The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund has provided funding to help purchase a 90-acre tract in Hart County so that it can be preserved. Frenchman's Knob, just northeast of Bonnieville, will eventually be open to the public for hiking, bird watching and educational programs.
The tract got its name from Gilbert LeClerc, a Frenchman who died there in 1788 from wounds suffered in an Indian attack. The area is home to diverse plants and animals, including the endangered Indiana bat and the little brown bat. Both species have been devastated by disease.
The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund has helped to purchase and preserve more than 76,000 acres of land in 63 counties.