Advocating Thoughtful Use of Our Hillsides

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Acres of Greater Cincinnati Hillsides Preserved


The story of our Greater Cincinnati hillsides begins with a beautiful pattern of rivers and greenery formed thousands of years ago by three different glaciers. These hillsides and river systems give the region its unique visual personality and contribute greatly to our quality of life.

Beautiful and fragile, the Greater Cincinnati area is prone to costly landslides. Concern over this problem is increasing as the scarcity of land gives rise to pressures to build. The landslide-prone nature of our hillsides is not the only concern. The forested hillsides form ribbons of green open space, and are a valuable element of environmental quality, providing wildlife habitat and migration corridors.

The hillsides form an integral part of the natural fabric of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. First-time visitors are often struck by the dramatic relief in topography, and the stunning overlooks of picture postcard proportions.

The Hillside Trust’s mission is accomplished through research and education, land conservation, and advocacy of responsible land use serving: Cincinnati and Hamilton County, along with the surrounding counties of Clermont, Campbell, Kenton, and Boone.

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The Hillside Trust, for me, has always represented a thoughtful use of hillsides. It’s in our mission, and it’s alive in every meeting of the Board. In becoming experts on the structure of our hillsides, it is natural that we can serve a critical role in helping individuals, companies, agencies, and local government to both make and keep Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky an amazing place to live.

- Kristin McLane

Past Board Member, Hillside Trust

Fourth Annual Pope Coleman Awards


The Hillside Trust is pleased to be hosting its 4th Annual Pope Coleman Awards on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at the View At Mt. Adams. This year’s honorees are Bill Burwinkel, Jan Portman and Hope Taft.

Roxanne Qualls is the Master of Ceremony and Dave Schmitt, executive director of The Mill Creek Alliance is the keynote speaker.

Individual ticket prices for the event are $125.00 per person. Additional details can be found in this brochure and sponsor card. To attend, please download the Registration Card and Reservation Card and return them by April 5, 2024. You can pay electronically using the button below.


Pope Coleman Award

Our Properties

Reemelin Road

Reemelin Road

Location: Reemelin Rd in Green Township Size: 13.1 acres Acquired: 2019 in fee simple by way of grant from the Clean Ohio Fund...

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Juran Easement

Juran Easement

Location: Grandin Rd - Hyde Park Cincinnati, OH Size: 1.254 acres Acquired: 2018 Features: adjacent to Joseph and Mary Stern...

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Goltra Preserve

Goltra Preserve

Location: Brokaw and Baltimore Avenues - Westwood, Cincinnati, OH Size: 67.94 acres Acquired: 1986, 14 acres by fee simple gift...

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Hillside Trust Landslide Documentary

Living with Landslides,” the documentary film commissioned by The Hillside Trust, aired on WCPO-TV Channel 9 in prime time, Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 9 pm.

Director & Producer Laure Quinlivan and her team spent two years filming landslide damage and interviewing homeowners in Milford, Mt. Washington, North Avondale, Bellevue, Clifton, and East End.  The film also documents the two-year $18M fix to Columbia Parkway and showcases remediation efforts.

Eric Russo, Executive Director of The Hillside Trust, is a featured expert.

The Hillside Trust raised private funds to support this film.  We thank the H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank Co-Trustees, for their generous lead donation.  Other funders include The Stephen H. Wilder Foundation, The Maxwell C. Weaver Foundation, The William P. Anderson Foundation, The Louise Taft Semple Foundation, and The Oliver Family Foundation.

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Living with Landslides Full Documentary

Landslide Hot Zone

Landslides Costs

Landslides Prevention

Hillside Trust Autumn 2023 Edition of Outlook

Hillside Trust Winter 2024 Outlook

The 4th annual Pope Coleman Awards


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