This Wednesday is supposed to be really warm a great time to take another hike. This time well be at the Buckeye Trace Preserve located at 6446 Hillside Avenue in Sayler Park. I do have a project in mind there, if you feel really energetic! If not, you can just hike and enjoy the view.
There will be fairly steep hill to climb, but it will be worth it.
The driveway to the property is on the east side of Hillside Avenue a hundred feet or so north of Rockaway. This is a little over a quarter mile north of where Rapid Run Road intersects with Hillside. If you dont want to drive up the driveway, you can park on Rockaway close to Hillside and walk over. Bring plenty of water and wear hiking clothes and shoes. Please call Tim Sisson at 513 922 2104 for additional information.
A lovely buffet, cocktails and the white elephant exchange all added to our Holiday cheer.
President Tim Sisson updated the crowd on all the success this year in land procurement and announced upcoming events including the Wildflower Festival on April 11, 2014.
All in all we had a very successful year preserving and protecting nature in the Western Wildlife Corridor.
Thanks so much to all the many people who helped to make this years party so special. Here are a few highlights:
Place: Voss Preserve
Date: Saturday, November 30
We’ve had a really busy fall, with 8 major habitat restoration projects. If you visit one of our preserves, you will easily see the results many new areas cleared of honeysuckle. Well, wer’e now coming to the end. This Saturday will see the last of our regularly scheduled projects. However, this will not end our work at the preserves. We will continue as weather permits with impromptu Saturday projects and Wednesday morning monitoring hikes. Watch your emails for details!
Our project Saturday will be at a place we just protected last year, the beautiful forested Voss Preserve, located on Bender Road across from Bender Mountain.
Well meet at the gravel parking lot on Bender Road on the south side about a half mile up from Hillside Rd at 9am and work to about noon.
Wear work clothes and work shoes and bring hand tools like a saw or loppers if you have them. Be sure and bring water to drink also. Call Greg at 404 5250 if you have any questions.
Western Wildlife Corridor project
Saturday November 16; 9:00am to about noon
Shady Lane Preserve
Western Wildlife Corridor, is pleased to invite you to our Annual Shady Lane Fall Clean-Up Event. This event will take place on November 16 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Shady Lane Preserve in North Bend, Ohio.
Participants will be involved in removing honeysuckle from the wooded area and picking up trash along the roadsides. All who help with the clean-up work will receive a free pizza lunch at the end of the event. We will furnish work gloves and ask that participants dress appropriately for the weather. Food is being furnished through a community grant from the Miami Heights Civic Association.
Join us at the wide grassy area opposite the house at 3005 Shady Lane, .6 mile from River Road (this is the house that has two deer statues in the front yard). Parking is available on Aston Lakes Dr., which goes off Shady Lane a little bit past 3005 Shady Lane, and on your left as you’re coming from River Road. For more information on the event, contact Tim Sisson at 922 2104 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us for the following projects
-Nov. 16, 9am noon Habitat restoration @ Buckeye Trace, Call Leader John 941 4877 for details
-Nov. 30, 9am noon Habitat restoration @ Voss property, Call Leader Greg 404 5250 for details
Western Wildlife Corridor hike
Wednesday, November 6; 9:30am to about noon
We have a really interesting project planned for our Buckeye Trace preserve this coming Wednesday designing a new trail. John Klein, or trail design guru, is studying the map of the preserve right now to pick out the most promising route. Wednesday well push our way through the trackless wilderness to see which route will work. Of course therell be honeysuckle to whack when it gets in our way J
Well meet at Buckeye Trace which is located at 6446 Hillside Avenue in Sayler Park. The driveway to the property is on the east side of Hillside Avenue a hundred feet or so north of Rockaway (theres an address sign on a tree next to the driveway now). This is a little over a quarter mile north of where Rapid Run Road intersects with Hillside . If you dont want to go up the driveway, you can park on Rockaway close to Hillside and walk over.
Bring plenty of water and wear hiking clothes and shoes. Please call me at 513 922 2104 for additional information.
Western Wildlife Corridor monitoring hike
Place: Bender Mountain
Date: Wednesday, October 30
Even though the weather again looks a little iffy for a hike (but not as much as last week) , Im going to try for one at Bender Mt. If we can do it, the fall color should be good.
Well meet at the gravel parking lot on Bender Road on the right side about a half mile up from Hillside Rd at 9:30am and hike to 11 or 12. We will do a loop in a really splendid forest (hill to climb). A group of students from the College will be joining us to help cut honeysuckle along the ridge top.
Please call me at 513 922 2104 for additional information.
Heres the calendar of scheduled events coming up this fall. I hope you can join us for some of them.
Nov. 2, 9am noon Habitat restoration @ our new Sisters Hill property at Hillside Avenue. Leader Greg 404 5250
Nov. 16, 9am noon Habitat restoration @ Buckeye Trace, Leader John 941 4877
Nov. 30, 9am noon Habitat restoration @ Voss property, Leader Greg 404 5250
Western Wildlife Corridor has a different kind of habitat restoration project this Sunday, October 27. It will be at Caesars Creek State Park.
The people who have helped us clear honeysuckle from the Shady Lane Preserve are doing this project so now we are returning the favor. We will meet at the parking lot in front of McCabes at 8:30am to carpool up there. Well work to about noon, when we will be treated to lunch.
This is going to be one of our good old fashioned whack the honeysuckle projects.
For it, bring work gloves, wear work clothes and work shoes. Please call me at
513 922 2104 for additional information.
The project will be at the gorge below the dam which is really a nice place to visit. While we’re there we will get the opportunity to see what it’s like. Here
are the directions if you want to drive up there yourself.
I-71 N to Wilmington Rd, take first left onto Olive Branch (crossing over I-71),
take the first right onto Jeffrey-Lincoln Rd (county rd 268), at first stop sign take
Oregonia Rd; jog right and then jog left onto Clarksville Rd (CR 37), follow
across dam, turn left at gorge sign, at bottom veer right and park near Gorge
Shelter. We hope to see you there!
With your generosity we are growing each year. Here is an updated map of the WWC’s properties.
Place: Bender Mountain
Date: Wednesday, October 23rd
The weather Wednesday looks a little iffy for a hike, but I’m going to try for one anyway. If the rain holds off, there will be some nice fall color to see in the leaves. We’ll meet at the gravel parking lot on Bender Road on the right side about a half mile up from Hillside Rd at 9:30am and hike to 11 or 12. We will do a loop in a really splendid forest (hill to climb). Of course, as usual, we’ll cut any honeysuckle that get in our way. Please call me (Tim) at 513.922.2104 for additional information.
Place: Bender Mountain
Date: Tuesday, August 13
We’re going to do a different kind of project this week on Bender Mountain – we’re going to design a trail! On our map and new sign we show a “Bender Valley” trail that runs between the Eagle Scout trail and the North Paw Paw Gap trail. Right now this consists of a couple of stretches of deer trail and the start of a hiking trail, but they’re not connected into a real trail. This coming Tuesday, August 13, we’ll hike along the slope and explore where it would be best to route a trail. We will meet at the gravel parking lot on Bender Road on the right side about a half mile up from Hillside Avenue at 9:30am and hike for two hours or so. Wear work clothes and work shoes and be sure and bring water to drink.
Give Tim a call at 513.922.2104 with questions.
This Tuesday, June 11th, from 9:30 to noon, we will have our next monitoring hike at Story Woods. A lot of wildflowers are starting to appear here because we have cleared out the garlic mustard and honeysuckle. Well, those wildflowers are threatened by Honeysuckle saplings that are trying to sneak back in. The work will not be very strenuous – there won’t be any steep hills to climb. So if you’d like to see a nice forest and work a bit to keep it that way, please join us if at all possible this Tuesday at 9:30am.
We will meet at the Story Woods parking lot. To get there, go out Rapid Run road and turn south on Pontius. If you’re coming from the direction of downtown Cincinnati, turn left on Pontius; if you’re coming from the direction of Saylor Park, turn right. The driveway to Story Woods is on the left a short distance from Rapid Run.
Bring work gloves, plenty of water, wear work clothes and shoes. Please call Tim @ 513.922.2104 for additional information.
We have one more project scheduled this spring, on Saturday, June 15 at the Buckeye Trace Preserve. This will be your chance to see this newest preserve, just purchased by WWC in March.
Western Wild like Corridor President Tim Sisson spied a bellwort (uvalaria grandiflora) on a recent hike. He remarked, “Hopefully it will be blooming next year. I can’t remember seeing it in the corridor before.”
And then there’s the fawn that I almost stepped on as I was pulling garlic mustard. It ran off, but not too far, so I could get a picture. This almost looks like the north woods because of all the cedars. This picture was also taken in the rocky area on top of the mountain above the start of the Eagle Scout Trail.”
Western Wildlife Corridor President! Tim Sisson reports: “Yesterday I found a couple of new plants I didn’t know were on Bender Mountain and I saw a familiar sight (a fawn) that I always enjoy. The false indigo bush (amorpha fruticosa) is growing close to the small bridge at the start of the Eagle Scout Trail. It grows next to streams and is competing successfully with the honeysuckle. Hopefully it will give us an alternative to honeysuckle along the creek. The wild rose is probably a pasture rose (rosa carolina) is found it in the rocky area on top of the mountain directly above the start of the Eagle Scout Trail.”
“The Earth laughs in flowers.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Join our celebration of Spring as WWC presents the 9th annual Flower-a-thon on Saturday, April 27th. This years “wildflower quest” includes a flexible menu of nature walks, food and fun for the whole family. Our veteran wildflower enthusiasts will guide you to woodland sites adrift with native species including Shooting star, Drooping trillium, Blue-eyed Mary and many others. This is also an excellent opportunity for you to see some of the many WWC nature preserves.
Join us at 8 a.m. for a Panera bagel breakfast at Embshoff Park and a wildflower walk. We will be then taking wildflower hunting walks at other locations iincluding our beautiful Delshire Preserve. A 1 p.m. walk on “Bender Mountain” trail will give you an opportunity to observe, not only beautiful native wildflowers, but also panaoramic views of the Ohio River Valley and Kentucky hillsides. After meeting on Bender Road, we will also hike at other great locations in the afternoon.
To round out the day please join us at EarthConnection, on the campus of Mount St. Joseph College, at 5 p.m. to enjoy a lasagna buffet . A wildflower presentation will be given by Denis Conover, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you on April 27th!
A $15 fee pays for the breakfast and the evening dinner.
This is our biggest fund raiser of the year! Donations will enable us to continue our important mission to purchase, preserve and protect precious hillside habitat along the Ohio River now, and for future generations. For more information on this event (e.g., reservations, donations and accessibility) please call: 513-922-2104.
For more information on our WWC mission, project
s and activities please visit our website: www.westernwildlifecorridor.org
Here is a pictorial account of nature loving families enjoying flowers, food and fun at the Western Wildlife Corridors Wildflower Festival on April 6th at the College of Mount Saint Joseph on the Ohio.