Sustainability Roundtable: David Wicks - The Ohio River Recreational Trail

When Feb 15, 2019
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
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Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our guest on February 15th will be David Wicks, President and Founder of River City Paddle Sports. David will be speaking on The Ohio River Recreational Trail: Trail Planning and Sustainable Ecotourism. On a 250 mile stretch of the Ohio River from Portsmouth to Louisville, river towns, sportsman and the three state governments are coming to together to enhance safety, access and environmental quality on our river. The Trail consists of two main sections:

  • Section A: 115 miles from Portsmouth (Ohio River Mile 356) to Cincinnati (Ohio River Mile 471) including the Meldahl and Markland U.S. Army Corps pools
  • Section B: 159 miles from Cincinnati (Ohio River Mile 471) to Louisville (Ohio River mile 600) and on to West Point (Ohio River Mile 630) including the Markland, McAlpine and Cannelton pools

The Ohio River Recreational Trail planning will use the U.S. National Park Service standards as identified in the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. The Ohio River Recreational Trail will:

  • Promote tourism, safety, respect for private lands, and a “Leave No Trace” ethic while facilitating both long distance and local paddling, power boating, fishing and cycling along the Ohio River
  • Provide increased access to the Ohio by collaborating with local governments, recreation organizations and commercial user groups
  • Coordinate with county and municipal travel and tourism entities to ensure the largest possible impact on retail, lodging and food sales while providing a high-quality experience for paddlers, cyclists, anglers and boaters
  • Work with the state wildlife and natural resources agencies in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio to promote Ohio River fishing, boating, hunting, cycling, bird watching and nature appreciation

The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Daniel DeCaro.

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