CLERMONT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Every time Benita Bush goes to a certain part of Bullitt County, she thinks of her dad.

"I can feel his presence. It's just really neat," she said.

Raymond Thurman loved his land. Before he passed away at close to 94, he wanted all 162 acres to end up in the right hands. His family believes it did. 

"For my dad, it was something that he just felt was right to do," Bush said.

In front of a crowd, with some tears and a lot of pictures taken, Bernheim Forest announced it bought the land from the family. 

As of Thursday, it's appropriately known as Thurman Tract. Plans for it are already in motion.

"We will improve the habitat into forests and wetlands," said Bernheim Executive Director Dr. Mark Wourms.

In turn, it will protect waterways like Wilson Creek.

"Which is so vital to clean water throughout the region," Wourms said.

It will also help wildlife, like Golden Eagles and Bats.

"We're helping to protect bat species that are in great decline in the eastern part of the United States," Wourms said.

For Benita, it's part of her father's legacy.

"His great grandchildren can come up here and see where it all started," Bush said.

It will also allow the next generation to learn how fun the great outdoors can be. 

Special tours will be offered in the spring and fall.

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