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 LMC 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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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.
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Thanks REI !

Little Miami Conservancy Honors Trio at Conservation 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 photo’s).

Name Change Reflects Historic River 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.

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

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LMC Pulls Pipes from Upper River

LMC ‘Wildlife Wednesday” Series a Hit with Kids of all Ages!
LMC & Clermont County Park District Partner

Raptors LIVE! Brings Kids Face to Face with River Birds in 2017

From fossils to feather physics to Fall on the Little Miami, the free six-part series “Wildlife Wednesday” introduced fascinating topics to close to 500 children and their parents in it’s first year at the LMC Center in Loveland. 

In 2017 Wildlife Wednesday programs will be held at the LMC Center at 211 Railroad Avenue on April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13,  October 11.

For more information, check the Little Miami Conservancy FACEBOOK page.  Fly in and join us for these free fascinating programs. Free to kids of all ages.  Weather dependent.

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  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 to the Warren County Prosecutor, County Building Department and Washington Township.

2017 LMC Lower Little Miami Clean Sweep
REI Funds Ongoing LMC Restoration Effort Along 50 Miles of River

Aided by a generous grant by REI, LMC volunteers are busy again this year collecting tires and trash from the lower 50 miles of the Little Miami!  Since its first “Clean Sweep” in 1971, thousands of LMC volunteers have made a major difference in restoring the “wild & scenic” nature of the river.  Just in the past 5 years LMC has removed well over 1000 tires from the river.  Many thanks to REI and all of our Clean Sweep Partners including RRT, Loveland Canoe, Great Parks of Hamilton County, Morgan’s Canoe, Rempke Markets, Pepper Construction, CH2M, Theta Tau, BSA Troop 817, BUFF. Loveland High School Seniors, Rotary Northeast, & more!

LMC Partners with DuPont and Bayer to Clean Up and Restore River “Superfund” Site at Peters Cartridge

This monthly series introduces hundreds of children, parents and grandparents to the wonders of the bird life along the Little Miami, enabling them to meet many magnificent birds face to face and learn about a wide variety of river natural wonders.  This educational effort was made possible through an LMC partnership with Raptor, Inc. and the YOT Foundation. MANY THANKS !

These wonderful one-hour programs are set for April 22, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21, 2017 at 2pm.  For more information, check the Little Miami Conservancy FACEBOOK page.  Fly in and join us for these free fascinating programs. Free to kids of all ages.  Weather dependent.

 

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LMC Books Spotlight Fish of the River and Support LMC

Whether you love fishing or learning about the fish in the river, you’ll enjoy LMC’s “Steve Coomer’s Little Miami River—Fishing, Facts & Folklore !”  If you have a youngster in your family that could be inspired to care about “Smallmouth

Enjoy these video versions of LMC’s Smallmouth SONNY!

Sonny” and his river friends, you’ll want to make this second book a gift that they will always remember ! Purchase both books online on the Little Miami Conservancy FACEBOOK page, or at area outdoor shops. Proceeds benefit LMC’s river conservation efforts.

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

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  along the Little Miami National Wild & Scenic

The LMC preserve is named after river conservationist Mel Hensey.  The bench was made by Mel and is now enjoyed by river and trail users regularly !

Three generations of the Rasulis family installed a bench/picnic table at LMC river overlook.

The Little Miami Conservancy honored Mike Schueler for his 30 years of service as LMC President at the April 19, 2017 50th Anniversary Dinner at the Manor House in Mason, OH.  (Photo left is Mike and Digi Schueler with the 2017 Little Miami Legacy Award). LMC Executive Director Eric B. Partee praised Schueler for his many contributions to LMC’s mission, ranging from his negotiations to save the Foster riverfront  to his invaluable guidance in working with developers along the river to achieve a “win-win” solution that balances environmental protection and economic development.

 

Mike Schueler Honored at 50th Anniversary

Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard was a wonderful keynote speaker.

Former LMC Executive Directors Tim Burke, Tom Beehan and their families  were on hand to celebrate 50 years of river conservation.

Tim Burke, John Williams, Les Ungers, and Greg Schrand enjoying Thane Maynard’s river stories, including his visit to Foster with Jane Goodall. John Williams is the grandson of LMC co-incorporator Charles Sawyer.

Charter LMC member Helen Black was among LMC early leaders interviewed in an inspirational 50th Anniversary video (see below).

New LMC President Rhett Rohrer and wife Brandy are congratulated by Upper River Fund Chairman Irv Bieser at the social hour preceeding the dinner, attended by 196 people.

“Double Eagle” awards of appreciation were presented to individuals and groups who make key contributions to river conservation this past year,
including Robert K. Finley, Dean Evans, Boy Scout Troop 817, Milford Jr. High School, Great Parks of Hamilton County (GPHC Director Jack Sutton pictured above right), Clermont County Park District, Cardinal Land Conservancy, Cincinnati Nature Center,

A stunning 3-tier 50th anniversary cake was created by The Sugarie Sweet Shop for the celebration.

As you enjoy  the Little Miami Scenic Trail near Kings Mills you may have noticed the massive effort now concluding to remove contaminated soils along the river at the historic Peters Cartridge ammunitions factory. These denuded areas now abound with native trees and wild flowers. Soon LMC educational signage will be added explaining the importance of this habitat to pollinators, courtesy of a recent “Feed A Bee” grant to LMC from Bayer.

LMC Commemorative Video ENJOY!

Devere Burt, Elizabeth Pierce, Eric Partee, Bill Hopple, Buck Niehoff and Thane Maynard joined some 80 friends on June 21, 2107 to help dedicate an LMC 37 acre nature preserve along the Little Miami National Wild & Scenic River near Mariemont.

Enjoy these following articles on recent efforts by the Little Miami Conservancy !

LMC Honors Judy and John A. Ruthven with dedicated nature preserve at Horseshoe Bend