Category Archives: Innings & Events

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.

Annual Membership Appreciation Dinner

Join us this Saturday, November 11th at Garden Park Unity Church, 3581 W. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH. 45239.

Bring an appetizer, salad, vegetable, entree, or dessert & a drink (including wine and beer). Plates, dinnerware, cups, coffee, and water will be provided.

Social hour begins at 5:30. Dinner about 6:30. After dinner we’ll review the past year and look ahead to 2018.
Awards will be presented to select members and
committees and the Miami Group will be receiving a
special Metzenbaum Award.

Vegetarian Indian Dinner fundraiser

December 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. the Miami Group Sierra Club will host a fundraising dinner at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 Wm Howard Taft Rd.

Aftab Pureval will be our dinner speaker!

Kaniz Siddiqui will prepare home cooked vegetarian Indian cuisine for us to enjoy. We are asking for donations ranging from $30 per person to $50 per person, or more! We’ll have a speaker, a brief update on our work and some great food.

Please send a check with your name and names of guests to Sierra Club, 103 Wm. Howard Taft Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219. If you’d like to pay at the door, please bring a check and RSVP to [email protected]!
You can also donate through Paypal using the donate button below. Please enter the number of guests and your name on the donation confirmation page. Thanks!

Join us, bring a friend and enjoy good food and company! For more information or to volunteer, call Marilyn Wall at 513-226-9235 or email at [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Dec 8!

Miami Group Oct 2, 2017 Member vacation slide shows.

On Oct 2, a group of Miami Group members attended our annual member vacation slide shows.

Presenters and topics are from left to right:
Karen Anderson Brown: “Trip to the Colorado Plateau-a Geological Comparison”
Louise Hosburgh: “Trip to Denver”
Evan Denenberg: “Hiking the Southern Alps of New Zealand including touring the major cities.” Gwen Marshall: “Trip down Mill Creek from Reading to Caldwell Park Area”
Carol Cohn: “Trip to the Southern Coast of Maine”
Robert Frost; “In Nature, is the Poetry of the Earth

Prof. Kirsten Schwarz – The legacy of environmental lead

will be speaking at the Sierra Club meeting on November 6 at at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241

The legacy of lead in the environment: What it means for urban soil, urban gardens, and urbanites.

2000 B.A., Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

2010 Ph.D., Ecology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey Dissertation Title: The Spatial Distribution of Lead in Urban Residential Soil and Correlations with Urban Land Cover of Baltimore, Maryland.

2012-Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

Dr. Schwarz has had publications and received numerous professional developmental awards from NKU and various grants for work on soil lead contamination.

“Often when we think of lead poisoning the mind conjures an image of old lead-based paint and we likely imagine that the harsh lessons of lead poisoning have long been learned. Many are surprised to hear that the legacy of lead is still with us, lurking in the most obvious of places, like the walls of old buildings, as well as surprising and unlikely places, like the soil beneath our feet.
When our soil contains elevated levels of lead it can be a source of lead to humans when we unintentionally breathe it in or eat it. This makes elevated soil lead an important public health issue that has direct ties to our environment. Ecologists can contribute to our understanding by identifying where in the urban landscape we would expect high levels of soil lead. Predicting “hotspots” – or areas of high soil lead – allows residents, public health organizations and city planners to efficiently and effectively mitigate soil lead exposure.”

“Understanding patterns of soil lead is critical as we strive to transform our older industrial cities into sustainable cities- places where we envision ample green space, local sources of healthy food, and economic vibrancy. Urban gardens are a key component of sustainable cities, providing nutritious food and a connection to community and place. But we must also manage tradeoffs to gardening in the city, like exposure to pollutants, including lead. I’ll discuss on-going research at NKU that is addressing this trade-off. Urban ecological research is contributing part of the solution by exposing the spatial legacy of lead. By better understanding the patterns of soil lead in the city, we can support safe and healthy urban gardening, helping to build a brighter and more sustainable future for our cities.”

A short description of Kirsten Schwarz’s research interests can be found on the NKU website:
Or her website:

Cincinnati Parks Director Wade Walcutt

Wade A, Walcutt, Director Cincinnati Parks will be speaking Dec. 4, 2017  at 7 pm at Sierra Club meeting at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241.

An overview of all the Cincinnati parks
Recreation, flora, fauna.
Details of some of the newer parks
What organizations are responsible for various aspects of park plans
How he plans to get these various organizations to work together better
What he hopes to do differently going forward
How Sierra Club might fit into his plans

Wade A. Walcutt, the new Director of the Cincinnati Park Board, has over 15 years in Parks and Recreation experience. Wade served as the director of the Greensboro, North Carolina Parks and Recreation department. He was promoted to this position in 2013, after serving as division manager. Prior to joining the Greensboro parks and recreation team, Wade was the facilities manager and park operations director for Columbus Recreation and Parks department and The National Audubon Society; he also served as program supervisor for Westerville Parks and Recreation. Wade has a degree in Recreation Management from Ohio University and was recently selected to serve a three-year term on the National Recreation and Parks Association Board of Regents. Wade and his wife, Kelli, have two children, Whitney, 4, and Drew, 1.