By Bert Thomas

The Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy, an all-volunteer non-profit charity focused exclusively on this city, imagines a future of exceptional natural beauty. It envisions acres of protected forests girding the hills facing the river and sheltered between the ridges and secured from development in perpetuity through easements donated by landowners who understand the importance of conservation measures in preserving our natural heritage. It sees deep woods of shade and serenity where native plants and trees abound and wildlife flourishes.

The Conservancy is not an organization of dreamers. It knows that changing the way people think about their natural environment, moving them from “why bother” to “count me in”, will take time especially in a community that does not embrace change very easily. And it seems a natural condition of mankind is dedicated to maintaining the status quo. Our job is to whittle away at that mindset where conservation principles are concerned. It takes just a few landowners to get the ball rolling. That will happen. We are certain of that. It just makes too much sense, takes so little effort and results in so much good to set aside some portion of one’s land for conservation purposes.

The Conservancy is perhaps best known for its more public activities rather than for its land protection program. We have sponsored and organized the city’s only garden tour for four years in a row with the event in June being our most successful one so far. Four years ago we started planning for our Model Native Garden, a showcase for plants, flowers and trees native to this section of the city and now it is reaching maturity. And we have been badgering people about the scourge of Amur […]