Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Kentucky


Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

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  • National parks are special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

  • The American Battlefield Protection Program promotes the preservation of historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil.

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  • Certified Local Governments are grass-roots partners in historic preservation. They are eligible to receive grants and technical expertise.

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  • The Federal Lands to Parks program helps states and communities acquire surplus federal land to create new parks and recreation places.

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  • Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives revitalize communities by encouraging private sector rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings.

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  • Land & Water Conservation Fund matching grants help states and communities provide open spaces and healthy recreation places for people.

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  • The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

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  • Preserve America matching grants protect community character and economic vitality through heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation.

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  • RTCA provides expertise and empowers communities to protect their own special places for conservation and outdoor recreation.

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  • Save America’s Treasures matching grants to historic properties and museum collections preserve our nation’s unique, irreplaceable cultural heritage.

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Kentucky Highlights

  • Pine Mountain Settlement School

    Save America's Treasures grant

    Settled on the mountain

    Bledsoe, Kentucky

    Modeled after urban settlements, the Pine Mountain Settlement School was designed to educate disadvantaged children as it strengthened local culture.

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  • The 1897 Jack Mule barn after rehabilitation

    Preservation Tax Credit

    Bright idea on this farm

    Danville, Kentucky

    Historic farm buildings still used for agriculture, and a bed and breakfast joins the operation.

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  • The East Rim Overlook in fall

    National Park Getaway

    Walk the wild frontier

    Kentucky and Tennessee

    Come for an exciting climb or a peaceful hike through miles of scenic gorges and bluffs in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/13.