April 2018
Trail Mail
Nature Paddle
Sunday, July 8
10am to 5pm
Enjoy a 10 mile canoe trip down the Little Miami Scenic River starting at the Halls Creek Access, Morrow and ending at the Carl Rahe Access, Fosters. Discover the plants and animals that call this river valley home. Observe a stream study and learn how monitoring macroinvertebrates helps determine stream health. Sponsored by The Friends of Little Miami State Park. Light lunch on the river and all equipment provided-$12 donation for supplies. Space is limited; pre-register here.
Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, June 13
6:30 pm

Public Invited
Did You Know?
The Loveland Library at 649 Loveland Madiera Road (across from elementary school and McDonald’s) has a bike repair stand and an extensive box of repair tools that are available to anyone during library hours:  
Mon, Tues, Thurs: Noon to 8
Wed, Fri, Sat: 10 to 6  
Tools must be used in the library.  
Safe Trails: Cross with Care
In FLMSP’s 2017 survey, road intersections ranked as the number one safety concern of trail users. Fortunately, the Little Miami Scenic Trail includes relatively few road crossings along its 60-mile length. Unfortunately, a number of the trail’s road crossings are heavily trafficked, especially on weekends. . .

by Erick Wikum
Needed: Trail Sentinels Leader
Would you be willing lead or help another volunteer lead the sentinel program on our trail?  
A sentinel rides or walks a section of the trail looking for safety issues.  Some issues a volunteer might address on the spot, such as an obstacle on the trail or a cyclist with a disabled bike. Others would be referred using 911, the trail hotline or other contacts who would respond. A sentinel will not be allowed to offer first aid other than handing out a band aid since our FLMSP insurance does not cover first aid.
The volunteer leader of the program would organize and train volunteer sentinels, and develop documentation for the program similar to the FLMSP Trail Adopters Guide or other task guides (see FLMSP website under Friends/Documents).  

We can supply of list of possible sentinel volunteers. If you’re interested in getting our sentinel program up and running, please contact Don Hahn at dhahnj@gmail.com .  
Post-Blitz Cleanup
A weeks-long joint effort by State Park employees and FLMSP volunteers to clear the trail berms of tons of cut wood has just been completed. This work was a sorely needed follow up to last fall's "tree blitz," when FLSMP vigorously supported ODNR's efforts to fell 2,000 diseased ash trees along the trail. From April 11 through May 3, numerous FLMSP volunteers worked with ODNR personnel Randy Taylor and Kyle Breslin to use a state chipper machine to clear the branches and downed logs up to 10" in diameter. This powerful equipment, which FLMSP lacks, is invaluable for clearing the trail. The recent clearing effort represents the sort of cooperation between ODNR and FLMSP which is so vital to keeping the trail in good condition. Thanks to all who participated in this important task.
Our 2018-2019 Board

Steve Murphy, President
Ron Gorley, Vice President
Dick Feldmann, Treasurer
Janet Slater, Secretary
Don Hahn
Bruce Cortright
Rick Forrester
Welcome and Thanks
Board elections at FLMSP's Annual Meeting on May 6 bring us two new board members. Welcome to Dick Feldmann, our new Treasurer, and to Rick Forrester, member-at-large.

Stepping off the Board are Paul Morgan, Mike Dresch, and George Stockham. Paul is known as a master recruiter and trainer, and George a Trail Taste Adventure leader. Mike has served "above and beyond" as our treasurer for several years. All three men have contributed countless hours of labor on the trail as well as serving on the Board. Thank you, Paul, Mike, and George, for your many contributions to FLMSP.
Battling the Slumps
Recently a trail user contacted FLMSP about his concern that the slumps south of Fosters are hazardous for cyclists not familiar with the area. He asked Mark, the owner of the Monkey Bar at Fosters, for a couple of orange cones to mark the locations, which Mark gladly provided.

Regular users of the trail between Loveland and Morrow are all too aware of three areas of asphalt failure we call “slumps”—two just south of Fosters and one near Morrow. What's going on?
Trail Sign Cleaning
Some are on fences, some are on posts; many need a scrubbing. Can you help? You decide where and how many to clean. Any help is good help!
Please reply to this newsletter or trailmail@flmsp.org to volunteer. 
Trail Talk
Recently Bruce Cortright met a biker on his way home—to Oregon!
He was following the Underground Railroad Trail through Ohio, with his loving wife as his support crew as he made his way home. They were planning to see a play while staying in Cincinnati overnight. Who will YOU meet on the trail?
Trail Closings & Alerts

North Trail Section: Construction projects between Strout Rd and SR 350, and between New Burlington Rd and Roxanna New Burlington Rd will begin mid-July. Once work begins and through September 10, contractors may close the trail for work on weekdays, but must re-open the trail on weekends--unobstructed and safe for users from 5:00 pm Fridays until 7:00 am Mondays. From September 11-October 31, the contractor will have full control of the sites and can close the trail for up to two weekends in each area. The contractor will do their best to minimize closures. For the safety of trail users and construction workers, please abide by all closure notices and barricades. 
More FLMSP Recognition
Taking Root has presented the 2018 Peaslee Award to Rick Forrester and Friends of the Little Miami State Park for the FLMSP reforestation team's work over the last two years in potting, tending, and planting hundreds of new trees along our trail. The Taking Root campaign was started in 2013 to address the historic loss of our region's tree canopy by planting trees and better managing our local forests, with its goal to plant two million trees by 2020. Thank you, Rick, for your leadership in transforming our trail!