Marion County Wildlife Management Area Dedication set for Sept. 16
The public is invited to the dedication of the new 1,293-acre Marion County Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and State Forest at 6 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, Sept. 16. The ceremony is being held at the WMA parking lot, located southeast of Lebanon off Siloam Road.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Marion County Fiscal Court — co-owners of the property — will recognize the partners and acknowledge the funding sources that made the new WMA possible.
The property was purchased with money from the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and the Kentucky Fish and Game Fund.
The Heritage Land Conservation Fund receives part of its land acquisition funding from the nature license plate program. The federal aid money is derived from federal excise taxes collected from manufacturers of sporting firearms, ammunition, pistols and archery equipment. Fish and Game Fund money, which comes from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, is derived from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, as well as boat licensing.
The Marion County WMA and State Forest opened for public hunting and use Aug. 21, 2010. The area is currently subject to statewide hunting regulations applicable to Marion County. Boundaries are marked with signs and blazed with yellow paint.
To get to Kentucky’s newest wildlife management area, take U.S. 68 east from Lebanon. Turn right (south) onto Penick-Tatum Loop, right (south) onto Tatum Lane, and then right onto Siloam Road. The parking lot is approximately a ½ mile on the right (west) side of Siloam Road. Visitors will find an information kiosk with a map at the parking lot. Maps are available online at www.fw.ky.gov
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