Field Trip – Red Stone Farm
Leader: Jacob Bartley
Jacob is a Restoration Ecologist that has worked in the wetland and stream restoration/enhancement industry for 20 years. He is the owner of an ecological consulting firm known as Plum Hill Ecological Services, based out of Northern Kentucky. His expertise includes wetlands restoration and many other habitat enhancement projects. He serves as the project director of the Red Stone Farm Wetland Mitigation Bank, where just a portion of their construction and restoration activities have included hand-planting 27,000 native trees and hand seeding over 500 lbs of native perennial wetland seeds. The goal of this effort is to restore some of the historic forested wetland ecosystem known as the Beech Flats that once dominated this region of southern Ohio and to conserve it for perpetuity.
Directions: Address is 610 Frost Rd. Hillsboro, Ohio 45133. Site is off State Route 41 near the small town of Cynthiana, OH. Class will meet the instructor at the farm entrance off of Frost Road and then drive back to the Red Stone Wetland site.
Habitat Focus: Swamp Forest.
Time & Meeting Place: Meeting at farm entrance off Frost Rd lot at 9:50am and the hike will begin promptly at 10:00am
Bring: Be sure to pack a bottle of water and bring a day pack for your lunch which will be enjoyed along the trail. Vegetation will be tall in August and mosquitos could be annoying, so be prepared. Also, waterproof boots are a must.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate and approximately 1-2 miles.