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Natural Communities of Kentucky

This page and the associated pages/links are currently under construction.

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission monitors exemplary occurances of the following ecological communities.  Exemplary ecological communities are relatively undisturbed or have recovered sufficiently from previous disturbances and have the flora and fauna that represents, to the best of our knowledge, the ecological communities that existed in Kentucky at the time of European colonization.  This classification was last updated May 2009.  


Terrestrial Communities

Tygarts Forest, Carter County 

Wetland Communities

photo by Thomas G. Barnes from Kentucky, Naturally book