Events

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Sep 17, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm
Krohn Fall Show - Ancient Gardeners: Indigenous Earthworks

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Sep 17, 2014 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Northside Farmers' Market

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Sep 17, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hiking Club-Strenuous

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Sep 17, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hiking Club - Easy/Moderate Trail

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Sep 17, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Yappy Hour

Specified areas and trails within Cincinnati Parks will be closed for portions of the fall and winter in order to sustain the natural resources and wildlife within the parks.

Natural Resources/ Deer Management Frequently Asked Questions

 

Purpose of the Deer Management Program:

Reduce (not eliminate) the number of deer in order to restore the health of our parks and to sustain long-term biodiversity and native forest plant species.

 

The Cincinnati Park Board has a responsibility to conserve the natural resources under it's ownership for future generations to enjoy. The overpopulation of deer severely threatens those natural resources by reducing the diversity of plant life, including seedling trees that would become our future forest, and the wildlife that depend upon those resources. We feel that reducing the deer population is a key component of managing our natural resources and maintaining biodiversity.

 

Significant Deer Over Population:

The Park Board has been studying the impact of deer on our parklands for more than a decade. The findings indicate that the deer populations in our parks far exceed the target count of 15 to 20 deer per square mile, as recommended by the State of Ohio Division of Wildlife. Forest regeneration and wildflower studies have determined that the overall health of Cincinnati Park forests, and of the herd itself, is in jeopardy because of deer over population.

History of the Deer Management Program:

Since the winter of 2007, the Cincinnati Park Board has been working to control the deer population that has decimated our native forest plant species. Though the population levels are recommended to be 15 - 20 deer per square mile, the Mt. Airy Forest population had reached 97 deer per square mile, and in California Woods 103 deer per square mile. Stanbery Park, Alms Park, Ault Park, and Magrish Preserve also have significant over population of deer.

 

2014 Wildlife Management Board Report

The public is asked to observe the "Trail Closed" and "Park Area Closed" signs posted in these parks: *ALL SHADED AREAS IN THE CALENDARS ARE THE CLOSED DATES.

1.Mt. Airy Zone D & E (Tanglewood, Bracken Woods, Kirby Woods) - View Calendar

Alternative year round hiking areas: Caldwell Nature Preserve,LaBoiteaux Woods, Buttercup Valley

 

2.Mt. Airy Zone A, B, C, F & G -  View Calendar

Trails will remain OPEN on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Map of OPEN Mt. Airy Trails

Alternative year round hiking areas: Caldwell Nature Preserve,LaBoiteaux Woods, Buttercup Valley

 

3.Magrish Preserve - View Calendar

Alternative year round hiking areas:  Otto Armleder Park & California Woods

 

4.Stanbery Park - View Calendar

Main Trails will remain OPEN daily, except trails in the hunting zone. Only the West section of Park will be closed during weekdays. Please view the Map. All trails are OPEN on the weekends.

Alternative year round hiking areas:  Otto Armleder Park, & California Woods

 

5.California Woods - Closed for night management ONLY at 7pm

 

6.Alms Park - View Calendar

Alternative year round hiking areas:  Otto Armleder Park & California Woods

 

7.Ault Park - View Calendar

Alternative year round hiking areas:  Otto Armleder Park & California Woods

 

Schedule for Fall/Winter 2014 - 2015 Wildlife Management Closings: *ALL SHADED AREAS ARE THE CLOSED DATES.  WHITE DATES ARE OPEN TRAIL DAYS.

PARK LOCATION
CLOSURE DATES
NOTES
Mt. Airy Zone D & E: Bradford Felter's(Kirby Trail) & Tanglewood 9/27/14 - 2/1/15

Calendar

Map

Mt. Airy Zone:Bracken Woods

9/27/14 - 2/1/15

Calendar

Map

Mt. Airy Zone A:Maple Ridge

 

 

9/27/14 - 10/3/14

11/1/14 - 2/1/15

9/27/14 - 10/3/14 - Trails are closed the entire week ONLY in Zone A

Trails are OPEN on Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 11/1/14 - 2/1/15

Calendar

Map

Mt. Airy Zone B: McFarlan Woods

 

 

9/27/14 - 10/3/14

11/1/14 - 2/1/15

Trails are OPEN on Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 11/1/14 - 2/1/15

Calendar

Map

Mt. Airy Zone C:Diehl Road

 

9/27/14 - 10/3/14

11/1/14 - 2/1/15

Trails are OPEN on Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Calendar

Map

Mt. Airy Zone F:West and South of Arboretum to Shepherd Creek Drive

 

9/27/14 - 10/3/14

11/1/14 - 2/1/15

Trails are OPEN on Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Calendar

Map

     

Magrish Riverlands Preserve

 

9/27/14 - 2/1/15

Kayaks & Canoes may still put in at the Magrish access point. You can park at the gate and walk-in.

An alternative is the Otto Armleder access point.

Calendar

Stanbery Park: West Side Lower Area

 

9/29/14 - 1/30/15

All trails OPEN on weekends.

Only the west section lower area will be closed during weekdays.

Map

Calendar

California Woods

9/27/14 - 10/5/14

11/22/14 - 11/30/14

12/27/14 - 1/31/15

*No hunting 12/28/14 & 12/30/14 for Bird Count Program

Closed at 7pm every night

 Ault Park

9/27/14 - 10/3/14

1/25/15 - 2/1/15

Calendar

Map

Alms Park

9/27/14 - 10/3/14

1/25/15 - 2/1/15

Calendar

Map

Drake Park
9/27/14 - 2/1/15 Calendar

Glenway Woods

9/27/14 - 2/1/15 Calendar

Mt. Storm

 

9/27/14 - 10/3/14

11/1/14 - 2/1/15

Calendar

Rawson Woods/Edgewood Preserve

11/1/14 - 2/1/15 Calendar

Miles Edward

 

11/1/14 - 2/1/15 Calendar

Seymour Preserve

 

9/27/14 - 2/1/15

Calendar
Elstun Road

 9/27/14 - 2/1/15

 

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CONTACT: For more information, call Jim Godby, Monday through Friday - 7:30am - 4pm, at 861-9070 x 24.

For questions related to the Cincinnati Parks Hiking Club and scheduled hikes please follow the link: www.hikecincyparks.com

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