Mission & History

Bluegrass Conservancy and Limestone Land Trust merged in 2016 to become Bluegrass Land Conservancy (BLC), the largest accredited land trust in the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Read Bluegrass Land Conservancy’s informational materials to learn more about the organization.

 

Mission

Bluegrass Land Conservancy protects land in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region through permanent conservation easements.

We do this through education and by promoting the preservation of land for agriculture, historic and cultural heritage, wildlife habitat, natural resources, water quality, and scenic open space, in order to sustain a high quality of life.

Vision

Bluegrass Land Conservancy envisions a thriving community where land is protected to sustain our identity, economy, and quality of life.

We seek to ensure a future where the region’s distinctive soils, cultural heritage, scenic vistas, natural resources, and farms are preserved forever.

How we work

As a nationally accredited, community supported, 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust, we work on a voluntary basis with landowners, community groups, and municipalities to encourage the preservation of land for agricultural viability, natural habitat, rural heritage, and scenic open space. Landowners or community groups contact us and we work with them on an individual and confidential basis to explore if conservation is right for them.

Impact

Since 1998 we have protected…

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95 Miles of Rivers & Streams

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21,600 Acres of prime farmland soils and soils of statewide importance

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63 Farms that contain historic sites

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10.29 Miles of scenic byway frontage

Accredited Land Trust seal“1st Accredited Land Trust in Kentucky”

Land trust accreditation is a mark of distinction, showing that a land trust meets high standards for land conservation. In 2012, Bluegrass Land Conservancy became the first land trust in Kentucky to receive the distinction of Accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Bluegrass Land Conservancy has protected over 27,000 acres on 129 farms across the greater Bluegrass region.

 

 

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Our Key Values

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Farmland & Fresh Food

Farming in the Bluegrass is a big deal. Across our state we have over 77,000 farms and 135 Kentucky Farmers Markets, generating more than $5 billion in annual revenue — with a lion’s share of these statistics* happening throughout the Bluegrass region. It only takes one trip to your local Farmers Market to taste the difference that will keep you coming back for more of that homegrown Bluegrass goodness.

*NASS and USDA

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Working Family Farms

Kentucky is the 8th largest cattle-producing state in the U.S., and the largest one East of the Mississippi River. In addition to cattle raised for beef, Kentucky has 78,000 milking cows that produce approximately 135 million gallons of milk each year.* With popular slogans asking, “Where’s the beef?” and letting us know, “milk, it does a body good.” It is easy to understand how the cattle industry contributes millions of dollars to Kentucky’s economy each year.

*Fayette Alliance

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Wildlife Habitat & Natural Resources

Every plant and animal require a certain environment, unique to their needs. Whether it’s in woodlands, tall grasses, or creeks, rivers, and streams, the environment required for our local wildlife to thrive and reproduce is called their habitat. When habitats are broken up, plant and animal populations suffer. When habitats are preserved, we are ensuring our ability to fish, hunt, and enjoy the natural environment and local plants and animals for years to come.

 

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Iconic Landscapes

The Horse Capital of the World. It’s a distinction we wear with pride here in the Bluegrass. Imagine a spring or fall without hearing the call to post from Keeneland’s grandstand. Or, envision a drive through the countryside without seeing the majestic horse farms that serve as the ambassadors for our idyllic Bluegrass landscape. As Conservancy board member, Brutus Clay, succinctly points out, “The Bluegrass region is world renowned for its rolling hills and horses. As a community, we must celebrate and protect what differentiates us from the rest of the world.”

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Cultural, Scenic, & Historic Resources

The greater Bluegrass Region is steeped in rich history that defines the character of this area. From the Civil War battlefields to the origins of the equine industry, much of that history lies in farmland that has been passed down and cared for within families for generations. Our region’s heritage is protected and traditions are honored when we preserve these historic farms and structures for future generations.

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Clean Waterways

Protecting the waterways in the greater Bluegrass Region equates to a healthier future for us all. Clean creeks, streams, and rivers are some of our most important and irreplaceable assets, contributing to our quality of life here in Kentucky. Protecting these waterways benefits residents, visitors, and neighbors of the Bluegrass.