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The Keith MacAdam Endowment for the Kentucky Nature Preserves was established in 2018 in memory of Dr. Keith MacAdam (pictured with wife, Phyllis, below) through the Blue Grass Community Foundation.  The endowment fund generates money exclusively for the management of trails on state natural areas. 

The KNP system includes over 60 nature preserves, from the 3,000-acre Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve in Harlan County, the Commonwealth's largest old-growth forest, to the 40-acre Logan County Glades State Nature Preserve in Russellville.  KNP is also involved with another 80 natural areas through its management of the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund program. There are over a hundred miles of hiking trails in the system for passive recreation. 

Keith and Phyllis MacAdam by Sall HJorowitzThe Keith MacAdam Endowment has been used to create and maintain trails on Tom Dorman State Nature Preserve, Crooked Creek Barrens State Nature Preserve, Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve, and Bad Branch State Nature Preserve, among many others.  For information on natural areas with hiking trails, visit our Locations page. 


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