After an inspection found several hundred feet of sunken track in 2019, the Big South Fork Scenic Railway temporarily shut down. This not only disappointed riders but impacted the region’s tourism dollars. Now, with funding and design work from Kentucky’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, it’s full steam ahead.
the Division of Oil and Gas (DOG) had identified and overseen the plugging of 18 wells on a wildlife area that had been closed to the public.
Due to this, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will soon make available for public recreation more than 500 acres in the Rockcastle River Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
Three Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot program grants will soon ease many of the challenges eastern Kentuckians face to receive advanced medical care.
The projects will have an immediate impact on families locally and in the surrounding region. The economic boost will not only create jobs, but it will remove the barriers to quality health care, which too many eastern Kentuckians face.