Our Origins

Until the advent of the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy, no local or regional conservancy directly addressed the environmental interests of the community of Fort Thomas.  Situated in the northern portion of Campbell County, Kentucky, on ridges stretching nearly four miles along the Ohio River, the city has several thousand acres of forest land including several outstanding public parks.  During the 2005-2007 period, development pressure rose significantly around the fringes of the city.  The forests were also threatened by invasive plant species such as the Amur honeysuckle.

Partially in response to these pressures, Bert Thomas and his cousin Bill Thomas co-founded the FTFC.  It was incorporated in August 2008 as a land trust with a board of only four members.  Once the bylaws were drafted and approved, the board opened participation to a wider group which formed a steering committee that began meeting weekly in February 2009.  The Steering Committee met in a one-room brick building built as a studio by the artist and naturalist Harlan Hubbard and located some distance behind the house he constructed for his mother.  During a  year of intense discussion and hard work, the committee hammered out an operational program, launched a website, opened a bank account, held two meetings for the public and started numerous public outreach programs including a conservation book club, a garden of plants native to the area, hikes and its first honeysuckle eradication effort.

A major accomplishment was achieved by the Land Protection and Stewardship committee in developing the policy and operational programs for the Conservancy’s most important focus — helping landowners meet their conservation needs.

You can find more information about the FTFC by downloading its brochure by clicking on this link:  FTFC Brochure