archer said. “We’ll probably enlist the local cavers to help manage them.”

The caves include Crystal Cave and the Linefork Caverns, Archer said. He said the Eastern section of the purchase also includes a small section of uncut forest at least 125 years old. The Eastern Section begins at Creech Overlook and goes toward Whitesburg.

“This has been my most important target in the 25 years I’ve been working on it,” Archer said.

The Pine Mountain Trail will eventually run from the Breaks of the Big Sandy at Elkhorn City to Pineville Jellico, TN Pine Mountain Trail Conference president Shad Baker said he was pleased that the KNLT was able to buy the property.

“I think it’s wonderful news for the trail,” Baker said. “It’s all property that the trail runs alongside or through.”

Pine Mountain Trail is part of the larger Great Eastern Trail, a planned 1,800- mile wilderness trace that will run from New York to Alabama, roughly parallel to the Appalachian Trail.

Archer said with the old-growth forests and rare plants, the Pine Mountain Trail will be the “prettiest section in the whole 1,800 miles.”

Pine Mountain is home to at least 100 rare and endangered species of plants, fish and animals, one-seventh of all of the monitored plants and animals in Kentucky, Archer said. Blanton Forest alone, in Harlan County, is “only equaled by one other site in the world, and that’s in China,” he said.

The three preserves created by the new purchases will be called the Linefork Preserve, the Hurricane Gap Preserve, and the Kingdom Come Preserve.


By Sam Adams
The Mountain Eagle

October 19, 2017

We have recently received several inquiries about the Low number of squirrel in the Louisa-Lawrence county area this year so we sent a message to the Ky. Fish and Wildlife Resources center in Frankfort.

 

Ky. F&W,

I have been getting calls to my website (thelevisalazer.com) asking about why there doesn’t seem to be many squirrel in our county this year. Is it related to the Blue Tongue disease in deer?

Also, I would like to have the name and contact info for the Conservation officer for Lawrence County.

Thanks in advance,

Mark

Eastern Grey Squirrel Eastern Grey Squirrel

The following message came back today explaining what the state F&W folks think may be the problem; 

 

Dr. Grayson,

We have also had some reports of locally low squirrel populations in E KY, and some of those were as early as last fall. It’s not unusual to go through highs and lows of small game species like squirrels. There is no known connection between EHD (blue-tongue) in deer and squirrel populations.

At this time, we don’t believe there is reason for great concern, but we will be monitoring the situation. Last fall was exceedingly dry (spurring all the wildfires), and this likely had a negative impact on squirrel survival (drought not the fire). The drought likely aborted hard mast production which is a critical component of a squirrel’s diet in the fall and winter.

For those that survived, their reproductive success was likely adversely affected. So, you can see a multi-year carryover from unfavorable weather conditions. Please don’t hesitate to send any additional questions my way. If you are receiving reports of observations of dead squirrels, then please send them my way as well.

Thanks for the inquiry!

John J. Morgan, Certified Wildlife Biologist
Small Game Program Coordinator
KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
#1 Sportsman's Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601

 

(NOTE: BTW, there is no Conservation Officer stationed in Lawrence County at the present time.)

 

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