“A Day in the Park” – Rossford Park April 26 2014

Day in the Park Rossford 2014

To celebrate our acquisition from the city of a conservation easement on approximately 6 acres on the edges of Rossford Park, we invite you to the second annual “A Day in the Park”.

  •  It takes place Saturday, April 26 from 2:00 -5:00.
  •  2 pm:  Events start at 2:00 with a ribbon cutting representing the partnership between the City of Fort Thomas and the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy to protect and enhance the forests of Fort Thomas.  This event will take place at    the Rossford Shelter House.
  •  2:30 pm:  Board member Mark Leopold will lead a hike at 2:30 entitled, “Envision the Future”.  This hike will walk the conservation easement and discuss what is there now and the plans the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy has to reforest and enhance this area.
  • 2:30 – 5 pm:  Learn how to plant a tree.  We have 400 tree saplings to plant on the grassy hillside just down from the ball fields.  If you are looking to get involved, don’t miss this day to learn about the many opportunities to volunteer in the future during our reforestation efforts at Rossford.  Please wear hiking boots if you plan to attend the hike or help in the tree planting because it will likely be muddy.
  • 2:30 – 5 pm:  Many other family-friendly events will be going on during A Day in the Park.
    • Under the shelter house,  there will be a beekeeper, representative from the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department;
    • We will have information on native and invasive plants
    • There will be a yoga class for kids;
    • A “Pill Bug Derby” and more.
    • There will also be a “Gnomadic Journey” quest for kids to find […]

Rossford Park Conservation Easement

Our big news for 2014 (so far) is a donation by the City of Fort Thomas to the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy of a six-acre conservation easement on Rossford Park.  On April 7th, 2014, the Fort Thomas city council voted to approve the easement, and the deed of easement was signed by Mayor Mary Brown and FTFC Chairman Bert Thomas shortly thereafter.  Rossford Park under went major renovations a couple years ago to enhance recreational activities for everyone.  During the reconstruction phase, the city invited the Conservancy to consider holding a conservation easement on portions of the park not included in the restoration.  This area is in the northern fringes of the park and includes forest land, meadows and streams.  We are currently developing a plan to revitalize those natural areas and will make the plan public as soon as it is ready.  It will include stream restoration, reforestation, creation of wetlands, and controlling non-native invasive species.  All of this will take lots of work and rely heavily on our volunteers.  In a broader sense, the easement demonstrates the important partnership between the city and our volunteer organization and validates the Conservancy’s mission to protect the forests, the forested hillsides and remaining green spaces of Fort Thomas.  We hope it will encourage land owners to consider working with the Conservancy to find ways to protect their land and be a part of this important conservation movement.

Here is the easement plat showing the boundaries:  Rossford Park Easement

New Award

FTFC Wins Forestry Award

The Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy won the award for Outstanding Forestry Program for 2013.  The award was presented by the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council at the Council’s Trees in Our Community Forum and Annual Dinner on October 17th.  This award is given to the local city or county administration, tree board or committee that has made outstanding accomplishments in completing urban forestry projects, provided exemplary tree care leadership, and made significant progress in meeting the goals of their local urban forestry program.  In demonstration of our close working relationship and partnership with the City of Fort Thomas, the FTFC was nominated for this award by Ron Dill, the assistant city administrator.  Conservancy volunteers worked hard in many aspects of urban forestry including tree planting in Rossford Park, revitalizing of the area around the Fort Thomas Museum in Tower park and honeysuckle eradication.

Award of Excellence 2013

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