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Environmental Center closed through May 1

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Property also damaged by vandals

By The Staff

The LaRue County Environmental Education Center on Leafdale Road and the forest walking trails continue to be closed to visitors while ice storm cleanup is ongoing.

According to Bob Sims, community development director, extensive boundary fence repairs have been completed for cattle exclusion of neighboring cattle.

Sims said he was “very disturbed to find several cuts to the five-strand barb wire fence and four-wheeler tracks were detected while repairs took place ….”

 “I am very frustrated, with all the work and investment that has occurred to offer our citizens a place of casual recreation and of preservation, that a few individuals would show this degree of disrespect of public property,” Sims said. “Violators should now be warned that surveillance will be increased and those caught or suspected of property destruction will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Vandalism can be reported to the sheriff’s department at 358-3120. You do not have to give your name.

Work on the environmental center should be completed by May 1.

The center serves as an outdoor classroom providing educational opportunities in ecology and forest and timber observation.