Past Events


On Saturday morning, June 10th, a forest restoration project known as the Mary Kathryn Grove, was dedicated at Tower Park in Fort Thomas.  The project was undertaken to remember the late Mary Kathryn Dickerson, who served as the coordinator of the Boone, Kenton and Campbell Conservation Districts for more than 25 years.

More than 20 larger trees were planted in the project area in a forest that had been devastated by the emerald ash borer.  Signs about Ms. Dickerson legacy and about forest ecology were developed and installed as part of the project.

At least 45 people attended the dedication ceremony, which included readings about trees, as well as comments by District supervisors who had worked with Ms. Dickerson.  As the program concluded, Ms. Dickerson’s husband, Bing, thanked everyone and remarked upon how much his wife would have appreciated the project because it reflected her values and love of nature.

The Campbell County Conservation District provided major project funding through a forestry grant.  The regional organization, Taking Root, also provided funds for the purchase of trees though a grant Taking Root received from Duke Energy.  The City of Ft. Thomas generously provided the project site and will help maintain the trees.  The actual planting occurred within an easement in Tower Park that is maintained by NKU’s Center for Environmental Restoration.

Biologists Tara Sturgill, Jessica Spencer and Lorna Harrell comprised the project team.  Many volunteers worked with them to make the project a reality.

Dedication readings

 “As I age in the world it will rise and spread,

and be for this place horizon
and orison, the voice of its winds.
I have made myself a dream to dream
of its rising, that has gentled my nights.
Let me desire and wish well the life
these trees may live when I
no longer rise in the mornings
to be pleased with the green of them.”



Think Like a Tree by Karen I. Shragg

Soak up the sun
Affirm life’s magic
Be graceful in the wind
Stand tall after a storm
Feel refreshed after it rains
Grow strong without notice
Be prepared for each season
Provide shelter to strangers
Hang tough through a cold spell
Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring
Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky
Be still long enough to
hear your own leaves rustling.







September 28, 2017 | 8:30am to 3:00pm

 BB Riverboat’s Newport Landing

Event attendees boarded a river boat to learn how developers and contractors can meet sediment erosion control and storm water BMP requirements that protect local waterways.

This day-long workshop began on land with live demonstrations of BMPs led by experts eager to answer questions and share their knowledge. Attendees then boarded the Belle of Cincinnati River Boat for lunch, speaker sessions and panel talks about industry regulations and trends. CEUs will be offered.