• U.N. Report on the Future of Biodiversity - June General Membership Meeting

    Ruth Bamberger, recent Legislative Chair of the Sierra Club Cumberland Chapter, will serve as our moderator for a discussion of Human Numbness and Doomsday Environmental Reports. In early May, the U.N. Report on the Future of Biodiversity was published announcing that one million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction. So many studies (many reputable) on climate change, endangered species, population growth and environmental degradation have flooded the channels of information that our brains grow numb to their contents. The U.N. report is different and Ruth will attempt to point our its major conclusions and their impact on our economy, food security, health and our very livelihood. Best of all, she will invite all brave souls attending this program to air their thoughts on how we can use this report to make practical changes in our lives and communities. Some thought provoking questions will be provided by the moderator to get the discussion going and it is hoped that we all leave a little less numbed AND more hopeful! Come early 6:30 for food (optional) and chat. At 7:00 the meeting will begin.

  • Spring Trail Service #2 at Morning View Heritage Area (Rescheduled)

    Morning View Heritage Area

    NKY Group began trail-building at Morning View Heritage Area in fall 2016. This is a new 213-acre nature preserve in SE Kenton County, just west of the Licking River, with a gravel parking lot just south of 15168 Decoursey Pike (KY-177) in Morning View KY 40163. The preserve is about 1/2 mile south on 177 from the KY-14 intersection where the Morning View Post Office is. The gravel parking lot has 2 entrances on the WEST side of 177 - the opposite side from the railroad track. Enter the lot and park facing a wood fence with a restored black barn behind it. We’ll finish tending the older trails, then veer onto the new trail. We’ll trim its earlier sections then begin clearing recently scouted extentions along the ridge. When done, the new trail will be a 1+mile loop hike between the creek and the south ridge. Expect to cover over 3 miles in upto 4 hours in woods, fields, hills and stream valleys, with climbs & descents upto 190’ each. We’ll carry light tools as we hike, working and walking at a moderate-to-light pace. NKY Group has tools for upto 5, so bring extras if you can, like clippers, weed whips, loppers, small saws, rakes. Wear long sleeve tops and pants to protect against thorns. Wear work gloves and sturdy shoes with good treads. Bring your own liquid and snacks. All must sign Sierra Club’s liability waiver and acknowledgement of self-risk. A parent or legal guardian must sign for unaccompanied minors who are at least 13 yrs old. No restrooms. Dogs are not allowed. Trails can be muddy, slippery or tricky. We will be upto an hour hike from our cars. Register here at our Meetup, or call, text or email me your name and personal phone # by 7pm Friday the day before. I'll post here and send email or phone messages by 8am Saturday if postponed or cancelled. Leader: John Robbins -[masked] (voice or text) - [masked]

  • Spring Trail Service #1 at Morning View Heritage Area

    Morning View Heritage Area

    NKY Group began trail-building and trail service at Morning View Heritage Area in fall 2016. This is a new 213-acre nature preserve in SE Kenton County, just west of the Licking River, with a gravel parking lot just south of 15168 Decoursey Pike (KY-177) in Morning View KY 40163. The preserve is about 1/2 mile south on 177 from the KY-14 intersection where the Morning View Post Office is. The gravel parking lot has 2 entrances on the WEST side of 177 - the opposite side from the railroad track. Enter the lot and park facing a wood fence with a restored black barn behind it. For this rescheduled trail work outing (since rain cancelled 2 prior dates) we’ll focus on older trails, doing routine trail upkeep as needed. Only if time permits will we tend our newest trail which climbs into the southern sections of the woods and eventually reaches a scenic ridge. Expect to cover upto 3 miles in upto 4 hours, carrying light tools, working and walking at a moderate-to-light pace. NKY Group has tools for upto 5, so bring extras if you can, like clippers, weed whips, loppers, small saws, rakes. Wear long sleeve tops and pants to protect against thorns. Wear work gloves and sturdy shoes with good treads. Bring your own liquid and snacks. All must sign Sierra Club’s liability waiver and acknowledgement of self-risk. A parent or legal guardian must sign for unaccompanied minors who are at least 13 yrs old. No restrooms. Dogs are not allowed. Trails can be muddy, slippery or tricky. We will be upto an hour hike from our cars. Register here at our Meetup, or call, text or email me your name and personal phone # by 7pm Friday the day before. I'll post here and send email or phone messages by 8am Saturday if postponed or cancelled. Leader: John Robbins -[masked] (voice or text) - [masked]

  • FIELD TRIP TO RUMPKE LANDFILL - May General Meeting

    Rumpke Sanitary Landfill

    Where does your trash go? It doesn’t go away! It goes somewhere! Our May program features a guided tour of the RUMPKE LANDFILL in Colerain Township, 3800 Struble Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251. The tour (on a bus) begins promptly at 6:00 and is about 60 minutes. The bus accommodates only 21, so you will need to sign up to confirm that that you are coming. PLEASE CONFIRM NO LATER THAN MAY 15 BY E-MAIL to [masked] or call Ruth at[masked]. We will carpool to the site. Meet at Carrabbas parking lot in the Crestview Hills Towne Center on Dixie Hwy. NO LATER THAN 4:45p.m. Note that we normally meet on the 4th Monday of the month, which is Memorial Day. So, we are meeting one week earlier, on May 20. WEATHER POLICY: Rumpke reserves the right to cancel tours when precipitation causes slippery road conditions or other safety concerns. You will be notified if the tour is cancelled the day before.

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  • Spring Nature Walk at Quiet Trails

    Quiet Trails State Nature Preserve

    Quiet Trails in spring is full of wildflowers and critters. Kentucky State Nature Preserves guide Jim Allen will hike with us, explaining the preserve’s history and helping us identify features. Expect an easy to moderate hike: 2 miles in 3 hrs. But the almost 300’ descent from parking lot to Licking River means the uphill return hike can be taxing. Expect a slow to moderate walking pace, with many stops to examine wildflowers, critters and other natural features. Sturdy shoes with good treads are recommended. Bring a walking stick if you want. Bring your own liquid and snacks. All must sign Sierra Club’s liability waiver and acknowledgement of self-risk. A parent or legal guardian must sign for unaccompanied minors who are at least 13 yrs old. There are no restrooms. Dogs are not allowed in the preserve. Trails might be muddy, slippery or tricky. At times we will be beyond an hour walk from our cars. The preserve has a small parking lot so carpooling may be requested if RSVP count gets high. To RSVP, phone or email your name, email address and a last-minute phone # by 7pm Friday 5/17 to the outing leader. Expect email or phone message by 8am Saturday if postponed or cancelled. If postponed by heavy rain or storms, expect rescheduling for the next Saturday, 5/25. Quiet Trails is on County Road CR-1035, in NE Harrison County KY. From midway between Falmouth & Cynthiana on US-27, go east on KY-1284 to Sunrise, then continue straight through the intersection and go east 1.8 miles on Pughes Ferry Rd (aka CR-1035, a curvy rolling 1-lane road, so drive carefully and slowly). Bear left at every “Y” in the road. Look for the small gravel parking lot on the right. The leader is John Robbins,[masked] (voice or text), [masked] Find more info and a trail map for Quiet Trails S.N.P. in NKY Sierra Club’s online Tri-State Hiking Guide: www.sierraclub.org/cumberland/northern-kentucky/tristate-hiking-guide

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  • Earth Day - April Meeting with Dr. Chris Lorentz about Ohio River

    Our April meeting date coincides with the 49th anniversary of Earth Day and we are pleased to have as our guest Dr. Chris Lorentz, a faculty member at Thomas More University since 1994. Chris has taught a variety of classes, including Aquatic Biology and Genetics among others. He has received the Outstanding Full-Time Teacher of the Year Award twice. Chris serves as the Director of the Center for Ohio River Research and Education at the University’s Biology Field Station. Through the Center, he has been awarded several research grants involving fish and mussels in the Ohio River and in particular, the conservation of aquatic species. His topic for the evening is “A Brief Overview of the Ohio River: Its History, Biology and Water Quality.” Food and drinks (optional) will be available at PeeWee’s Place starting at 6:30. Chris will begin his presentation at 7:00. Come out and meet new friends or enjoy the company of old friends - all focused on a care for the environment!

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  • Trail Service at Big Bone Lick

    Big Bone Lick State Park

    Our focus is 2 trails originally blazed by NKY Group: Cedar Trace & Bison Spur. Most work is trail cleanup and repair, sign repair, clearing & trimming weeds, fallen debris, bushes & small trees. Trails go through a quiet woods with a wood bridge over an intermittent stream. Bison Spur passes a public viewing path along pasture fences where the park’s bison herd can sometimes be viewed. The work will be easy to moderate – hiking over 2 miles in 4 hours while carrying lightweight tools and doing light manual labor. There are several climbs and descents up to 150’ each. Wear long sleeves and pants, sturdy shoes with good treads and work gloves. Bring your own liquid and snacks. If weather is nice, we can pack lunches to eat in the woods - there are picnic tables at some trail junctions. Trails might be muddy, slippery or tricky. There are no restrooms along the trails but restrooms in the museum building near where we park may be open - not guaranteed. We will be working at times upto an hour hike from our cars. All outing participants must sign that Sierra Club’s liability waiver and acknowledgement of self-risk. A parent or legal guardian must sign for minors, including unaccompanied minors who are at least 13 yrs old. Find more info and a trail map for Big Bone Lick in NKY Group’s online Tri-State Hiking Guide: http://www.sierraclub.org/cumberland/northern-kentucky/tristate-hiking-guide RSVP here, or phone or email your name, email address and a last-minute phone # by 8pm Friday Apr 5 to the outing leader. Expect email or phone message before 8am Saturday if postponed or cancelled. Big Bone Lick State Park entrance is 15-20 minutes west of I-71 / 75 exit # 175 on KY-338. Going west from 71 / 75 this route changes streets a couple times, so follow the 338 signs. Eventually descend into a big valley where cell service wanes. Look for the park entrance on the left. Turn in, cross a concrete bridge, then wind around a big bend to reach a 4-way stop below a big hill. Turn right and drive to the parking lot near the museum. Leader is John Robbins,[masked] (voice or text), [masked]

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