Lost River Cave’s restoration project expands focus to butterfly habitat

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Like many recreational areas, Lost River Cave is temporarily closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. But employees have been hard at work on a restoration project on the grounds around the cave. Now, the restoration work is expanding its focus.

It’s a restoration project of the Charlie Miller Butterfly Habitat. And as Delaney Rockrohr-Eaton says the project will give the butterflies healthier plants to feed on as well as soil that has more nutrients for the plants that grow in them.

And you might think an abnormally wet spring would hamper the work in the butterfly habitat. But that’s not the case here, Rockrohr-Eaton says the added soil moisture makes it easier to remove weeds and it’s good for the newly-planted roots.

A dirty, sometimes muddy project will result in healthy, colorful butterflies.