This 193-acre preserve in Calloway County protects an example of the globally imperiled coastal plain forested acid seep natural community type. This community is found where water continually percolates through sands and gravels at the base of dry, hardwood-dominated slopes, and above more extensive wet to mesic bottomland hardwood forests which lie along the Blood River. Rare species known to occur along the Blood River include the gray bat, central mudminnow, western mud snake, three lined salamander, threadleaf mock bishop–weed, sweetscent ladies’ tresses and Nuttall’s oak. From the endemic populations of the Blood River crayfish to large nesting populations of great blue herons, the area’s seeps, swamps, sloughs and streambeds are unmatched in Kentucky, supporting one of the most biologically rich areas in the state.
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