The National Park Service has approved a historical designation for a section of rural land in western Clark County following a year-long dispute with several property owners in the area.
About 10,700 acres along the upper reaches of Boone Creek have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Park Service announced last week.
The designation seeks to protect historically significant land from any detrimental effects associated with federally-funded projects. Officials
must consider the listing when determining a project's scope.
Supporters said it will not restrict land use, but will offer protection against projects such as power lines or highways. Restoration work in historical districts is also eligible for tax credits.
Still, about half a dozen landowners have been fighting the nomination in Fayette Circuit Court since November 2008. Opponents have alleged procedural flaws in the nomination process and argue that the designation would infringe on property rights.