Mount Washington property part of expansive plan to preserve Floyds Fork area

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By Mary Barczak

MOUNT WASHINGTON--The Future Fund Endowment added another big piece to their Parklands pie last week.

Steve Henry, president of the organization that is working to preserve land along Floyds Fork, purchased 50 acres from MillaNova Winery in Mount Washington for $730,000.

Owners of the venue, John and Donna Miller, also donated 20 acres to the effort.

The parties had been in negotiations for about two years now.

The Millers said they weren’t planning to do anything with the land and were glad to support the project which started in 1993 to preserve Flyods Fork Watershed.

“We think it’s a great project and that it will bring a lot of tourism to Bullitt County,” said John Miller.

The overall goal, Henry said, is to turn the land, 10,000 acres, into a nature preserve. So far he has been able to acquire about 7,500 acres through different avenues with about 1,000 being in Bullitt County.

 The preserve will stretch from southeast Jefferson County to northeast Bullitt County.

“What we want to do is own it and protect it,” Henry said.

Henry, who grew up in western Kentucky, said he began work on this project because he noticed there was too many houses being built and not enough parks.

“The government wasn’t committed to doing it,” he said. So he took it upon himself along with Louisville media mogul Mary Bingham to leave something for future generations to enjoy.

Once completed, the Parklands of Floyds Fork will be a series of trails and parks.

Henry said the conservation will be very important to both human and wildlife in the future.

“Part of what we are doing is to protect the wildlife, but also to make sure we have enough nature so that one day when all the cities meet there will be a small strip of nature along 44,” he said.

The organization is also looking to add land next to the Girl Scout camp.

Henry anticipates the Bullitt County part of the park, as a lot of the land is is not developed, will be the most “pristine”  and scenic though with its bluffs and waterfalls.

“It will be the nature quarter,” he said.