Category Archives: Innings & Events

Edge of Appalachia (The Edge)

When:  Oct 1, 2018, 7pm
Who: Martin McAllister
Where: 10078 Reading Rd, Evendale, Ohio 45241

Martin McAllister; “Edge of Appalachia” (The Edge)

The Sunken Mountain: Flora and Geology of a Meteorite Crater in Southwest Ohio: The geological diversity in Adams County not only attracts geologists, but also botanists who come to study the various plant communities that are linked to the varying bedrock types. The late Dr. E. Lucy Braun brought Adams County to the forefront of conservation in Ohio when she advocated for the preservation of these unique areas. One of the most interesting geological features to be found here is an ancient meteorite crater. This presentation will connect the dots between Lucy, the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System and the mysterious meteorite crater.”

Martin McAllister currently works with The Nature Conservancy in Ohio as the Appalachian Forests Project Manager. In this capacity he oversees management of the 20,000 Edge of Appalachia Preserve as well as TNC’s efforts to improve forest management and protection in the greater Appalachian Plateau region of Ohio. Martin is a lifelong resident of southern Ohio and a retired public servant with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, having served for twenty-seven years as a naturalist, preserve manager and park manager. His position at time of retirement was as the Southwest District Manager for Ohio State Parks and State Nature Preserves. In addition to his work with TNC, Martin serves on the boards of two conservation organizations: The Friends of Scioto Brush Creek and the Ohio Prescribed Fire Council.


Environmental Research and Education at the University of Cincinnati Center for Field Studies

When: Wed Sept 5, 2018, 7pm
Who: David L. Lentz, Executive Director, Center for Field Studies, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Where: 10078 Reading Rd, Evendale, Ohio 45241

Located amid thousands of acres of thick forest and streams, the University of Cincinnati Center for Field Studies (UCCFS) and its 17.6 acre parcel of land is one of the university’s most advanced teaching and research facilities. The renovated farm roughly 20 miles northwest of our Uptown Campus blends high-level science with deep-woods know-how through a timeless connection to the great outdoors.  Please RSVP here.

David Lentz is Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati and Executive Director of the UC Center for Field Studies. He has published more than 100 articles and three books, including an edited volume Imperfect Balance: Landscape Transformations in the Precolumbian Americas (Columbia), Seeds of Central America and Southern Mexico (NYBG Press), and a recent volume entitled, Tikal: Paleoecology of an Ancient Maya City (Cambridge), with co-editors Nick Dunning and Vern Scarborough. A Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and former Fulbright Scholar, he has received grants for his research on the evolution of plant domesticates and the human impact on natural landscapes from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Geographic Society and other sources.

Mill Creek by the Mile

July 9, 2018 Innings

“Mill Creek By The Mile”

by Ken Carman 

Mill Creek By The Mile is a proposed project for removing all of the Amur Honeysuckle and other invasive plants growing along the banks of the Mill Creek beginning with Sharonville, Evendale, and Reading.

The Problem – Amur Honeysuckle is by far the most abundant plant growing along the banks and immediately adjacent to the Mill Creek. This is a catastrophic problem for several reasons:   It replaces native plants.   It causes erosion.   Stream Biodiversity is affected.   Amur Honeysuckle (AH) provides an unnatural cover for deer, which can increase deer populations and spread of Lyme Disease.

The Solution – The two primary keys to a successful campaign to remove AH and other invasive plants from along the Mill Creek will be permission from property owners, and funding.

The Benefits- This project will draw attention to the Mill Creek to show the country that small creeks like this, can be a valuable resource.   The creek can play a crucial role as a primary migration corridor for migrating birds.     With removal of the invasive plants, it will allow a marked  increase in native plants.

Parks/Nature Preserves – There are several parks that border the Mill Creek, but there is a substantial amount of additional frontage that could easily be converted into small parks or nature preserves.

The Plan- Recruiting a large tree company to remove the honeysuckle.

What would it take to persuade businesses with property on one or both sides of the Mill Creek to donate, lease, or otherwise make available the portion of their land that is the Mill Creek or immediately adjacent?  This is land that realistically has little other use, and could further increase the amount of park/nature preserve space along the Mill Creek.

Chipping or moving the cut down material, stump treatment, preventing re-growth, and replanting.

Long Term – The long term strategy for keeping the plants from growing back is that the commitment from each contributing partner would continue, but at a reduced level.

Pollinator Plus Museum – The PPM could become a major revenue stream for the removal of invasive plants along the Mill Creek, and keeping it maintained moving forward.

Ken Carman Bios:

Ken grew up in a home looking over Harbor Point in Winton Woods. He mentored under the park district naturalists through the seventies, as his passion for the natural world grew. More recently Ken managed a beautiful nature preserve in South Carolina for five years, before coming back to Ohio to care for his elderly parents. In 2016 Ken started Pollinators Plus, and is working on plans to open a Pollinator Museum, and wage an all out war on invasive plants in our area. Tonight Ken is hear to talk to us about his plan to remove invasive plants from all along the Mill Creek, as a way of launching the War.

Mill Creek Bird Count

Mill Creek Birds 2018

Mill Creek Invasive Plants


Environmental Forum

Jun 4, 2018 Innings:  “ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM”

7 pm at the Scouting Achievement Center at 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241

This will be a 5 min presentation by each of the presenters, then everyone will form breakout circles and have follow-up discussions on the topic of choice.  

The topics are as follows:  

Ken Carman:  “Invasive Species; The War on Amur Honeysuckle”

Loa Bennett: “Community Gardening”

Nathan Alley: “Past Plastic and Statewide Energy”

Kaniz Siddiqui:  “Ready for 100% Renewable Energy”  

Earth Day Activities


Sierra Club members staffed several Earth Day booths, including one at Cincinnati State on April 19,  and one at Blue Ash Summit Park on April 21.   The members played recycling games with children and adults, handed out literature and explained our monthly programs, outings, and other activities. They also informed the public about the hazardous Duke Energy gas pipeline.
The following members volunteered to make this a productive earth day event:  Karen Nagel, Elizabeth Durrell, Evan Denenberg, Julia Gilman,Carol Cohn, Debbie Clark, Denise Olden, and Alvin Denenberg. Ann Chisko, from NOPE, (neighbors opposed to pipeline expansion), was also present to help with the Duke Energy gas pipeline information.

Edge of Appalachia Preserve System: A collection of diversity

May 7, 2018 Sierra Club Program  from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Cincinnati Ohio 45241  The public is welcome! There is no charge for this event.

Speaker: Mark Zloba, Ecological Manager at Cincinnati Museum Center, Edge of Appalachia Preserve System

Mark has had extensive experience as an outdoor educator in South Carolina, New Jersey, and Hocking College, where he found his true passion for forest wildlife.  Presently, he is the Ecological Manager for the Edge of Appalachia (The Edge). 

For the past 20 years, Mark has been working on collections, surveys and research projects on the flora and fauna of the Edge, and educating those who visit. 

Mark has worked on amphibians, reptiles, insects, spiders, harvestmen, land snails, mosses, liverworts, lichens, birds, mammals, millipedes, mussels, fish and some plants.

The preserve was started by Lucy Braun and a few others over 50 years ago.  It is owned by the Cincinnati Museum Center and in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.  Today it has multiple hiking areas, and a state of the art education building with numerous classes on nature of the surrounding area.

This talk will be about interesting discoveries made on the preserve, its impressive diversity and after years of knowledge gained, how little we really know.

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Conservation Landscaping; protecting our land, water, and wildlife one yard at a time

Apr 2, 2018 Program at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 (in Evendale) The public is welcome.   Speaker: Jason Brownknight

Jason Brownknight is the Senior Landscape Ecologist and C.E.O at Brownknight EcoResource, LLC. Jason is committed to utilizing and sharing best management practices toward the restoration, enhancement, and preservation of native habitats. Prior to establishing Brownknight EcoResource, LLC in 2016, Mr. Brownknight spent seven years as the Director of Conservation and Stewardship at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Jason earned a Master’s degree in Physical Geography from Ohio University with a specialization in Landscape Ecology and Bio-geography. Jason’s passion for nature and wildlife began as a child growing up in, and exploring, the hills and hollows of Adams County. 

 …Conservation landscaping incorporates; the use of native plants, removal of invasive plants, water conservation, eliminating or reducing chemical fertilizers and pesticides, erosion control, soil enhancement, and wildlife habitat creation. A conservation landscape design utilizes an adaptive, holistic approach that can benefit the overall health of the environment. Rain gardens, xeriscaping, pollinator gardens are all examples of conservation landscaping.

“By practicing conservation landscaping, we can improve air and water quality and the health of humans and wildlife while reducing landscape maintenance costs and decreasing the time spent on yard chores such as mowing while at the same time emphasizing our unique regional landscape.” (Chesapeake Ecology Center, 2005).


What’s up with Ohio’s Environment?

Update on Ohio’s Environmental Policy April 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 (in Evendale)

Our speaker will be Jennifer Miller, Director, Ohio Chapter of Sierra Club. Raised in Ohio, Jen Miller has worked for the Sierra Club in various capacities since 2008 and is currently serving as the Director of the Ohio Chapter. Jen earned her Master’s from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State and has Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Music and History/Ethnic Studies from Capital University.

For more than fifteen years, Miller has worked with diverse communities to promote social and environmental justice. She has presented at national and international academic conferences and published in several peer-reviewed academic journals.

Jennifer is a graduate of the US Department of Energy NREL Energy Leadership Academy and a regular guest lecturer to college classes about environmental policy and social justice issues.  Jen loves the outdoors, has one teenage daughter, is board chair of a Fair Trade non-profit, and is a professional singer. EMail Jen Miller

February 5th Inning: Outdoor Adventure Club and Miami Group committee reports

February 5th, 2018 INNINGS 7pm at Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241

“Overview and Updates on the Outdoor Adventure Club and Various Committees of the Miami Group.”

Outdoor Adventure Club; by Denny McFadden
Denny plans to talk about the origin of OAC, its mission, vision, growth, number of kids served, and plans to partner with the Sierra Club ICO.
(Denny McFadden; Founder/Executive Director; Retired CPS Teacher)

The Miami Group ICO (Inspiring Connections Outdoors) will also have an update on their programs, including current work at the Academy of World Languages. given by Lara Guttadauro.

Update on the Outings program and numerous outings events. Jay Freeman, Chair, Outings Committee; Excellent outings leader,
(hiking, backpacking, biking groups.)

Update on Plastic Bag Pollution and SB210 which will forbid municipalities from placing a fee.
Marie Kocoshis, Happenings Team.

David Ackerman: “Forestry and Forest Service

March 5th, 2018 INNINGS 7pm at Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241

Speaker: David Ackerman
Topic: Forestry and Forest Service

David’s talk will focus on what the Forest & Public Lands committee does, the issues that are facing Ohio’s forests both state and national and the forest committees work to combat the attacks on our public lands here in Ohio.

Join David Ackerman as he shares his career with the Forest Service and discusses the amazing fields of Forestry and Field and Wildlife Biology.

David is the Co-chair of the Forest and Public Lands Committee for the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club along with Loraine McCosker.  He studied fish and wildlife management at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio and then went on to study wildlife biology at Humboldt State University in California. He worked as a naturalist in Michigan and California as well as a field biologist for Mad River Biologists out of McKinleyville, California where he worked on a two year project trying to detect the endangered Marbled Murrelet in inland stands of old growth forest in far Northern California.

David has worked on the forest committee since being elected to the Chapter Executive Committee back in 2016.  While there are numerous issues and battles to be fought on behalf of Ohio’s forests the past two years have seen a continuous effort on behalf of Sierra Club and other grass roots organizations to confront the destructive extractive resource practices in both the Wayne National Forest and many of Ohio’s 22 state forests.

He is also an avid hiker, birder and nature photographer and  thoroughly enjoys sharing those passions with his wife and two young boys.