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Trail Closing Begins May 9

Press Release from the Warren County Engineer's Office
April 28, 2022

Lebanon, Ohio – City of South Lebanon and Hamilton Township, Warren County, Ohio – The Little Miami Scenic Trail, approximately 1,000 ft in each direction of the Grandin Road intersection, will be closed to bike traffic and pedestrians beginning Monday, May 9th, 2022, for the duration of the 2022 construction season in connection with the King Avenue Bridge Replacement Improvements Project. The trail closure is needed to allow for safe construction of the new King Avenue bridge over the Little Miami River, the bridge carrying Grandin Road over the trail, new trail parking lot, and the trail relocation. If there are safe opportunities to temporarily reopen the trail at times during this period, access maybe provided with the use of gravel and temporary fencing, this temporary access would only be for pedestrians or walking with a bike through the construction zone. Access from the trail to the Peter’s Cartridge Factory and to Cartridge Brewing will be maintained at all times from the southwest.

The trail closure will have advance warning signs for the bikers and pedestrians placed at the nearest trailhead locations.

The Warren County Engineer’s Office understands that the closure of the trail at this location is an inconvenience to the public, however it is necessary to safely construct the project improvements. Your cooperation during this project is greatly appreciated.

For more information, visit http://www.wceo.us or contact WCEO at (513) 695-3301. Please continue to check our website for project updates.

ODNR Working to Maintain the Trail--With a Little Help from the Friends

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ODNR has been busy last year and early this year with significant maintenance projects to improve the trail. The projects included dead tree felling, culvert clearing, and cutback of over-growth restricting clearance on the trail.

There were two efforts launched last year to “clear the canopy.” This activity cuts back overhead and trailside branches and limbs to not only ease passage for typical trail users but also to provide clearance for maintenance and emergency vehicles. These efforts were assisted and supported by several volunteers from The Friends group. ODNR also enlisted the help and support of local townships and ODOT, who brought in their large articulated-arm brush hogging equipment for additional canopy and trailside clearing.

An estimated 200+ dead trees were cut down over a period from late last year into this year. ODNR fired up their chain saws and cut the dead trees down. Volunteers assisted by trimming away branches and helping move the logs and debris off the trail and berm. ODNR also brought along a chipper to help reduce some of the branches from the felled trees and other large brush piles along the trail.

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In another effort, ODNR brought in a small excavator to clear and dig out several clogged or partially clogged culverts. This is a time-consuming effort as the excavated material needs to be hauled away to a remote site. This critical task keeps the culverts from backing up and flooding the trail with mud and debris during storms.

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Unfortunately, none of these efforts are one-and-done activities. Mother Nature wants our trail back, and maintaining control to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trail is an ongoing battle.

Many thanks to ODNR and their workers along with the volunteers who supported these activities.

 

April 2022
Tom McCray

Bee Knowledgeable

by Rick Forrester

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Year 2022 will be a good year for bees down on the trail as FLMSP is installing native Ohio prairies in Oregonia and south of Fosters. We will be asking for volunteers to help in the next few weeks.

Beginning in March and April, bees will start showing up on the trail looking for tree flower buds and early ground flowers, so, bee sure to look for one or more of the approximately 500 species of bees in Ohio. The photo on the left shows a Bumble Bee (Bombus). A few other common Ohio species are pictured below.

Here's how to easily tell the difference between bees, wasps and flies:
Flies have two wings; bees have four wings. Wasps have four wings, but are very slender, usually hairless, and and don’t carry pollen on their legs. Wasps can sting multiple times whereas bees sting only once and leave the barbed stinger with its poison sack in your skin. The bee will then die. Bees are vegetarian, so if the insect you see is eating another insect, it is a fly or wasp.

Be on the lookout for “swarms” where a bee colony has divided and 50% of the bees with a queen are moving to a new location to start a brand new hive. The swarm will look like a rolling boil of thousands of bees hanging on a tree or fence posts. The bees in the swarm are usually not aggressive, as they are not protecting their territory or a hive at this time.

To find a honey beehive in the woods, pioneers would place sugar water in a cup. When the bee takes her fill (worker bees are females), the bee will head straight for the hive. The pioneer would mark the straight line of the flight. They would then move the sugar water to another location, watch the bee, and mark that line. Where the two lines intersect is where the hive is located. The hives are usually in a burned-out hollow tree.

Bee thankful for bees as they are critical to our food supply. Next time you are on the trail, take a moment to spot some of our flying furry friends!

Below: 

Honey Bee (Apis mellifera),  Leaf Cutting Bee (Megachile)
Sweat Bee type 1 (Halictidae), Seat Bee type 2 (Halictidae)

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More bee identification photos are available at Pollinator.org

Some source material from Ohio State University in cooperation with Pollinator Partnership.

 

March 2022

Safe Trails: Be Nice. Trails are for Everyone.

ShareTrail RTC

The Rails-to-Trails conservancy (RTC) serves as the national voice for the rail-to-trail movement and works to bring the power of trails to communities across the country. RTC’s mission includes “reimagining public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors.”
RTC has published a series of short, humorous videos to emphasize the power of trail sharing under the byline “Be nice. Trails are for Everyone.” These videos, which can be accessed here, provide the following tips:

   1. Use Safe Speeds
   2. Keep Right, Pass Left
   3. Standing Still? Stand Aside
   4. Mind Your Pets
   5. Be Alert
   6. Know and Follow the Rules

The last tip recognizes the fact that rules vary from trail to trail. Among specific rules (available here) for the Little Miami State Park are the following:
   1. Obey the speed limit of 20mph.
   2. Call out “on your left” when passing.
   3. Walk your pet on a leash no longer than six feet and maintain control of your pet at all times.
   4. Do not wear headphones or earphones while cycling.

RTC’s tips provide some useful, specific guidance for using and sharing the trail safely. These six rules and a variety of others can be summed up in just two words—be nice!

Safe Trails: Return to Trail Checklist

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Are you ready for some baseball--oops, warmer weather--to get back out on the Little Miami Scenic Trail? Before you take to the trail this late winter and early spring, review this checklist to ensure you are ready for a safe and enjoyable experience.

o Cross with Care: Come to a complete stop before at road crossing stop signs. Never assume that the road will be clear and that you will not need to stop, no matter how much you are enjoying making time on the trail. Check both ways, looking left, then right, then left again. Do not cross until you are entirely confident that you can do so safely. Cross quickly while continuing to observe the state of traffic.

o Check your Equipment: Are your bicycle brakes, wheels and tires in good working order? Consider taking your bike to a local shop for a tune-up. If your helmet is more than 5-10 years old or has been involved in a crash, replace it. Ensure your helmet is properly sized and adjusted to fit level on your head and low on your forehead.

o Review Trail Etiquette: Announce “passing on your left” and provide a wide berth when passing others. Slow down when approaching others, especially those with young children or pets. When stopped, move off of the trail. Walk or ride in single file when encountering others.

Warm days are coming soon. The trail beckons. Baseball will have to wait.

 

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March 2022

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