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Venerable TreesHistory, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass$
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Tom Kimmerer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165660

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165660.001.0001

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The Woodford Groves

The Woodford Groves

The Bluegrass Today

(p.17) 2 The Woodford Groves
Venerable Trees

Tom Kimmerer

University Press of Kentucky

The striking scenery of the Bluegrass—gently rolling pastures with plank fences, elegant estate houses, horses, and woodland pastures of huge, old tree—is unique. The ecological region of the Bluegrass is defined by its deep beds of limestone in the Inner and Outer Bluegrass, and interbedded shale and limestone in the Hills of the Bluegrass. The fractured limestone creates karst topography, which features fractured rock, sinkholes and caves, and rapid drainage of soils and creeks. Extensive woodland pastures grow on karst soils in the Inner Bluegrass and to some degree in the Outer Bluegrass. The Inner Bluegrass is severely threatened by development, which has been slowed by tight land use regulations.

Keywords:   Woodford County, Bluegrass, Inner Bluegrass, karst, limestone, drought

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