FRANKFORT — Landowners, business partners and Natural Resources Conservation Service conservationists were recently honored by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for their wildlife habitat restoration efforts.
“Each year, we recognize individuals and groups in each of the five wildlife regions based on their habitat management work, community outreach, and recreational opportunities,” said Wildlife Division Director Karen Waldrop.
Among the regional winners were Herb Davis Sr. of Dunnville in Casey County and Cumberland Woodlands Inc. of Stanford in Lincoln County.
Davis manages 956 acres in Casey and Taylor counties for deer, turkey, waterfowl and small game. He has completed more than 150 acres of timber stand improvement; planted more than 125 acres of native grasses; created several shallow water wetlands; and has used controlled burning to manage open lands. Davis is seen as a conservation leader by many in the community. He was nominated by Wildlife Biologist Chris Mason.
Cumberland Woodlands Inc. manages multiple properties totaling more than 10,000 acres across southeastern Kentucky.
The business emphasizes forestland improvement. Its 1,500-acre Cumberland County property serves as a hunting lease for Hope for Heroes, a group which helps disabled veterans get back into the outdoors. The business was nominated by Mason.