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  along the Little Miami National Wild & Scenic River

Little Miami

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Wild & Scenic River Conservation Since 1967 

Text Box: “People love water and woods.  We are very lucky. We have a real treasure in the Little Miami River.”
	George R. Henkle (1911-2009)	
	LMC President 1968-1970

National Symbol Returns to the Little Miami !

Milford Riverfront to Keep Natural Beauty with LMC Conservation Easement

In a historic partnership between LMC, the City of Milford and OEPA 400 feet of Milford downtown riverfront has been restored and preserved in perpetuity as a nature preserve.  Hundreds of oaks, sycamores and native shrubs are now growing on city land known as Critchell Park.  Native grasses cover the land and a wood chip trail and rustic canoe access are expected.  The plantings will provide a visual buffer to protect the river’s natural beauty and offer a scenic backdrop for Milford’s historic district.

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Little Miami focus of “Country Living”

The Little Miami and an LMI canoe float from last year made the cover of “Country Living” magazine’s April 2013 edition.  See the article at the magazine’s web site at the following link: ARTICLE    Many thanks to Chip Gross, Guy Denny and the Outdoor Writers of Ohio !

USEPA begins fish research at LMC Smysor Preserve

Oakwood Boy Scouts proudly display their REI water bottles donated by REI in thanks for their outstanding conservation work on the Little Miami.

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“Saving a National Treasure”

REI Supports LMC Tree Planting and Scouts Clean Up

REI has recently funded the purchase of 43 shovels for LMC planting and river clean up projects along the Little Miami. The shovels were used by 80 Loveland High School Seniors in planting 1000 dogwoods on October 17th and at the outstanding October 28th clean up by the Oakwood Boy Scouts at the LMC Mead Preserve.
(see photo above)
Thanks REI !

Little Miami Conservancy Celebrates 45 Years of Conservation at 2012 Dinner

May 2, 2012 was an evening of celebration for 130 dedicated supporters of LMC’s long history of Wild & Scenic River conservation efforts at the Marriott in Mason.  ODNR Watercraft Chief Norcross and LMC President Michael T. Schueler spoke following an art auction. Little Miami Legacy Awards (see photo above) were presented to Dave Case, Mike Fremont, Bob & June Morgan (see pihoto’s).

Organization’s Name Change Reflects Mission

It’s official! Our new name is the Little Miami Conservancy.

 The organization was founded in 1967 as Little Miami, Inc.  After a considered review the Board felt that the new name better defines and honors our historic mission and will make it easier for new supporters to understand our efforts.


Memorial Planting Honoring Don Hopkins Held  April 25, 2014 in Avoca Park at 2:30pm

Former LMC President Don Hopkins of Mariemont passed away on March 1, 2013.

His legacy as a conservationist and LMC leader since 1969 lives on with over 100 natures preserves that he was in large part responsible for along the Little Miami National Wild & Scenic River in 5 counties in Southwest Ohio.

“Don’s guidance and charming wit will be missed, yet his memory and dedication will continue to inspire all of us who care for this national treasure” said LMC Executive Director Eric B. Partee.  (see photo’s)

LMC Restores New Preserves planting Thousands of Oaks, Prairies, Wetlands

LMC has been busy planting and caring for 40,000 trees, 200 acres of prairie lands, and numerous wetland areas on six major new nature preserves along the Upper Little Miami.

Partnering with NRCS, OEPA, Tecumseh Land Trust, The Upper River Fund and Greene County, LMC manages these stunning natural areas thanks to LMC member support !  
(see photo’s)

These pipes (photo right) were removed by LMCS recently from the Little Miami near Spring Valley in Greene County thanks to the financial support of LMC members!

LMC approved CFC Charity !
LMC is proud to be an approved charity to whom federal employees can designate their payroll deductions, one time donations and/or special event donations
CFC # 68305


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LMC Acquires and Cleans Up “Worst Eyesore on the Little Miami”, Wildlife return

On March 28, 2013 LMC acquired title to a 1.4 acre parcel  upstream from Morrow (photo above)  in Warren County (see photo above).  With half a dozen semi trailers, abandoned vehicles, plastic barrels, broken concrete, several sheds and a large building overhanging the river LMC had its work cut out for it in bringing this “diamond in the rough” back to “gem” status.

Thanks to LMC member donations of $20,000, the work of over 40 volunteers (see photo below) and an LMC contractor, the 600 feet of riverfront is returning to a natural riverfront forest worthy of a National Wild & Scenic River and wildlife is already returning !

Thanks also to the Warren County Prosecutor’s office, County Building Department and Washington Township.



A doe & her speckled fawn visited the new LMC “gem”  after the clean up

LMC Pulls Pipes from Upper River

Raptors Swoop into LMC Center at Bike Trail in Loveland

Raptor, Inc. and the Little Miami Conservancy once again partnered to bring live birds of prey (aka raptors) to the LMC Scenic River & Trail Center on Saturday June 29th at 3pm.  It was a thrill to meet these magnificent birds face to face!  Programs are held at the LMC Center at 211 Railroad Avenue in downtown Loveland next to Nisbet Park along the Bike Trail.


MANY THANKS for another great year at the LMC Scenic River & Trail Center next to Nisbet Park in downtown Loveland, 211 Railroad Ave. !!

82 Acre Preserve Dedication Honors Tecumseh and River at Oldtown Oct. 5th
LMC’s 100th nature preserve is special for so many reasons. Beyond it’s “century mark” status the restored riverfront was the site of the Shawnee capital and home to arguably the Shawnee’s most influential leader in the early 18th century who sought to unite the native American tribes of his time to preserve their lands and way of life.  October 5, 2013 commemorated the 200th anniversary of Tecumseh’s death in battle.

In 2011 LMC purchased the 82 acre farmland parcel and has planted 10,000 oaks and 45 acres of native prairie grasses in cooperation with the Tecumseh Land Trust, Greene County Commissioners, Ohio EPA and The Upper River Fund.  The Preserve will remain in its natural state in perpetuity can be visited by appointment only. 

“John A. Ruthven, naturalist, author, lecturer, and internationally acknowledge mast of wildlife art is often called the “20th Century Audubon.”  Ruthven has inspired generations with his art and appreciation for nature. We are forever grateful !

The Little Miami Conservancy honored John at their  48th annual dinner meeting on May 11th at the Marriott NE, 9664 S. Mason Montgomery Road, Mason OH  45040 near I-71 and Fields Ertel Road.

LMC Preserve named for Mel Hensey at ceremony April 27, 2014 north of Morrow

On Sunday April 27th LMC hosted a tribute to Mel Hensey who was a dedicated conservationist and volunteer for numerous projects along the Little Miami National Wild & Scenic River and the Little Miami State Park Trail. Friends and family planted 25 white flowering dogwoods at one of LMC's newest nature preserves along the Little Miami in Washington Township several miles north of Morrow in Warren County.

You can visit the Hensey Preserve by riding north of Morrow on the Litlte Miami Bike Trail and stopping Trail Mile 25.0.


Little Miami Conservancy Honors Artist John Ruthven at May 11th Dinner

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