HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Henderson is now home to just the second National Wildlife Refuge in the Commonwealth.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially established the Green River National Wildlife Refuge with several high ranking officials on hand, including Senator and Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Senator McConnell says he has been working to establish this refuge since 2002 and he is proud to see it finally come to fruition.
This 10-acre stretch of land will help to emphasize the importance of conservation, and give local residents more hunting and fishing opportunities.
“This is a big deal. We don’t do very many of these. And to get something like this through congress with the senator’s leadership, get it done, and begin to build it out. It’ll be here for future generations and it’ll be phenomenal," said U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.
After working to get to this point for almost two decades, Senator McConnell says he is proud to see it come to fruition.
“Twenty years ago we had none. We were the only state in the union with no federal wildlife refuge. We now have two and this is going to be a great place for fish and wildlife and hunters and anglers. Pretty exciting day for all of us," said Senator McConnell.