Griffith Woods contains the best known remnant of the unique and fascinating bluegrass savanna-woodland and other vegetation that once covered this region before the pioneer area. The savanna is characterized by scattered, large trees and undergrowth with course grasses such as wild rye and running buffalo clover. Dominant species include blue ash, chinquapin oak, bur oak, hickories and black walnut, and many of the trees are more than 300 years old. In fact, the world's largest chinquapin oak is found at Griffith Woods.
Image of chinquapin oak
Owned by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, this site has hundreds of acres, providing an extraordinary opportunity for education and enjoyment, as well as for researchers to study and develop ecological restoration models. Native plants propagated at the sitehave been used to restore the woods and other areas within the Central Kentucky region.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR WORKDAYS
We will look at a variety of woods and fields across this 745 acre farm, which offers the best opportunity to restore something like the original woodland of our central Bluegrass region. For background on this woodland, see Julian's website by clicking HERE.
We will usually be pulling and cutting invasive plants or planting trees, so bring work gloves and tools if you have them: loppers, handsaws, shovels.
Wear comfortable, durable clothes.
WE ALWAYS NEED HELP PULLING INVASIVE PLANTS, SO VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!
Call Julian Campbell at (859) 229-7711
VISION: Griffith Woods contains the best known remnant of the unique and fascinating bluegrass savanna-woodland ecosystem that once covered this region before the pioneer area. This exceptional oak/ash savanna is characterized by scattered, large trees and undergrowth of course grasses such as cane and running buffalo clover. Dominant species include blue ash, chinquapin oak and shagbark hickory, and many of the trees are more than 300 years old. In fact, the nation's largest chinquapin oak is found at Griffith Woods.
Owned and managed by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, this 745 acre protected site still provides an extraordinary opportunity for researchers to study and develop ecological restoration models. Native plants propagated at the site have been used to restore the woods and other areas within the Central Kentucky region.
The property is currently closed to the public except by appointment. The Friends of Griffith Woods has offered educational opportunities for school groups and the public, including trail walks and workshops to inform the public about native vegetation. Visitors learn how to identify different species and how to apply this knowledge to their own gardens.
The Friends of Griffith Woods have raised and planted hundreds of trees on site, most of them from seed gathered on the property. Some of the overstock seedlings have been used for restoration and streambank improvement projects in the region.
One of the key purposes of the Friends of Griffith is to restore most of the property so that the plant species onsite are those that would have been likely to be onsite before Europeans began altering the landscape. To achieve this, the Friends have been cooperating with the owners and managers of the site.
Towards this purpose, the Friends of Griffith Woods operate a nursery onsite and coordinate volunteers for exotic plant removal and other restoration work.
If you want to volunteer to assist with the nursery or join the oversight committee, e-mail Friends of Griffith Woods.
In addition to providing plants for landscape restoration at Griffith Woods, the Friends have a limited supply of plants to sell. Check for sale dates under Upcoming Events. Other funding comes from contract growing for other conservation projects, and grants.
The Friends of Griffith Woods is a non-profit organization formed to support the activities at Griffith Woods. Membership includes a members-only newsletter and invitations to special events. Volunteer opportunities are also available to help carry out our mission. Click here for a printable membership form that can be filled out and mailed along with your check.
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