Wild OnesŪ - Louisville Chapter Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 3 (Quarterly)
- Table of Contents
- Recent Club Activity
- Wild Ones in the Park
More Volunteer Opportunities
Members / Photos
Chapter News for 1999
Wild Ones Louisville Chapters Contact List
Board Members and Newsletter Committee
Recent Club Activity
Wild Ones shared a booth with the KY Native
Plant Program for this two day event on September 12th & 13th. Kudos
go to the following members who volunteered to take shifts at the booth: Kent Gootee,
John and Cheri Warren, Phyllis Croce, John Swintosky, Penelope Morton, Judith McCandless,
Wanda Falks, Mike Smiley, Jerry and Portia Brown, Elaine Boyd, and Mary Clark-Coty.
Special thanks to John and Cheri Warren who provided a table and chairs and display set-up
and Richard Wolford for donating a flat of Rattlesnake Master plants as new
membership incentives for the booth. Plants not given as a new member gift were made
available to the volunteer helpers. This was a great opportunity to provide
information to the public about natural landscaping. A great big Wild Ones Thank
you goes to each person who helped with this event.
- About 25 to 30 people attended the September 17th general
meeting at Iroquois Park. We toured the prairie and wetland restoration site,
now in it's third year of establishment. Most of the native grasses are already well
established; these include Big Bluestem, Indiangrass, Little Bluestem,
Broomsedge, Sideoats Grama and Prairie Cordgrass. Among the wild flowers and
legumes, we saw Downy Sunflower, Black-eyed Susan, Ironweed, Partridge Pea, and
Rattlesnake Master. Of the wetland plants we saw Cardinal Flower, Great Blue
Lobelia, Soft-stem Bulrush, Cattails, and Sedges.
Community Leadership Alliance Picnic: Thanks to John and
Cheri Warren again! They single handedly did the Wild Ones booth at this
event. John said it was a lot of fun and he handed out a ton of literature and spoke
to a lot of people about native plants and natural landscaping.
The next Wild Ones Louisville Chapter meeting will be at Spalding
University on January 21, 1999 at 6:30 PM in the Egan Leadership Center at Fourth
and Breckinridge Streets. See the map below for more detailed
directions to the meeting.
Thomas G. Barnes Ph.D. will speak on native plants for habitat restoration
and natural landscaping. Dr. Barnes is an associate professor and extension
wildlife specialist in the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky. He is a
valuable source of information on birds and other wildlife as well as the plants that
sustain them. He has authored numerous books and articles on the subject and has a
fantastic slide show.
University of Kentucky : Department of Forestry
H. Graves, Interim Chair, Extension Professor; Ph.D. (1974) University of Kentucky. (email@example.com)
General Extension Areas - Forestry, Wood Industry Conflict Resolution, and
Reclamation: surface mine reclamation, wood resource utilization and marketing,
value-added secondary wood product development and high value tree establishment systems
for surface mine reclamation.
Spalding University - Campus Map (Egan Leadership Center is Building #8)
Wild Ones in the Park
Wild Ones will be assisting the Louisville/Jefferson County Parks
Department and the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy in their efforts to control
invasive exotic plants and restore native plant communities in Cherokee Park. Wild Ones is
adopting a triangle of park near the Eastern Parkway Entrance to Cherokee Park. The
triangle is bounded by the Parks Scenic Loop, Cherokee Road and Barney Avenue. The
work will involve mostly removing large shrubs (honeysuckle, privet, burning bush), vines
(oriental bittersweet, japanese honeysuckle) and trash in the area, stabilizing the area
and replanting with native species (hopefully transplanted from rescue operations).
DATES SET: January 30th, Saturday Noon to 3:00 pm (weather
February 27th, Saturday Noon to 3:00 pm (weather permitting)
Park on Eastern Parkway and meet at the Daniel Boone Monument. Wild Ones member, Linda
Sanford, of the Park Champions Program, will direct us in removing invasive plants. Bring
your own gloves and hand tools. Park Champions will supplement our tool supply.
More Volunteer Opportunities
The LOUISVILLE NATURE CENTER is asking for volunteers to help in
their efforts to control invasive exotic plants. Call Jack Still at 458-1328 to volunteer.
Work sessions are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on the following Saturdays: January 16
mark exotics to be removed
February 6, February 20, and March 6 exotic removal
Tom Barnes is looking for volunteers to help collect native genotype
prairie seed over the next several years to restore a former corn/soybean field in Logan
county. The University of Kentucky will be deeded the 105 acres that the landowner has
expressed interest in restoring to native prairie. Logan county is in the south central
part of the state just west of Bowling Green. This part of the state had significant area
of prairie prior to settlement. Anyone interested can contact Tom by phone at 606-257-8633
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.EDU.
Wally Roberts, President of the Natural History
Society, will give a talk on February 4th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Louisville
Nature Center (LNC) on Seasonal Biodiversity of the Southern
Applachians. Admission is free to LNC members and $5 for non-members. The Nature
Center is located in Joe Creason Park adjacent to the Beargrass Creek State Nature
Preserve at 3745 Illinois Avenue.
John Swintosky up to his ears in Cattails at the Iroquois
Major Waltman checks out the Indiangrass at the Iroquois
Chapter News for
Membership continues to
blossom! As of December 13, 1998 the Wild Ones National headquarters has confirmed 82
members for the Louisville Chapter!!! When you consider that we started out with a handful
of people at the first organizational meeting on March 26, 1998, it is really exciting to
see this level of interest in such a short time.
The local officers and board members had a long but fruitful planning meeting on
December 2nd. We began studying organizational and support material provided by
the Wild Ones National headquarters and planned some changes to help our chapter conform
more closely to national procedures. Four major decisions were made at this meeting:
Beginning with 1999 we will hold MONTHLY MEETINGS on the 3rd Tuesday of each
month, starting February 16th at the Louisville Nature Center (LNC). LNC will
be our home base for now
and especially during the colder weather. As the weather
warms up well plan more outdoor meetings. The standard 3rd
Tuesday meeting time will be 7:00 p.m. The monthly meetings will provide informal
opportunities for members to meet and share information. It occurs to us that we have a
number of members who could lead a program for a monthly meeting. We still plan to have
more formal quarterly meetings with special speakers or events. (NOTE: The January Meeting
remains as previously scheduled for 6:30 pm, Thursday January 21st at Spalding
To present a slate of officers/board members and to call for additional nominations in
this newsletter. Ballots (a pre-addressed fold-over) will be distributed at the January
meeting and mailed to members not in attendance at the January meeting. Ballots will be
counted at the February meeting. The term of office will begin in February and run through
December 1999 to conform to the Wild Ones National headquarters procedure. Officer
nominations for 2000 will be taken again at the November 1999 meeting. December 1999 will
be an overlap/handoff month and the next term of office will begin in January 2000.
We voted to allow committee chairpersons to have voting status on the local chapter
We agreed that we do not want to be a political organization and do not want to lobby
against anything. We do however, want to be a positive voice in favor of environmentally
sound natural landscaping practices.
Richard Wolford has resigned from the Board citing time constraints that prevent
him from being more active with the board. Richard remains a faithful member and we
appreciate his help in the formative months of 1998.
Welcome two new board members:
John Swintosky, Landscape Architect with the Louisville/Jefferson County Parks
Era MacDonald, former Vice President of the Frankfort Chapter who has moved to
Local Chapter Election:
The current officers and board members have prepared the following slate of
officers for your consideration. Anyone wishing to serve as an officer, board member,
chairperson or committee member is encouraged to submit a nomination to our PO Box or call
by Janaury 16th. We VERY MUCH need a Secretary to take minutes of meetings and
correspond with the National Chapter. If you have these skills, please let us know. The
slate of Officers and Board Members for 1999 is:
President: Portia Brown
Vice President: Mike Smiley
Treasurer: Open for Nominations
Secretary: Open for Nominations
At-large-board members: Kathy Lowrey and John Swintosky
Program Chairperson: Linda Sanford
Education Chairperson: Era MacDonald
Volunteer Coordinator: John Warren
Newsletter Chairperson: Mike Smiley
Web Master: Pat McClendon
*If no nominations are received and none of these positions are contested then the
slate will go as it stands here and ballots will not be mailed to the general membership
- Nominations for officers/board members are being taken through January 16th. Anyone
interested in serving as an officer, board member, chairperson, or committee member is
encouraged to submit a nomination. See page three for further details.
- WildOnesKY is still looking for a secretary. Anyone interested please contact Mike
Smiley or Portia Brown.
- This is the last newsletter that will be sent to those who have not paid their dues.
- Send us your e-mail addresses, if you have one..
To contact us:
Wild Ones - Louisville (Kentucky) Chapter
P. O. BOX 5512,
Louisville, KY 40255-0512
Portia Brown, Phone: 454-4007
Wild Ones - Natural Landscapers,
P. O. Box 1274
Appleton, WI 54913-1274
Web Site: http://www.for-wild.org/
A Voice for the Natural Landscaping Movement