Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society
Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter
Updated Wed Oct 17, 2018 at 8pm
Our hikes and lectures are free and open to the public, (but we depend on our memberships to cover our expenses.) . All are welcome. Note: Home Tab above does not work correctly- fixed soon, I hope.
For descriptions and photos of the our other missed events, scroll down on our Newsletter tab
What you missed- On Friday October 12, 2018, Cincinnati Museum Center’s Archaeologist Bob Genheimer told us of “Cincinnati’s First Farmers” from his 11 years of research at a prehistoric site (the Hahn site) near Newtown. A wide variety of floral and faunal remains indicate plant and animal diversity in this portion of the Ohio Valley prior to European settlement. 50 in attendance at Avon Woods with cool 52 temp. https://www.cincymuseum.org/blog/category/4119/Archaeology
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Saturday, October 20, 2018 10 am: Crawford Wetlands and the Old Hocking Canal, Hocking Co., OH
This year we are joining with Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) for a fall color hike along the old Hocking Canal and a visit to AOA’s new Crawford Wetlands. AOA is a regional non-profit conservancy dedicated to the conservation of land and water resources in central and southeastern Ohio.
AOA and Jodi Farrell Sparks will lead us on a walk along the canal on the old towpath which is now a country lane. The distance is about 1.8 miles between Rockbridge and the Crawford Wetlands Preserve. Hopefully we will see some fall color and work on tree identification as we wander through a combination of bottomland (including wetland) and adjacent upland forests. It’s about a 4 mile walk on flat terrain.
Pack drinks and/or snacks of your choice. Feel free to bring a lunch and eat at the lock or along the canal at the hike conclusion. Bring bug repellant and/or sunscreen if desired.
Directions: The drive is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes from Cincinnati to 27470 Dupler Rd., Logan, OH 43138. We will meet on Dupler Road near the Sheep Pen Lock.
From Cincinnati, follow I-71 N towards Columbus to exit 101 for I-270 E.
Merge onto I-270 E and drive for 8.8 miles to exit 46 for US-33 E.
Merge onto US-33 E and drive for 33.2 miles.
Turn left onto State Rt. 796 and drive for 0.7 miles continuing onto Main Street.
Turn left onto Mill St. for 0.2 miles. Mill St becomes Rockbridge B Road.
Turn right onto Dupler Road and drive for 1.2 miles to the Sheep Pen Lock.
(Please confirm give back day info by checking our website one week before event)
** Sunday, October 28, 9 am till noon: Give Back Day, Honeysuckle Blitz at Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gorge Tail Water Area, Warren County, Ohio
Join the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society, Debi Wolterman ( who alone has done so much to clean up this Preserve) , Cincinnati Wild Ones, state botanist Rick Gardner, state preserve manager Michelle Comer, the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and supporters as we sponsor Ohio’s largest volunteer effort to help remove that invasive alien, bush honeysuckle, from the Caesar Creek Lake Spillway Tail Water area and the Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve.
Come help your friends and kindred spirits continue the protection of this natural treasure. Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve was the third property acquired under the newly formed natural areas program in 1972. One of the preserve’s prime features is a gorge formed by glacial meltwaters cutting down through the bedrock. Steep walls formed, rising 180 feet above the river, with more than two miles of Caesar Creek flowing through the gorge. We will be working in the diverse habitat of this preserve area, which features heavily wooded hillsides above the gorge of beech, maple, hickory, oak and a luxuriant herbaceous-flora-covered floodplain. Rare plants occurring here include sweet Indian-plantain, large summer bluets, glade mallow, and Carolina willow. The Cincinnati Wild Ones have been working in these areas for over ten years with a very positive impact to wildflower diversity.
This is going to be a terrific social, educational and work activity, with a great lunch provided.
Your RSVP would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information, and to tell us where you would like to volunteer. Chainsaw & steel blade trimmer operators must be pre-registered.
Bring your favorite tools: gloves, pruners, loppers, saws, trimmers, and protective gear for power equipment. We will provide tools and safety equipment to volunteers new to honeysuckle removal. Stump treatment will be furnished.
Directions: Meet at the Gorge parking lot off Clarksville Road. Take I-71 to Wilmington Road (exit 36). Head east on Wilmington Road. Take the first left onto Olive Branch Road (crossing over I-71). Take the first right onto Jeffrey Road. At the first stop sign, take Oregonia Road; jog right and then jog left onto Clarksville Road. Follow across the dam, turn left at the gorge sign, and drive to the parking lot. We’ll meet near the gorge shelter. (Note: if you’re looking at Google Maps, this area is called Caesar Creek Fishing Pier. DO NOT go to the state nature preserve area off Corwin Road.) Look for signs directing you to the event.
Google map location is “Caesar Creek Fishing Pier, Caesar Creek Gorge Access Road, Waynesville, OH 45068”
Details of further events will be posted here in Oct 2018
All of our events are free and open to the public. Of course if you enjoy our events, as we think you will, it is nice to join to help support the Society. Our hikes and lectures are excellent, in a wonderful casual atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to talk with our speakers after the meetings. Our hike leaders are knowledgeable and will be glad to point out the plants that we are seeing.