Western Wildlife Corridor Newsletter for Summer 2002
Wildlife Corridor’s 10th anniversary celebration was held
on Friday evening, April 26th , at EarthConnection. It was
a perfect April evening in the most extraordinary surroundings of the
energy-efficient EarthConnection building.
Some people ate dinner (provided by WWC) and drank out of their
commemorative WWC mugs outside before they returned indoors to listen
to the speakers. Sr. Judith Metz, SC, spoke about the history of the
Sisters of Charity in Delhi. WWC
Board Members Dee Sizler, Ron Kruse, Tim Sisson, and WWC staff member
Cheryl Reinke Peck spoke to the crowd of about sixty-five people about
the Western Wildlife Corridor’s current activities and plans for the
It was a wonderful evening capped off by full moon
and a walk down Sister’s Hill led by Dan Boone, a former WWC Board
Member. Dan and other former Board Members, Mike Maio, Jeff Kirschner,
Bill Reichling, and Steve Albert, were thanked for their efforts in
supporting the Western Wildlife Corridor.
Clare Johnson, of the Citizen’s Land Conservancy
of Hamilton County, was “inspired” and Jack Sutton, Deputy
Director of the Hamilton County Park District, asked everyone to vote
for the park levy on May 6th .
Many thanks to the WWC members and friends in
attendance for supporting the Western Wildlife Corridor. And may the experiences of the last ten years make the
second decade even better!
INTERDEPENDENCE WITH THE NATURAL WORLD
number of years ago a scientist told me that global warming would not just
cause a heating of the planet but a greater vacillation of temperatures.
The Earth will lose some of its capacity to sustain the same wind flows
since they are so dependent upon hot and cold.
Temperatures will fluctuate more and there will be more droughts, more
violent windstorms, etc.
was talking to another person a few weeks ago who said that he believed
science will be able to rectify any mistakes we humans might make on the
It is hard for our minds to comprehend the enormity of global warming and other issues that are so big. For many just ignoring it seems easiest. For others to believe that we can correct any mistakes we make makes them feel safe. I believe our human survival is going to depend on our accepting that we are interdependent with this planet. We need to realize that we can seriously damage this planet, possibly to the point where the human species will not have what it needs to survive – soils to grow food, clean air, clean water, protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, etc. Only one of these need to not sustain us for the species to cease to exist. We need to take ourselves seriously.
the things we need to look at are our woods.
They help cleanse the water in rain time, slows runoff which controls
soil erosion, help cleanse and cool the air and absorb carbon monoxide and
release oxygen to the air.
Western Wildlife Corridor is a critical wooded area along a large metropolitan
area. It is an area that we need
to protect. It needs to be
protected for these immediate reasons, but also because of the global affect
it has. Some people see wooded
areas around the Planet as the lungs of the Earth.
is hard for our minds to grasp this. It
is like the difficulty of seeing how driving my car can effect global warming.
It seems so small and insignificant.
By itself it is. Add it to
the actions of 6 billion other people and it can and does have serious effects
planet wide. Just that number of
people is hard to comprehend much less the accumulations of their actions.
What is easier to understand is preserving the Western Wildlife Corridor because of the beauty and wonder of these wooded areas, and its provision of homes for other than human species. Those are reasons enough. But in reality, it is so much more. We need these woods. We are interdependent.
WWC Land/Stewardship Committee Update By Tim Sisson
Land/Stewardship Committee has been very busy the last several months.
Here is a brief description of what we’ve accomplished.
inspections. All of WWC’s properties have been visited and inspection
reports have been written. Findings
ranged from superlative to the abysmal.
the superlative side were several properties that are beautiful examples of
the type of natural wooded hillsides that WWC is seeking to preserve.
The Delshire Preserve in Delhi Township was a mass of wildflowers on
the spring day we visited. In addition, this preserve is home to some magnificent trees
that go back to pioneer days. One
in particular, a Burr Oak, is estimated to be over two hundred years old (see
below). Some of the
properties on Sister’s Hill and in Addyston are graced by some exceptional
the abysmal side were the properties that are almost totally covered with Amur
honeysuckle. If you haven’t
seen this phenomenon up close, suffice it to say that very little grows on the
forest floor when you have a mass of honeysuckle branches and leaves blocking
out the sunlight. We also found
that illegal dumping had occurred on two of our properties.
In the two instances where dumping had occurred, it
was decided to do something about it – clean it up!
property had somehow become littered with all kinds of BIG stuff, like old
broken highway orange barrels, large sheets of metal, broken signs, and tires.
In addition, there was the usual assortment of broken bottles, paper,
and cans. On June 8, a group of
us descended on the property to get rid of this stuff.
Members of WWC who participated in the cleanup effort included Bob
Nienaber, Don Patrick, Tim Sisson, Bob Neal, Ray Ulrich (who is also a
neighbor of the property), and our WWC staff member Cheryl Reinke Peck.
In addition, several members of the Sierra Club, Beverly Sharp, Robert
Thomas, Mary Jo Wuest Murphy and Don Nagel helped out.
This was a “service outing” for the Sierra Club – an event where
their members help another organization with an environmental activity. At the end of the day, one could walk the property and not
see any litter – a big accomplishment.
Thanks very much to all who helped out.
other cleanup involves the removal of yard waste at the Delshire Preserve,
which has been scheduled for Saturday, July 20th. Delshire neighbors, Diana and Richard Veid, have volunteered
to rent a chipper and another neighbor, John Lewinski, is going to see if the
Boy Scouts can help. In
addition, Bob Nienaber is researching the best way to remove the Amur
Honeysuckle that is beginning to make inroads on the property.
is shaping up to be a rewarding, enjoyable day that will address the heart of
the stewardship problems that can occur with property as well as promote and
raise support for our organization. Call
Cheryl Reinke Peck at 921-9453 for more information and details and – please
join us on July 20th!