Green Umbrella in the News

  • December 10, 2018 12:53 PM | Anonymous member

    Source: WCPO Cincinnati

    By: Pat LaFleur

    CINCINNATI -- With a resolution  passed last week, City Council made Cincinnati the 100th U.S. city to pledge to neutralize its carbon footprint by 2035. 

    The resolution marked a major milestone for the Sierra Club, a national environmental group, and "put a bow on a lot of things the city had already been doing," according to the club's Ohio chapter.

    Mayor John Cranley introduced the resolution -- which does not carry the weight of law, but rather is a written statement of intent -- and said, by adopting it, city council is "committing to something we're already trying to do, but going on the record."

    Cranley described the goal as going "carbon neutral."

    Read the full resolution below.

    The resolution promises that "all of the City-owned and operated facilities and fleets" will transition to 100 percent clean and renewable energy sources over the next 17 years. It also pledges "to ensure that 100 percent of the electricity consumed by residents and businesses within the city shall be generated by clean, renewable sources such as solar and wind."

    Council's vote Wednesday made Cincinnati the 100th city in the nation, as well as the second city in Ohio after Cleveland, to pass such a resolution.

    Democrats Tamaya Dennard, Greg Landsman, David Mann, Chris Seelbach, P.G. Sittenfeld and Wendell Young voted in favor of the resolution. Republicans Amy Murray and Jeff Pastor abstained. Independent Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman was absent from Wednesday's meeting.

    It remains unclear what realizing this pledge would cost taxpayers. WCPO reached out to Cranley's office as well as the city's Office of Environment and Sustainability, and is awaiting a reply.

    Figuring out practical details like cost comes next, said Nathan Alley, conservation policy coordinator for the Sierra Club's Ohio Chapter.

    "This is the kind of thing that gives the Office of Environment and Sustainability room to work," he said. In addition to his work at the Sierra Club, Alley also sits on the city's Environmental Advisory Council.

    "This serves as a mandate," he added. "We don't want to just say 'no' to coal. We want to say 'yes' to solar, and here's how to do it."

    Alley has worked with Cranley and the OES for the better part of two years on behalf of the environmental organization's Ready for 100campaign. In 2016, the club set out to convince 100 cities to sign resolutions like what City Council passed last week.  

    "That’s a really important milestone," Alley said. "Having 100 (cities) by the end of 2018 was the goal."

    Cincinnati's commitment is a bit more aspirational than what the Sierra Club initially asked -- 100-percent reliance on clean, renewable energy by 2050.

    And for good reason.

    "Cincinnati, of course, has really serious issues with air quality," Alley said. Cincinnati ranks among the worst U.S. cities for year-round particle pollution , according to the American Lung Association, and has a high rate of asthma incidents, especially among children . 

    Wednesday's resolution arrived after a growing list of efforts made at City Hall to transition away from coal and natural gas as energy sources toward more sustainable systems.

    Cranley made a similar commitment in 2018 when he signed the "Mayors for 100 Percent Clean Energy Pledge," and the city this year committed to building a 25-megawatt solar energy facility which would power 25 percent of city facilities' energy needs.

    Bloomberg Philanthropies in November awarded the city a $2.5 million American Cities Climate Challenge grant. The city also sits on the cusp of becoming the country's newest "2030 district" -- a designation awarded to cities where a certain percentage of property owners commit to reducing energy and water consumption and transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

    Cranley, along with Council and the OES, adopted the Green Cincinnati Plan in May.

    Site Selection magazine in July named Cincinnati the country's "most sustainable" city .

    Read the complete article here. 

  • December 06, 2018 12:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: WCPO Cincinnati

    By: Pat LaFleur

    CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati ranks in the top 30 "greenest" cities in the U.S., according to an October report from the personal finance website Wallet Hub. Just a few months before that, Site Selection magazine ranked the city as the country's "most sustainable."

    They're accolades worth touting.

    It's certainly good news to Ryan Mooney-Bullock, whose team at Madisonville-based Green Umbrella Thursday will commemorate two decades of working to preserve the region's plentiful landscape of green spaces like parks, preserves, and gardens.

    "One of the things we’re really proud of with our city is how you can get to natural areas no matter where you live," Mooney-Bullock said. According to her data, 83 percent of Hamilton County residents live 10 minutes or less from a protected green space, and that's on foot. Within Cincinnati city limits, that figure jumps to 91 percent.

    Across Greater Cincinnati, Green Umbrella counts 115,000 acres of protected green space.

    But the nonprofit's scope expands beyond keeping beautiful places beautiful. Despite the notable position on the "greenest cities" list, the Tri-State's stretch of the Ohio River Valley and the surrounding hills face a wide-range of environmental challenges, Mooney-Bullock said.

    She worries, for instance, about the high number of Tri-State folks -- including 36,000 kids in Hamilton County alone  --  living with asthma and the American Lung Association's ranking the region 18th worst in the country for year-round particle pollution .

    "In my mind, we have a big disconnect when we have huge asthma incidents in our region, and we also have an amazing green space," she said.

    Over two decades, the group's focus grew from protecting green space to encompass a range of issues that fall under the umbrella -- getting the name now? -- "sustainability."

    Green Umbrella began humbly in 1998 as the "Regional Green Space Initiative." It was "literally a dozen folks sitting in a small office or a conference room in a library," as Mooney-Bullock describes it. By the time she began volunteering with Green Umbrella in 2011, the group had already started widening its field of vision.

    She came on board to manage the Green Learning Station at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati in Avondale, where she educated people on stormwater management and environmentally efficient gardening methods.

    Just a few years later, Green Umbrella would become one of the groups behind launching Red Bike -- the region's nonprofit bike share program with rentable bikes and docking stations in neighborhoods on both sides of the river.

    By 2018, Green Umbrella grew into an organization with more than 900 members and seven focus areas: energy, green space, local food, outdoor, transportation, waste reduction and watershed. Some programs even have full-time staff, such as Tri-State Trails or the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council.

    Members consist of individuals as well as nearly 200 groups and organizations. The city of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Museum Center, Interact for Health, Fifth Third Bank, and dozens of others have adopted Green Umbrella's resolve to get the region's "green city" rank from top 30 to top 10 by 2020.

    Site Selection magazine has already dubbed the city as "Most Sustainable" metro area in the country  in a report this summer.

    Most recently, Green Umbrella scored a big win when the city of Cincinnati in October received a $2.5 million grant from Bloomberg Phlanthropies' American Cities Climate Challenge. The city's Office of Environment and Sustainability will be able to use that money toward its commitment to making Cincinnati an officially designated "2030 district."

    2030 districts consist of property owners and managers who pledge to reduce their buildings’ energy and water consumption and transportation emissions by half by the year 2030. Kroger recently announced it will join the growing list of regional groups joining the new Cincinnati 2030 district .

    "We've come a long way," Mooney-Bullock said. "It’s not just about, ‘Can I get out and hike a trail this weekend?’ but, ‘Can I get where I need to go in order to make a living or in order to pursue an education, and can I do so in a way that is not going to create a huge amount of pollution?'"

    With so many member organizations, Green Umbrella's role is to foster connections, Mooney-Bullock said. "We're a small, lean backbone organization who can coordinate collaboration amongst a bunch of different people," she said. "From governments to businesses to educational institutions to nonprofits, concerned citizens — they’re all at the table trying to figure out how to move that problem forward quickly."

    Green Umbrella will commemorate 20 years with a celebration Thursday evening at The Sanctuary event center on St. Michael Street in Lower Price Hill. Tickets for non-members cost a $35 donation. More information is available here .


  • December 06, 2018 11:55 AM | Anonymous member

    Source: Solar Industry

    By: Betsy Lillian

    Cincinnati, Ohio, has become the 100th city or town in the nation – and the second city in Ohio, following Cleveland – to commit to 100% clean, renewable energy.

    Mayor John Cranley introduced a resolution, now passed by city council, that commits Cincinnati to a community-wide transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2035. The resolution builds upon the Green Cincinnati Plan, adopted in May, according to the Sierra Club.

    Cincinnati is the fifth city served by Duke Energy to establish a 100% clean energy goal; Dunedin, Fla., also served by Duke, is scheduled to vote on its own 100% clean energy resolution this week, the Sierra Club notes.

    “It has become clear that cities will lead the global effort to fight climate change, and Cincinnati is on the front lines. I am encouraged by the changes we are making, but we have a lot of work left to do,” says Cranley.

    According to the Sierra Club, about 48.7 million people, or 15.1% of the U.S. population, now live in places that are committed to transition to 100% renewable energy. These cities, counties and states will collectively reduce carbon pollution by 120 million metric tons as they move away from fossil fuels and repower themselves entirely with renewable energy – the equivalent of taking 26 million cars off the road or retiring 30 average coal-fired power plants, the Sierra Club estimates.

    “Local communities are leading the transition to 100 percent clean energy,” comments Jodie Van Horn, director of the Sierra Club’s Ready For 100 campaign. “One-hundred cities with this goal marks a major milestone for the Ready for 100 campaign, for the 100 percent clean energy movement, and for climate and justice advocates across the country. Being powered entirely by renewables will mean cleaner air, healthier communities, affordable electricity bills and an energy system that works for everyone. The momentum is unstoppable; now, we need to make sure that implementation of these goals is equitable and benefits the communities most impacted by climate change.”

    The full list of 100 U.S. cities and towns committed to being powered by 100% renewable energy can be viewed here.

  • November 30, 2018 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: The News Record

    By Elizabeth Schmitt, Nov 30, 2018

    You may not have heard of Green Umbrella, but almost everyone in the Greater Cincinnati area benefits from the organization’s work — from riding on bike trails to having fresh food in school lunches.

    Green Umbrella is a regional sustainability alliance that has collaborated with more than 200 nonprofits, businesses, educational institutions and governmental entities to promote sustainability within the immediate community.

    Founded in 1988, Green Umbrella will celebrate its 20-year anniversary Dec. 6. The organization prides itself on being one of the first groups to unite citizens and organizations to preserve the flora and fauna in the Cincinnati metropolitan area, according to Rashida Manuel, director of public engagement at Green Umbrella.

    However, the organization’s mission has grown and evolved since its founding. In addition to preserving wildlife and plants, the organization now aims to improve economic vitality and quality of life through sustainable practices, according to its website.

    “We have people from the business sector — like Fifth Third Bank, Duke Energy and P&G — [and] then we have concerned citizens and local government employees on our team,” said Manuel. “One of its biggest accomplishments is our ability to bring together all these stakeholders who each work on these issues in a different way.”

    Green Umbrella has 7 action teams — energy, greenspace, local food, outdoors, transportation, waste reduction and watershed — that are responsible for making the organization’s goal a reality. Each team meets monthly to share new developments in green practices and devise action plans to implements its “Action Team 2020” goals.

    “We set these really bold goals to push the region forward in terms of sustainability,” said Manuel. “Each team is a part of that, and the 20th celebration will be a place for each team to showcase what they have measured their success over the past year.”

    At the anniversary celebration, each team will be paired with a locally-prepared dish at its table to represent the type of work the team focuses on, Manuel said. The outdoor team, for instance, will be represented by s’mores.

    The organization also focuses on the following three initiatives:

    Tri-State Trails — This alliance focuses on implementing biking and walking trails to connect Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Recently, Green Umbrella has begun working with the Avondale community to make walking and biking a feasible method of transportation rather than a casual recreational activity.

    Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council — This council provides advice on methods that could further develop a healthy, sustainable food system in Cincinnati. Its largest achievement was enabling schools to offer regionally-grown food in cafeteria lunches.

    Cincinnati 2030 District  The nonprofit group recently secured $300,000 in funding to make Cincinnati a "2030 District." These districts follow a national sustainability model that promotes a city's commitment to reducing its energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by 50 percent in the next 12 years.


  • November 03, 2018 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: WCPO

    By Pat LaFleur, Nov 3, 2018

    CINCINNATI -- The sun wouldn't rise for another 40 minutes after 15-year-old Gabriella Rodriguez was struck by one vehicle and dragged by another on Harrison Avenue -- a collision that would take her young life later that day.

    The Sept. 10 crash made the Western Hills University High School softball star one of the latest casualties of what transportation officials have identified as the most dangerous time of day to walk or ride a bike in Ohio: just before sunrise or just after sunset.

    With Sunday morning's time change, the Ohio Department of Transportation is warning drivers to be extra careful. Of the 145 people killed in Ohio after being struck by a vehicle while walking last year, 78 percent were hit at dawn, dusk or after dark, according to ODOT spokesman Matt Bruning.

    The switch from Daylight Saving Time to Eastern Standard Time -- the "fall back" -- means drivers' evening commutes suddenly will switch from daytime to nighttime driving conditions, with the sun going down as or before people even begin heading home.

    The switch back to EST also means November and December are the most dangerous months of the year for people walking or riding a bicycle in Ohio.

    "We know that with the time change, it's going to get dark earlier," Bruning said. "A lot of people who commute home at the end of the day obviously are used to driving in daylight over the last couple of months. Well, now it's going to be dark for that commute home."

    This means particular hazards for pedestrians, Bruning said, because visibility becomes a real challenge -- especially in the hours when it transitions from daylight to twilight.

    "I think a lot of that happens at that transitional period where you're thinking, 'Hey, it's bright enough. I don't need headlights on my vehicle to see,'" Bruning said. "But you're not thinking about the fact that those headlights help you be seen."

    It's not just headlights that become more important than ever, but other sorts of reflective gear that people walking or riding a bicycle can use, said Wade Johnston.

    Johnston heads up Tri-State Trails, a local nonprofit that works to advocate for active transportation infrastructure in the Greater Cincinnati area.

    Once the sun begins setting, walkers or bike commuters need to start thinking differently, he said.

    "Make sure you are being seen by motorists. Don't expect motorists to see you," Johnston told WCPO. "That means as a pedestrian or runner, maybe wear some lighting -- flashing lighting or reflective gear. As a cyclist, it definitely means getting your lights out, putting on the reflective vest, especially if you're going to be riding in the roadways."

    Johnston said street design plays a role, too.

    "If we have road infrastructure that has bike lanes and really well-marked crosswalks and good signage, then it's going to show drivers that there's a right to the road for pedestrians and bicyclists that we need to accommodate when we're out there," he said.

    Mostly, though, it boils down to enforcement, Johnston said -- and not police enforcement, necessarily, but self-enforcement. In other words, pay extra attention and follow the rules of the road.

    "We all have a responsibility to be following the rules of the road, following the speed limit and not driving distracted with our phones," he said. "There's only so much we can do in the way of enforcement to stop people from doing this. It's a call to action to everyone to take it on themselves.

    "Make sure you're visible."

    Clocks fall back an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. The sun will rise at 7:10 a.m. for Monday morning's commute and set at 5:33 p.m. that afternoon.

    The American Automobile Association offers these tips for drivers:

    • Turn on your headlights to become more visible during early morning and evening hours
    • Keep vehicle headlights and windows (inside and out) clean
    • Do not use high beams when other cars or pedestrians are around
    • Yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks and do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks
    • Avoid distracted driving, including use of cell phones or any other activity that could draw your attention from the road

    and for pedestrians and cyclists:

    • Cross only at intersections and look for cars coming from both directions before crossing
    • Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks, but if you have to walk on a road that has no sidewalks, walk in the opposite direction as traffic
    • Evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step into the street
    • Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking or biking near traffic at night. Carry a flashlight when you walk in the dark
    • Avoid distracted walking - including looking at your phone or listening to music. If you listen to music, make sure it is at a low enough volume to hear vehicles approaching
    • Bicycle lights are a "must have" for safe night riding.


  • October 29, 2018 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: Cincinnati Business Courier, by Chris Wetterich

    Mayor John Cranley’s plan to lessen Cincinnati’s impact on the climate will get major financial assistance from Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire philanthropist and former New York City mayor, the city and Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Monday.

    Bloomberg Charities will award the city $2.5 million, which includes the value of some technical expertise, to power city-owned facilities with renewable energy as well as accelerate energy efficiency programs for commercial and residential buildings.

    Cranley also announced two new participants, Procter & Gamble and Fifth Third Bank, in Cincinnati’s 2030 District, a public-private partnership spearheaded by the local environmental group, Green Umbrella, in which organizations and companies commit to reducing their buildings’ energy and water use as well as their transportation emissions by 50 percent by 2030. About 60 percent of Cincinnati’s global-warming causing greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings and 30 percent from transportation.

    “I’m confident that the gravitas of those institutions will inspire through peer pressure additional members,” Cranley said.

    The city plans to install large-scale renewable power generation at Greater Cincinnati Water Works as well as use 100 percent renewable energy to power city of Cincinnati facilities.

    Bloomberg’s American Cities Climate Challenge is a $70 million effort to accelerate 20 cities’ efforts to deal with climate change and promote a sustainable future. The city will be one of 20 in a two-year acceleration program and provided resources with the goal of helping it meet or beat the city’s near-term carbon reduction goals. Cities account for more than 70 percent of global carbon emissions.

    “Cities are helping to keep America moving forward on climate change despite the lack of leadership from Washington, and this challenge was designed to help innovative mayors reach their goals,” Bloomberg said in a news release. “We were looking for cities with ambitious and realistic plans to cut emissions in ways that improve people’s lives, and mayors committed to getting the job done.”

    The Green Cincinnati Plan includes 80 strategies to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050.

    “It has become clear that cities and local municipalities will lead the global effort to fight climate change, and Cincinnati is on the front lines,” Cranley said. “I am encouraged by the changes we are making, but we have a lot of work left to do.”

  • October 24, 2018 12:12 PM | Anonymous member

    Source: Cincinnati Business CourierChris Wetterich

    Kroger will help lead a new effort to make urban properties green, Mayor John Cranley announced in his annual state-of-the-city speech on Tuesday.

    The nation’s operator of traditional supermarkets will be a founding member of Cincinnati’s 2030 District. 

    Cincinnati would be the 21st such district in the world. It is a public-private partnership spearheaded by the local environmental group, Green Umbrella. About $310,000 has been raised for the effort. 

    “The vision of the network is to establish a global network of thriving high performance building districts and cities, uniting communities to catalyze transformation in the built environment and the role it plays in mitigating and adapting to climate change,” according to the 2030 Districts website.

    Cincinnati’s environmental goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 84 percent below 2006 levels by 2050. Establishing a 2030 District, whose first phase would include most of downtown, is a part of the 2018 Green Cincinnati plan. Buildings and transportation are two of the city’s largest emission sources. Downtown contains about one-third of the city’s commercial square footage.

    Future phases would include Over-the-Rhine and Uptown as well as Covington and Newport in Northern Kentucky. 

    Other cities with districts include Albuquerque, N.M.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Austin, Texas; Burlington, Vt.; Cleveland; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Ithaca, N.Y.; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Portland, Maine; San Antonio; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Stamford, Conn. and Toronto.

    Other local members include the Newsy Brand Studio, Emerson Design, Xavier University, Sol Design + Consulting and Rojas Design. 

    Kroger will commit to slashing its buildings’ energy and water use and transportation emissions by 50 percent by 2030. 

    They have lots of real estate,” Cranley said. 

    Kroger’s subsidiary, consumer data firm 84.51, also will join the effort along with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. 

    The mayor also hailed Kroger for eliminating plastic grocery bags by 2030. 

    Source: Cincinnati Business Courier, Chris Wetterich, 10/24/18

  • October 23, 2018 2:01 PM | Anonymous member

    Source: Journal-News, Mike Rutledge

    HAMILTON — 

    There’s a glowing, eerily peaceful blue-and-green Van Gogh bicycle path in Nuenen, the Netherlands, where artist Vincent Van Gogh lived and worked from 1883-1885. With a growing importance of bicycle paths and arts in Hamilton, some think the Butler County seat would be a good place for something similar.

    The path is illuminated using solar powered, light-emitting stones. Costs of such a project are not known.

    While nobody has formally proposed such a glowing path in Hamilton, two observers mused about the possibilities.

    “Hamilton has done such a great job of embracing the arts and promoting history and culture in their community,” said Wade Johnston, director of Tri-State Trails. “I think a trail is a really amazing way to see that manifest itself into the built environment.”

    MORE: The Great Miami River could be the next big destination in Hamilton. Here’s why.

    “What if we could have public art and beautiful landscaping that could be installed along the (proposed) Hamilton Beltline (bicycling/walking trail in the West Side), for promoting a sense of place, and encouraging reinvestment in Hamilton, which already has got some great momentum,” he said.

    Johnston said he believes an ideal location would be near the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, which is next to the Great Miami walking/biking path and also overlooks the Great Miami River.

    “The sculptural park is right in that vicinity, too,” Johnston said. He noted Cincinnati has its Mill Creek Greenway, which has an art installation called “The Space Walk,” a to-scale depiction of the solar system, with solar panels that make it glow during the night.

    RELATED: Hamilton’s Marcum Park named one of 5 Great Public Spaces in America

    “They also have edible landscaping along the trail, which is really cool, so during certain times of the year you can go and pick a fresh pear, and have that be part of your trail experience,” Johnston said.

    Ian Mackenzie-Thurley, executive director of the Fitton Center, said he has seen images of such paths.

    “It sounds interesting,” Mackenzie-Thurley said. “Anything that can lead to safer, more interesting bike paths…. It’s always good to be looking ahead.”

    And the idea about a segment near the Fitton Center?

    “We’d love that,” Mackenzie-Thurley said. “Anything ingenuitive, interesting, engaging to the Fitton Center and the city of Hamilton, we’re all about. And the usage you see on the trails is fantastic.”

    “Like any good arts center, we should be open to all new ideas, all new concepts,” he said, noting the new ramp that links the bike path to Hamilton’s Marcum Park and its RiversEdge concerts has further encouraged bicycling.

    “I have friends who park their cars in German Village and hop on the bike trail, come back in, grab something to eat,” he said. “They go to (Municipal) Brew Works. It’s not just recreational — it’s a social connector also.”

    “Hamilton has proven to be a place that’s willing to look at new things and new concepts, and try stuff out. I think it’s been a big part of the success that’s going on at the moment,” Mackenzie-Thurley said.

  • October 04, 2018 11:35 AM | Anonymous member

    Source: EIN Newsdesk

    The Fernald Preserve was recently selected as a regional “Greenspace Gem” by the Greater Cincinnati regional environmental sustainability alliance called Green Umbrella. Green Umbrella serves a 10 county region with a vision to facilitate positive environmental action resulting in the region being recognized as one of the top 10 most sustainable metro areas in the nation by 2020. Green Umbrella announced their five newly named regional  “Greenspace Gem” honorees on September 22, 2018 -- National Public Lands Day.

    Each of the five sites represents a story of public action to protect natural resources. Sites were selected by a team of experts from Green Umbrella's Greenspace Action Team, with a goal of highlighting natural areas in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana. Green Umbrella utilizes the “Greenspace Gems” as a way to raise awareness of regional greenspaces and the strategies used to protect them. This is a very positive recognition for the remediation, restoration, and community engagement work done at the Fernald Preserve which resulted in a regional, community asset that features expansive greenspace.

  • September 26, 2018 2:43 AM | Anonymous member

    Source: Northern Kentucky Tribune

    From wildflowers to trees and mussels to wetlands, Kenton County Parks & Recreation and the Kenton County Conservation District invite you to explore the natural surroundings of the Morning View Heritage Area on Saturday, September 29.

    Guided hikes will cover hilly, wooded, possibly wet and muddy terrain. Enjoy information booths staffed by local outdoor and nature-oriented organizations.

    Guided hikes will take place from 9:30 – 10:15 AM and 10:30 – 11:15 AM.  The approximately 1-mile mostly-forested trail will be muddy, wet, and rocky in places. Long sleeves and pants, a walking stick if desired, sturdy shoes with good treads are recommended.

    Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy during the visit. No dogs are allowed in the preserve.

    This event is a part of Great Outdoor Weekend through Green Umbrella – September 29 to 30. Check out other events here

    All ages are welcome, but anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees will be asked to sign a waiver prior to hiking.

    The Morning View Heritage Area is located at 15168 Decoursey Pike, Morning View 41063.

    Driving Directions: From Independence KY, go south on KY-17 (Madison Pk). Continue south through the KY-16 intersection. After an “Atwood” community sign, turn east (left) on KY-2042 (Moffett Rd). After 5.2 miles turn right on Kenton Station Rd (which is still KY-2042). Turn right on KY-177 and drive south about 5 minutes.

    Look for the preserve’s parking lot about ½ mile south of the KY-14 intersection where there is a Morning View Post Office. There is no sign yet but the new gravel parking lot is on the west side of Decoursey (KY-177), on the opposite side of the road from the railroad track. It has 2 entrances. A black barn with above sign is obvious behind a wood fence.

    Pre-registration is encouraged. Call Rhonda Ritzi from KCP&R at (859) 525-PLAY (7529). There is no cost to attend this event, however KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned. To learn more about the Morning View Heritage Area, visit the Kenton County website.

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