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Illustration Above: Map of Spruce Hill as drawn by Squier and Davis in 1847

Illustration Above: Map of Spruce Hill as drawn by Squier and Davis in 1847

Guided Hike to Spruce Hill Earthworks

With Ranger Bruce Lombardo

THIS SATURDAY   Sept. 27, 2014   9:30 am-1:30 pm

Free to the Public, Directions Below, No registration needed

Sponsored & led by Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Held at the Arc of Appalachia’s Spruce Hill Preserve, west of Chillicothe, Ohio

Join the National Park Service for a guided hike of Spruce Hill’s Earthworks. This 3.5 mile guided hike will ascend the hill to the plateau, pass through the remains of an ancient gateway, and provide hikers with a rare opportunity to reach the prehistoric ruins at the far end of the mesa. Ranger Bruce will answer such questions about Spruce Hill as:

·         Why did prehistoric hunter-gatherers build a wall on such an enormous plateau?

·         How did they create fires on the stone walls hotter than an open fire can generate?

·         Is there really a serpent mound in the middle of the enclosure?

 Enigmatic Spruce Hill is one of only roughly a dozen hilltop enclosures built 2,000 years ago by the ancient American Indian people known as the ‘Hopewell’ Culture. Built primarily of stone, Spruce Hill’s low walls enclose a 150-acre gathering space on top of the mesa-like ridge-top. The 270-acre preserve also protects a fine Appalachian forest, vernal pools, and rare grassland birds.

 This guided hike is a rare educational opportunity to see Spruce Hill, and an even rarer opportunity to see the far isthmus:

·         About the hike: the trail is moderately challenging with long ascents and descentsthis event is not suitable for people with physical limitations

·         What to bring: Hikers should wear sturdy walking shoes, a full water bottle, and a packed lunch or hearty trail snacks.

·         Meet the group at 9:30 am at the Spruce Hill Preserve parking lot located on Spruce Hill Rd.

·         Questions at any time: Call Hopewell Culture National Historic Park at 740-774-1126.

Directions: Take US Highway 50 west out of Chillicothe. Approximately 12 miles outside of town turn left on Blaine Hwy (If you drive into the little town of Bourneville, you passed Blaine.) The next road you will come to is Black Run Road. Turn right. Black Run will soon make a 90-degree turn to the left. Continue straight on Shoemaker Road. Take the next left on Spruce Hill Road. A short distance down Spruce Hill Road you will see a medium-sized gravel parking lot on your right.


Natural Areas Conference in Dayton, OH. Click here for info and to register: http://www.naturalareasconference.org/



Join American Farmland Trust this fall in Lexington, KY for a conference on Farmland, Food, & Livable Communities. Click here for info: http://www.farmland.org/news/events/national-agricultural-landscapes-forum/2014National-Conference.asp



Licking Land Trust Events:


Oct. 25, Harvest 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile Trick or Treat Walk

On the campus of OSU-Newark.  Check in begins at 8:30am and races begin at 9:30. Visit lickinglandtrust.org or premierraces.org to register. 


Nov. 6, Licking Land Trust Annual Member Meeting Potluck, Bryn Du Mansion, Granville, OH, 6:30pm.   Guest speaker is Jim Redding, Environmental Biology Teacher and developer of the Land Lab for Granville Schools.



Black Swamp Conservancy & the Wood County Park District present

DOWN-HOME: Celebrating Our Local Heritage with Music, Food & Brews

DATE: Saturday, October 11th

TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Carter Historic Farm (18331 Carter Rd., Bowling Green, OH 43402)

Local food (ticket price includes BBQ chicken/pulled pork and sides from Jimmy G's of Fremont), local beer (offering varieties for sale from the Maumee Bay Brewing Co.) and local live music (Bowling Green's own Acoustic Penguin) - also featuring a farm animal petting zoo, tractor displays, and guided tours of the woods and historic homestead. Come enjoy a day at the Wood County Park District's (and Black Swamp Conservancy protected) Carter Historic Farm!





Fall Coalition of Ohio Land Trust Meeting November 13 in Reynoldsburg

Blacklick Woods Golf Course: Banquet Room
Nov 13, 2014, 10 AM – 3 PM

Hope your land trust or conservation group can participate in this semi-annual get together of land trusts across the state!  We’re lining up an interesting program, including two sessions on fundraising events and techniques for conservation organizations.

Hold this date – registration information will be released soon!


Link to the NBC 4 story on AOA’s Bartley Preserve in Pickaway County:


Applications for the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund for Round 9 are due October 31st! District 11 has been funded $3.7 million! If your district hasn't announced its funding, they will soon. 

Click here to find your district's NRAC page:


LTA's rally this year will be in Providence, Rhode Island! Register today! 



October 15-17, 2014

Dayton Convention Center – Dayton, OH

Early Bird Registration until September 5


Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour & Workshop Series--

NOW through November 14, 2014

All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless noted.

For a full schedule of tours, workshops and events, and registration (where applicable) go to:



Saturday, November 15

6:00-9:00 p.m.

COSI – Columbus, OH


 Click to find a land trust:  INTERACTIVE Ohio Land Trusts
Service Area map links to Land Trust Alliance Website


Become a member of the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts and get discounts on trainings as well as policy and program updates! Click on this link.


Ohio land trusts can send an email to Midwest@lta.org to sign up for Ohio listserv (hosted by the Land Trust Alliance).

If you would like to submit a story or an event, email Jenny at washu767@aol.com. She will put it on the website for you!

The Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts (COLT) is a voluntary network of land trusts and other conservation organizations dedicated to advancing land conservation for public benefit in Ohio.

COLT strives to help Ohio's land trusts conserve more of the state's farmland, woodlands and natural areas by assisting each land trust in building organizational capacity and developing strategic conservation plans. Since its inception, COLT has worked to:

1. Enhance the technical knowledge of Ohio land trusts through training and peer-to-peer networking;

2. Increase land trusts' implementation of Land Trust Standards and Practices through land trust organizational assessments and;

3. Advance critical state and federal land conservation policy initiatives and legislation, such as property tax reform, and renewal of the Clean Ohio Fund, in partnership with other statewide groups such as Ohio League of Conservation Voters and Mainstream Green Coalition.