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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy Has Plans to Preserve This Plot of Land

The Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy (FTFC) has acquired 22-acres of land in the southern part of the City of Fort Thomas.

On November 25th, the former owner, Cincinnati’s Union Savings Bank, turned over the deed to the property as a charitable donation.

Conservancy representatives formally accepted the gift at a brief ceremony at the Fort Thomas law offices of McMurray and Luerson. Jim Luerson, recently elected Campbell County Clerk, presided and provided his services pro bono. Also present were FTFC board members Mark Leopold and founder Bert Thomas with current Chair, Teresa Hill, signing.

The land is located at the bottom of River Road and was zoned residential. Its heights were formed by earth relocation from the construction of I-275 during the 1970’s. There are no structures on the property, and a large flat area on top provides a panoramic view of the Ohio River (see image below).

“Composed mostly of scrub vegetation and invasive species and with some past stability issues, the land is not typical of the high quality forest land the Conservancy targets for preservation,” said board chair Teresa Hill, “but we believe it was the right move for us and for the community of Fort Thomas.”

She said the FTFC is working on a long term vision for the property and will be working closely with the city council and officials and other concerned citizens on that.

“Right now we’re still absorbing the fact of this acquisition, and we will be taking our time in determining how it can best benefit the community.”

She said there are reports of a rare bird or two that habituate the land, and she recently sighted a great blue heron gliding along its periphery. The land also is adjacent to some of Fort Thomas’s most high quality forest.

- via Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy

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