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Kentucky Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs

Kentucky

Highlighted State Programs

Kentucky

State Policy Framework

Kentucky

Disclaimer

To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

No county-level conservation finance measures have been approved by voters in Kentucky. For more information on municipal measures in the state, visit LandVote.org

Highlighted State Programs

Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund

The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF) was created in 1994 in order to fulfill the funding requirements of the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Act of 1990. Revenue is generated through a portion of the unmined mineral tax, environmental penalties and from the sale of environmental license plates. Revenue is divided among the Nature Preserve Commission, Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, the Division of Forestry, the Department of Parks, and the Wild Rivers Program.

In March 2013, HB 281 was signed into law. It enables non-profit land trust organizations to competitively apply for land acquisition funds from KHLCF. Land trusts are required to provide a 1:1 cash match.

YearAcresDollars
2011 1,673.2 $3,363,436
2010 2,608.1 $3,016,848
2009 1,567.1 $3,838,648
2008 2,483.0 $4,736,471
2007 978.1 $1,783,103
2006 1,367.3 $3,476,085
2005 1,960.5 $1,782,905
2004 4,882.5 $7,346,034
2003 2,901.9 $4,314,219
2002 536.8 $565,242
2001 3,380.7 $5,002,592
2000 37,037.3 $5,444,157
1999 2,323.0 $2,942,492
1998 914.0 $1,165,321
Total64,613.3 $48,777,558

Kentucky Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements

The Kentucky General Assembly established Kentucky’s Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (PACE) in 1994. Initial funding was provided through a $10 million state bond issuance paid by tobacco settlement funds. Once bond proceeds were spent the program received a $400,000 annual appropriation from the state. However, since 2007, the program has received little to no state funding.

PACE gives the state the authority to purchase agricultural conservation easements in order to ensure that lands currently in agricultural use will continue to remain available for agriculture. Donors of conservation easements are eligible to receive federal and state income tax and estate tax benefits.

YearAcresDollars
2007 523.9 $314,368
2006 2,145.1 $1,330,705
2005 1,581.0 $1,416,686
2004 2,685.0 $2,587,083
2003 8,391.8 $7,627,271
2002 2,625.4 $2,516,814
2001 692.3 $86,539
2000 1,482.1 $1,140,295
1999 469.9 $460,732
1998 743.5 $607,608
Total21,340.1 $18,088,104

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

Enable Local Financing

State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.