Ruthven Nature Preserve dedicated in Mariemont

The public was recently  invited to join the John Ruthven family to celebrate a memorable moment in the history of the Little Miami National Wild & Scenic River, Little Miami Conservancy (LMC).
A special dedication of the LMC Judy and John A. Ruthven Nature Preserve was held June 21 at the Nolan Park Condominium  in Mariemont.
A pre-ceremony mixer was held at 9:30 a.m. followed by the dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. with the unveiling of the preserve sign and comments by John A. Ruthven and friends.
The LMC, founded in 1967 is a 501(c)3 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Little Miami Wild and Scenic River. As many as 500 area families and supporters are part of the LMC which owns 100 nature preserves along the Little Miami and several tributaries, preserving over 12% of the Little Miami’s riverfront forests. An additional 41% of the riverfront lands are protected through public and quasi-public ownership.
The Judy and John A. Ruthven Nature Preserve at Horseshoe Bend is a beautiful 37 acre forested riverfront preserve owned by the Little Miami Conservancy. The preserve lines one half a mile of the Little Miami and is located in Columbia Township immediately downstream from the Mariemont “South 80” Park and Community Gardens.
“The dedication was absolutely eloquent and I can’t even express how honored I was and how honored Judy would have been,” John Ruthven said. “The whole thing was such a surprise to me and I particularly enjoyed comments made by Eric Partee, executive director of the Little Miami Conservancy, LMC trustee Bill Schroeder and Thane Maynard director of the Cincinnati Zoo.”
Another speaker at the dedication was Fred Shaw, a direct descendent of the Shawnee Indians.
Ruthven said there is currently an Adena Indian site on the preserve which is an ongoing artifact dig. He said people can drive right up to the site.
Ruthven operates the Thompson House Art Gallery on Grant Avenue in Georgetown, but currently resides in Mariemont.
“My condominium is only five or ten minutes away from the Nature Preserve,” Ruthven said, “and I look forward to visiting it often. It truly is a beautiful site that offers a quiet, natural solitude and plenty of protected wildlife.”
The preserve will be open for hiking and has a road that encircles the 37 acre area.
For more information on the Little Miami Conservancy please call (513) 965-9344 or to reach Thompson House Gallery, please call (937) 378-4222.