The Environment: Daniel Boone's River

It is no wonder that Kentucky's Red River Gorge, a 15-mile stretch of primeval beauty bordered by 600-ft. limestone cliffs, is known as the Grand Canyon of the East. Daniel Boone is supposed to have holed up there, and the surrounding national forest bears his name. Carved out of the Cumberland Plateau, it is an almost otherworldly wonderland of castle rock formations, soaring pinnacles and natural arches. It is also a refuge for some 50 species of mammals and 275 species of birds.

Had the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had its way, the Red River Gorge would now be earmarked...

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