Bluegrass Land Conservancy


Bluegrass Land Conservancy (BLC) is a nationally-accredited land trust that works with landowners to protect land in the greater Bluegrass Region of Kentucky through permanent conservation easements for current and future generations.

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.

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Address: 380 South Mill Street, Suite 205
Lexington, KY 40508
Website: http://www.bluegrasslandconservancy.org
Matching Fund Source: Friends of BLC
Email: asamples@bluegrassconservancy.org
Phone Number: 859-255-4552
Did you know, on average, it costs Bluegrass Land Conservancy (BLC) $25,000 to protect and steward a farm here in the Bluegrass? BLC has partnered with 119 families to permanently protect more than 25,000 acres of prime farmland and natural resources for current and future generations. BLC protects and stewards every property in our portfolio in perpetuity - and we consider the conservation value to our community and future generations to be well worth the price tag. But our goal to increase the pace of conservation while maintaining the level of excellence we have achieved, as the first nationally-accredited land trust in the state of Kentucky, is dependent on the generosity of BLC supporters.

In addition to the active land protection projects currently underway, this summer, BLC provided free, family-friendly programs promoting the importance of healthy waterways and the impact of our interactions with the environment. Two of these programs were hosted on BLC-protected properties along separate stretches of the North Elkhorn Creek.

In Scott County, BLC partnered with Bluegrass Greensource for the 4th year in a row, hosting 14 volunteers, who helped clean-up about a one mile stretch of North Elkhorn Creek, which runs along BLC-protected Riddle Farm. Dr. Amanda A. Gumbert of UK joined the group to talk about the importance of our collective impact on water quality.

KY Division of Water joined BLC for our 2nd summer of splish splashin' fun at BLC-protected Kenan Farm, in Fayette County, where kids got to flip over rocks and poke around through vegetation along the North Elkhorn Creek. Showing kids just how much life there is in our waterways and sharing this firsthand experience helps our community's next generation understand the importance of protecting our freshwater resources.

A gift through the GoodGiving Challenge is a generous approach to taking action on your commitment to land and natural resource protection. Your support goes directly to mission-critical needs, including, the ongoing stewardship obligations of BLC, current and future land protection outreach and projects, and education efforts on the lasting benefits of land conservation.
Volunteers:
- creek and trail clean-ups
- office help for proofreading, mailings, and light management assistance (filing, shredding, and phones)
- event help for set-up, guest check-in, and breakdown (annual Lexington event in April, Louisville event in Sept/Oct)

In-Kind:
- photography services
- graphic design services
- printing services
- flower/décor services for events
- live music for events
- auction items (silent and live)
- GIS and mapping services