March 2015 
Friends of the Little Miami State Park is a non-profit group of volunteers dedicated to restoring and maintaining safety on the park's scenic trail. Working under the sanction of the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, the Friends provide almost all maintenance on the trail. We depend on your support and invite you to join us in serving our community.
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Follow a Friend to Lake Erie


Brent Devitt, an FLMSP member, is preparing to ride his trike 333 miles on the Ohio-to-Erie Trail to support native tree reforestation in response to the loss of millions of ash trees to the Emerald Ash Borer in Ohio. Here's his story:

"I plan to raise at least $3 per mile, a total of $1,000 or roughly $150 per day, to support the planting of at least 50 trees (7 x six foot 3 gallon trees per day) in City, County, Metro Park and National Park locations along the trail. Right now I am more than half way to the goal with over $500 raised, and have arrangements pending to plant trees with 5 parks along the way so far.

TRECYCLE adventure begins in Cincinnati on the banks of the Ohio River on Sunday, April 19, 2015 and ends on the shore of Lake Erie on Saturday, April 25.  The week encompasses the environmental holidays of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22 and Arbor Day on Friday, April 24. My daughter Christine helped me create the logo that roughly outlines the path. 

"I will be travelling about 10 miles per hour, around 50 miles per day. At that rate there should be time each day to participate in tree plantings and speak with any groups who would like to hear about the adventure.  Weather permitting I will camp in parks or lodge in host homes, hostels, bed and breakfasts or hotels along the way."

Brent hopes to inspire fellow Ohioans to take their own adventures right out their front door on the Ohio to Erie Trail. If you'd just like to join Brent in spirit, follow his progress on his blog. You'll also learn there what has inspired Brent's adventure.

To sponsor Brent's trip, with 100% of all contributions going to plant trees, you can do that here. All contributions beyond his goal will plant even more trees!  

Bats, Dead Trees, and You          
Hidden Treasure on the Little Miami

by Sarah Blair, Ohio State Parks

For so many of us, one of our greatest pleasures is traveling down the bike path or floating down the waters of Little Miami State Park. As we soak up the sunshine, we observe the wildlife that surrounds us. We watch the ospreys, the bald eagles, the herons, the kingfishers and countless others above us. We watch the turtles sunbathing on the banks, and the fish darting along under the surface. What you might not know is that there is a hidden treasure quietly residing among the trees along the banks. Nestled into the shade this summer, there will be bats tucked up under the loose bark of living, dying, and even dead trees.

The riparian habitat that the Little Miami offers is ideal for several species of bats, including the very special Indiana bat. The Indiana bat is the only endangered bat in Ohio, and this spring, they will hopefully be making their way back to this wooded streamside paradise. . . .
Read More and find out what's special about March 31!


International Battle on Our Trail?

by Rick Forrester 

The 52 miles of our park have been used for years for hiking, biking, walking, birding, etc., but did you know there is an electronic battle going on right under our noses? We know about GeoCaching where small Tupperware containers of trinkets have been hidden in the woods alongside the trail, and people use maps, compasses, and GPS coordinates to find the treasures. But, now the trail is involved in an international computer game of Capture the Flag with thousands of players!

Have you seen people running or biking up the trail, stopping, typing something in their phone, and then scurrying on? They are involved in a complex computer game called "Ingress," a sophisticated game that entails defending, capturing, and maintaining "portals" which allow "exotic matter" or "XM" into our universe. As in Capture the Flag games, there are two teams. The green team (called the "Enlightened Team") believes the XM is good for the Earth, while the Blue team (the "Resistance") believes the XM is bad for the Earth. Portals can be any public landmarks-historical markers, sculptures, or other points of interest in parks, museums, and cities all around the world. Our Little Miami State Park contains many of these features which have been designated as portals. . . .
More story and photos

January Repair: Thanks, Eads Fence Co.!
A little snow and cold weather didn't stop Rich Easterly and Eads Fence Co. from building a new section of fence at mile marker 27, near Morrow. Thanks, guys!  

The Friends is a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation and enhancement of the Little Miami State Park. We assist the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with development planning, routine maintenance, capital improvements, and safety concerns.   
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Trail Closure Alert!


 Peters Cartridge Factory Cleanup Underway

The Little Miami Scenic Trail will be closed in the vicinity of Grandin Rd. (approximate mile marker 35.0 - 35.5) intermittently now through August. Closures are due to relocation of contaminated soil from the old Peters Cartridge Factory, with work being conducted by DuPont Corp. and Parsons engineering. During cleanup the adjoining trail will be closed certain weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; the trail will be open evenings and weekends. When closed, signs will be posted on the trail, but no detour will be provided around the site. The trail parking lot at Grandin Rd. will remain open as much as possible, and during closures trail users may park and access the trail heading northeast unless otherwise posted.

Call 513-552-7030 for recorded updates on Trail closures or check the FLMSP website.

More information about the cleanup is available here.  



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On the Edge

Why is there a plow on the trail, and where was it when there was snow? No, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) isn't crazy; they're working to give you more trail. Over time, vegetation encroaches on the edges of the trail and can significantly affect trail width. ODNR is scraping away this vegetation from the edges to reclaim the full width of our trail. They started in the north and have worked all the way to Loveland so far. When scraping is complete, they will run a bushhog down the berms to break up the resulting clods before they begin seasonal mowing. So be patient with tire marks and mud spots for a little while, so we can all enjoy a roomier trail.

SORTA Endorses Oasis Rail-Trail

Photo: The Enquirer/Jason Williams

A 4-mile section of unused rail track near the Ohio River may soon connect cyclists and pedestrians to downtown and beyond, now that it has been endorsed by its owner, the Southeast Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA). Part of the Oasis Line purchased in 1994 for future light rail development , the proposed trail would form one of the final key links in the Ohio-to-Erie Trail system connecting Cincinnati and Cleveland, now 90% complete.

SORTA's endorsement was highly influenced by the advocacy of trail-friendly organizations and public support.

The other incomplete Ohio-to-Erie Trail section in Cincinnati is an extension of our Little Miami Scenic Trail from Lunken Airport to Newtown. Great Parks of Hamilton County has secured $2.6 million for most of the extension and plans to begin work on it this year.