Dedicated into the preserve system on Dec. 8, 2004, management of this site is shared between the Livingston County Fiscal Court, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) and the commission. The Livingston County Fiscal Court owns the property and agreed to dedicate the 563 acres they purchased along the Cumberland River in central Livingston County. It contains at least seven natural communities, including steep forested bluffs on both limestone and sandstone, mesic ravine forest, bottomland hardwood forest, bald cypress slough and riparian forest. Although most of the forested areas are second growth, a small area of very mature mesic forest occurs in one of the ravines within the site, and a portion of the bottomland hardwood forest is also quite mature. A great blue heron (Ardea herodias) rookery is located within the bottomlands along Bissell Creek, which is a slow, meandering tributary of the lower Cumberland River. Once facilities are completed, the area will be open for hiking, nature study and wildlife-related recreation, including hunting and fishing in accordance with regulations established by KDFWR.
Visit KDFWR's Livingston County Wildlife Management Area and State Natural Area - Bissell Bluff page.