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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

Second Annual Pope Coleman Awards


Please join us for the Hillside Trust’s second annual Pope Coleman Awards. This event celebrates the champions of sensitive hillside development, hillside protection, and hillside advocacy efforts.

  • When: Thursday, April 21, 2022
  • Where: Anderson Pavilion on the Banks
  • This year’s honorees include: Bill Hopple, Brewster Rhoads, and Jim and Eileen Schenk
  • Keynote Speaker: Paul Muller, AIA, Executive Director, Cincinnati Preservation Association

To attend, please download this PDF invite and return it by April 8, 2022. 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

Landslide damages and remediation work have been filmed in Milford, Mt. Washington, North Avondale, Bellevue, and the East End, along with documentation of the Columbia Parkway stabilization work. The film’s producer, Laure Quinlivan is now beginning to interview experts in the fields of geology, geomorphology and landsliding, as well as setting up interviews with government officials.

The Hillside Trust has raised $35,000 in support of this project. This includes grants from The Stephen H. Wilder Foundation, The Maxwell C. Weaver Foundation, The William P. Anderson Foundation, The Louise Taft Semple Foundation, The Oliver Family Foundation, and The H.B., E.W., and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees. The Hillside Trust needs to raise an additional $50,000 in order to complete this $85,000 project. It has set a target completion date of Summer, 2022.

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North Avondale Landslide

Eric Russo, the executive director of the Hilliside Trust, was recently quoted in WCPO's article - North Avondale residents launch construction...

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Hillside Trust Autumn 2021 Outlook

Autumn 2021 Outlook

Finalists for the Second Annual Pope Coleman Awards


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