September 2018
Trail Mail
Trail Closings & Alerts
The trail between SR 350 and Strout Rd. in Warren County will be completely closed September 17-21, weather permitting. There will be no safe passage through the construction area for this period of time. Crews will be milling the old asphalt and paving the newly rerouted trail.
Also, intermittent closures are now possible as construction crews are beginning to mobilize equipment and material to the Spring Valley project site. Construction will be between New Burlington Road and Roxanna New Burlington Rd, about mile marker 9.75.
Safe Trails: Friends Take the Lead on Intersection Safety
by Erick Wikum
Since its founding in 2008, Friends of the Little Miami State Park has made trail safety its most important focus. Indeed, the group was formed in response to a safety issue; following several accidents, Friends raised funds and paved the algae covered, slippery wooden bridges. And now, the group is coalescing around a major safety issue: road crossings. At its September 12 meeting, the FLMSP board approved an initiative to improve intersection safety through the marking of crossings in phase 1 and through the posting of trail crossing signs to alert drivers in phase 2. In addition, Friends will address sight lines at intersections by trimming brush to allow for a 45-degree view of the road in either direction. Read More


It's Tree-Planting Time!
Both weekend and weekday warriors are needed to plant over 400 trees and shrubs starting in late September and in October. No experience necessary. We will set planting party dates once we get a feel for the preferred day(s) of the week. Please send your contact information, email, phone, and preferred day(s) of the week to  Rick Forrester  at craseforrester@zoomtown.com  
Little Miami Watershed Network is hosting its Trailblazer Adventure Sept. 23. More info and registration

FLMSP Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 10
6:30 pm

Public Invited
Baseball History on the Trail
by Bruce Cortright
We all know that the Little Miami Railroad, whose rails have been replaced by our trail, played a part in the Civil War.  But did you know that the Little Miami Railroad also has some baseball history? Yes, the 1869 Red Stockings returned to Cincinnati on the Little Miami Railroad after their victorious Eastern road trip, defeating teams in New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC. They were met in Loveland by a city official who informed them of the upcoming festivities planned for their return. Arriving at the Little Miami Railroad Terminal, the team was loaded into two carriages and headed for the Gibson House (above).  They were escorted by a third carriage, which carried a band that played for the fans that had lined the streets.  The celebration continued long into the night.  
New Parking
Fosters, one of the most
popular trail access locations, now has more parking thanks to the Monkey Bar's new owner, Mark Altemeier. Recently he invested $85,000 of his own money to provide paved public parking next to the trail both for trail users and for his restaurant, formerly the Train Stop Inn. He also hopes to expand and winterize the restroom facilities at Fosters, now under his care. Although the Monkey Bar is not yet serving food, drinks are available and the two food trucks that visit each weekend are popular with trail users. Already Mark has added patio space along the river, and a new patio level is under construction. He plans to start the kitchen renovation this winter. "I love being involved with the state park and trail!" says Mark enthusiastically. Thanks for improving amenities for all trail users, Mark.
Monarchs at Morgans
Late summer visitors on the trail are seeing increased sightings of beautiful Monarch butterflies around the Ft Ancient area. This is due in part to the success of the Morgan Monarch project, now in its 4th year. Dirk and Lori Morgan are releasing over 150 Monarchs they have raised from eggs and nurtured in their gardens at Morgans Riverside Campground near the 25.5 mile marker. 

The Morgans hope to connect landowners along the trail to groups and volunteers who wish to establish Pollinator gardens up and down the length of the river, accessible by canoe or bike. "The Little Miami corridor offers the perfect venue for a natural connection in an otherwise sprawling urban area," says Morgan. "There is much to be done, but it's all right here for us." More milkweed must be planted to help these beautiful endangered creatures. For more info on creating a Monarch waystation, obtaining milkweed seeds, and making a difference in your lifetime, please contact Dirk Morgan at Dirk@Morganscanoe.com. And remember: Brake for Monarchs when on the trail! 
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