The City of Frankfort Commissioners voted to donate 34 acres of forest near the East West Connector to Woods and Waters Land Trust. Part of the original Carpenter Farm, the forest is on an undevelopable section of a commercial tract the city is selling. WWLT thanks the City for its leadership in conservation!
The forest is within a steep ravine and provides habitat that is scarce in this area. The diversity of trees, the stream with rocky ledges and lower slopes with thick banks of ferns make you forget you’re on the edge of a city. In the spring the wildflower diversity is especially gorgeous.
The area provides habitat for Braun’s rockcress. This plant is federally endangered because there are so few populations in the world – and most of these populations are in Franklin County. When a plant is this rare, every group of plants is important.
With this vote and recent deed transfer comes the next step in ensuring this natural area is preserved - managing the forest to keep it healthy. For instance, pest plant control is needed before forest quality is threatened. We have work to do! If you would like to contribute time or funds for the effort, click the donate button or contact us to volunteer!