Join us for what should be an interesting winter walk as we explore a wonderful, yet little known, natural area. This preserve is an example of a citizen success story saving natural areas from development.
The Valley View Foundation is a grassroots, nonprofit organization with a simple mission- conserving land, preserving history and sharing it with the community. In 2002, it was all but a foregone conclusion that what were then 190-acres of farmland would be bulldozed for development. Valley View was created and changed the outcome. A group of passionate volunteers have had the vision and tenacity to raise over $4 million to purchase and permanently preserve one of the last family farms in eastern Cincinnati. We have transformed from a grassroots organization started in a Milford living room into the responsible stewards of 190 acres of beautiful open land along the East Fork River. This land includes rivers, streams, wooded hillsides, prairie, streamside and isolated wetlands on a compact, easily walkable site in the heart of Milford.
One of our leaders, Chris Moran, is the Recording Secretary of our Audubon Society and an experienced naturalist. She will be joined by Andy Dickerson, who is the Vice President and a founding member of the Valley View Foundation. Their plan is to take a leisurely walk throughout the preserve looking for birds and other wildlife as well as the flora of the area. Winter resident birds should be abundant as the diverse habitats, especially the many thickets, are attractive to birds and provide food and shelter to them. Andy, who knows all there is to know about the area will give us a general perspective of the area and answer all our questions.
If the weather is good this trip will run to about noon. The trip will be entirely walking, however the trails are wide and the area is generally flat, so walking should not be difficult. There are no restrooms on the preserve as the area is kept in a primitive state (the Milford shopping district is 10 minutes away). It is January, so it will be cold. Be sure to dress accordingly and good footwear is highly recommended. Snow on the ground will not cancel this trip, but extreme winter weather will likely cancel the trip. If you are unsure please contact Chris Moran.
Directions: Valley View Preserve can be accessed from the back of Pattison Elementary School which is located at 5330 South Milford Road and is clearly marked on Google Maps. The school is located directly across the street from the Terrace Park Country Club.
From US 50 in Milford turn onto Mill Street and then turn right onto Cleveland Avenue. Follow Cleveland Ave. south. Note that Cleveland Avenue changes its name to South Milford Road. Continue when S. Milford Rd makes a bend to the left. From the bend the school entrance will be about 4 tenths of a mile on the left.
You can also reach South Milford Road from Round Bottom Road. From Round Bottom Road, turn onto South Milford Road and cross the Bridge over the East Fork River. The schools entrance is on the right, 2 tenths of a mile from the Bridge.
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