Aldo Leopold Award

Rachael Carson Award












Like us on

Creek Sweep



Proposed subdivision at 1200 S. English Station Road for 145 lots on about 49 acres. For more details see the public notice.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:00pm

The Reformed Baptist Church, 3400 Wilderness Trail (off Taylorsville Road)

Proposed subdivision east of Echo Trail (former Eisenbach farm) for 586 lots on about 213 acres. For more details see the public notice.

Ascension Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 13725 Shelbyville Road

Jeff Frank, Bert Stocker and I met with Maria Koetter, Director of Mayor's Office of Sustainability on Friday at 1:00 P.M.
   Unfortunately, her office is only focused on TREES, Climate Change, CITY/URBAN Trees.
   There is really no agency but MSD, Health Dept.,Frankfort KY Div of Water and US EPA overseeing water in our creeks and Louisville Water Company for drinking water.
   I followed up with an email to her that included some things like:  
Since your focus is more on trees and climate change, I hope we gave enough information to let you see what is happening to the landscape in the Floyds Fork Watershed. And it is a lot of tree removal that can change not just the temperature but also shift wind patterns. 
   The quantities of trees mentioned were huge losses. The 80,000 trees on just one parcel.
   Maria, KY is losing 17% of Ash Trees due to the Emerald Ash Borer that I don't believe has been factored in to calculations for remaining trees that are kept on parcels slated for development.
   When I worked (one of 15 of us) for 2 years on the LDC, the Tree Advisory Committee sat in some of our meetings and I attended a few of their meetings. I am glad Mayor Fischer is forming a Tree Commission and that Cindy Sullivan has Trees Louisville!
   We really need the tree canopy to shade our streams and to hold the soil in place.
   Many hundreds of acres are being gobbled up and the South Floyds Fork Plan by Fregonese Associates covers 44,000 acres.

   I've continued to voice that removal of a large tree and planting 5 itty-bitty ones is not comparable for Tree Canopy. It will take those small trees 10-20 years to replace the tree canopy. This is an awful flaw and not scientifically correct.
   Thanks again for listening to our concerns.
   Mayor Fischer said Jeff O'Brien or Ms. Milliken ? would be good to speak with; however, I know Jeff already met with Ms. Milliken (not sure of spelling). 
   I'll pursue to speak with Jeff O'Brien, though.

Thanks again for allowing us to meet with you.

   Randall, if I find out more, I will let you know. Jeff was perturbed and mentioned filing a law suit in the meeting.
   I know you are glad to be away from Louisville!
Teena Halbig
Planning Chair
Floyds Fork Environmental Association - since 1991
6505 Echo Trail
Louisville, KY 40299
502 267-6883
502 777-5192

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Noon


Dear Floyds Fork Environmental Association(SW428),

The Kroger Co. Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to the local neighborhoods we call home. Our stores are on a mission to go beyond being a part of the community to also helping create a stronger community. We appreciate your participation in our Community Rewards program to help accomplish that mission!

We have recently upgraded our Community Rewards system, and as a result, your Non-Profit Organization (NPO) has a new account number. (SW428) Please reference the new number when contacting us for assistance. We recommend communicating this new number to your members, and updating any marketing materials with this change. While the previous number will continue to be associated with your organization, it will not be visible to your members when enrolling. New members can enroll by searching for either the new number or the name of your organization.

If you have any questions, please email kcr24@kroger.com or visit our website at http://www.kroger.com .

Thank you for being such an important organization in our community,

Community Rewards Staff.

Contact Us


Floyds Fork Environmental Assoc.

c/o Sheron Lear

PO Box 91041

Louisville, KY 40291

(502) 499-5974




Webmaster Ray Ehlers


Developers Say People, Glade Cress Can Coexist In Louisville; Experts Doubt It

There are only about 50 distinct glade cress populations in the world — and all of them are in Jefferson and Bullitt counties. 

When the U.S. listed the plant as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, it noted development as the most significant threat facing glade cress. Read more.

































Look what happened.

        FFEA works in Bullitt County with Neighbors fighting Rogers Rock Quarry to keep this business further away from their homes in a karst area along Floyds Fork Creek and for more transparency from the company for a few years. Teena said, "Only with the great help of Tom FitzGerald, Director of Kentucky Resources Council's legal expertise was this outcome possible (see his Newsletter article of 9-1-17). 

    Chris Sansbury, neighborhood leader of Bullitt Citizens NeighborhoodS Coalition said, "KRC and a community effort by neighbors, Teena Halbig and the FLOYDS FORK ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCIATION made all those things possible!"

KRC Newsletter article of 9-1-17:

Rogers Group dba Bullitt County Stone

A settlement agreement in non-coal permit challenge brought by Chris Sansbury and Grover Vorbrink against Bullitt County Stone will result in additional protections for Petitioners and their neighborhood outside of Shepherdsville.

Under the Settlement, the Petitioners gain the ability to enforce compliance by Rogers with zoning restrictions that had previously been enforceable only by the City of Hillview.  Additionally, a 1,000-foot setback on any surface operations or facilities, excepting ventilation shafts required by MSHA can be within 750 feet provided that they are bermed to limit noise.  A state permit amendment is required for any proposed surface operations or facilities.  All residents on Castlerock Drive will be offered a pre-blast survey, and Rogers will share a blasting schedule and provide email notice for any unscheduled blasts.  Finally, certain roads are agreed upon as off-limits for truck traffic, and the parties have agreed to monthly local meetings to share information and concerns – an effort to build a more positive relationship apart from regulatory matters.

In a recent email, Chris Sansbury reported that the pre-blast surveys had been completed and that they had begun the neighborhood meetings with Rogers.  He said “I am optimistic that things will continue to improve because of the meetings you made possible!”














South Floyds Fork Area Study

The South Floyds Fork Area Study is an ongoing process resulting in a visionary plan that will provide guidance for authentic, healthy, equitable, sustainable, and well-connected growth in the South Floyds Fork area. The recently completed 4,000 acre Parklands of Floyds Fork is a transcendent asset for Louisville that includes four major parks linked by a park drive, an urban trail system, and watershed. The Parklands will spur development and increase population in the area. The South Floyds Fork Area Plan will serve as a guide for future development and infrastructure investments in and around the study area.  

Louisville Metro has contracted Fregonese Associates as the lead consultant to facilitate this process. An Advisory Group has been recommended by Metro Councilman Stuart Benson, and appointed by Mayor Fischer, to assist in the guidance of this update.


Click here to find organizational chart of the South Floyds ForkThe approximate study area is bordered by Bardstown Road and Shelbyville Road to the north and south and the Gene Snyder Expressway and the county line to the west and east.The first neighborhood advisory group meeting of the South Floyds Fork Area Plan will be held Wednesday, August 2nd from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor community room of the Jeffersontown Fire Department (10540 Watterson Trail). This meeting is open to the public.













Bluebird Box Outing finds Bugs, Bees, Critters and BIRDS!

Photos courtesy of Barbara Woerner

1. Praying mantis that is brown (different species than the green ones)

2. Bee on vegetation - photo so good you can see the pollen on the bee!

3. Frog defending any bird coming to nest in this Bluebird box! Actually, these frogs continue to be in the opening of two bird boxes on numerous outings!

4. Carolina Wren offspring? - these nestlings might be 2 days old and are very hungry!! Mother heard nearby

5.  American Snout  Butterfly

























    Do your part to help stop the spread of tick-borne disease by catching and sending ticks to the Bay Area Lyme Foundation.

    Put the tick (dead or alive) in a ziplock bag, along with a wet cotton ball or paper towel. 

Fill out an information card, provided online at www.bayarealyme.org, then send it all in. 

Reference:  Courier-Journal Parade Picks, 5-7-17 











“Pet Care”

By Dr. Pat Kennedy

Fern Creek Medical Center, 6902 Bardstown Road, Lou. 40291, 499-6535

Jefferson Animal Center, 4504 Outer Loop, Lou. 40219, 966-4104, Open 24 hrs.

www.jeffersonanimanhospitals.com, www.LouisvilleVets.com//

#LouisvilleVets, @LouisvilleVets//

Q:  I just found a tick on my puppy?  Help! How do I get it off safely and can I catch anything?

A:  Springtime is definitely the peak time for Ticks and yes, there are several serious diseases that both you and your pet can suffer from.   There are 15 species of ticks in North America but only a few that can affect you or your dog: the American Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, Deer or Blacklegged tick and Brown Dog Tick.   Ticks can transmit Lyme disease,Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Anaplasmosis,  all serious diseases of people and pets

There are several excellent preventatives for your pets such as Seresto Flea/tick collar, Frontline Plus, Brevecto and Nexguard.  Walking through the woods or tall grass is a quick way to have ticks attach to your body or your pet.  We recommend vaccinating your dog for Lyme disease if you do any camping, hunting or walking in the woods. 

Removing a tick with blunt tweezers or disposable gloves is recommended. If you must use your fingers, shield them with a tissue or paper towel.   Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible, reducing the possibility of the head detaching which may increase the chances of infection. Do not twist or jerk the tick but pull straight out.  Applying some medicinal alcohol can cause the tick to loosen its grip.  Wash your hands after removing the tick and be sure to check all over your pet’s body for additional parasites. Check our website www.jeffersonanimalhospital.com/library for more information about ticks and tick borne diseases.

Q: Both of my dogs and my cat go out in my back yard.  What are some of the potential problems this Spring that I should be aware of?

A:  This is a GREAT question. Garden toxins such as fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides can be a big problem. Although pesticides are much safer than 30 years ago, they often can cause vomiting and diarrhea.  And fertilizers often contain iron which can be a problem. Check the ingredients list and look for antidote instructions.

Moldy foods that your pet finds outdoors can create huge problems if your pet gets into your compost bin that has decomposed dairy or meat products. Symptoms can start within 30 minutes including panting, drooling, nausea and tremors.

Mole and gopher baits are very toxic to your pet.   It only takes a very small amount to cause significant and often fatal effects. They contain zinc phosphide or bromethalin and there is no antidote.  The bromethalin baits are often found as a gummy worm shaped strip.

Snail and slug baits contain metaldehyde and can be pellets, powder, granules or liquid. They cause extreme tremor, seizures and fever.  Treatment requires intensive care hospitalization.

Mulch can be toxic as well as cause an obstruction in the bowels.  Cocoa bean mulch is the worst due to the methylzanthine (theobromine and caffeine) content.

If you change your car’s antifreeze or coolant solutions this Spring, be aware that these products are highly fatal to dogs and cats if they drain into in your driveway.  Even a drop can be fatal if ingested by your pet.  It’s sweet tasting and odorless and contains Ethylene Glycol.  Signs can occur within 30 minutes including incoordination, seizures, coma and death.  Time is critical to start any treatments so please call us as soon as you are aware of your pet’s possible ingestion.    And ask your local auto and grocery story to stock non-toxic antifreeze products.

Some vegetable plants are not safe for pets.   Tomato plants (not the ripe fruit) can cause gastrointestinal irritation ataxia and weakness.   Rhubarb leaves can cause kidney failure in large doses.   Onions and garlic can result in red blood cell destruction and anemia.  Grapes and raisins can cause acute kidney failure.  Wild mushrooms can cause vomiting/diarrhea and neurological symptoms in people and animals.

To be safe always call one of the Pet Poison Control Numbers:  ASPCA 888-426-4435, Pet Poison Helpline 800-213-6680. If you suspect your pet may have ingested a chemical or toxin, there is a fee for contacting these services but the advice and treatment recommendations can be lifesaving for your pet.

































FFEA's Bluebird Trails Project

Bluebird eggs

Wikipedia 2-23-2017

Male Eastern Bluebird

By William H. Majoros - Own work

Will you help feed the Bluebirds?  

Can you make a donation toward the plantings for food?

FFEA will be providing plantings for winter food due to the lack of insects to forage on in colder weather.

Winter food sources are dogwood, hawthorn, wild grapes, sumac and hackberry seeds. Feel free to donate a tree! or provide funds for them

Also Fosteri #2 (female) holly provides lots of berries for late winter and early spring

American Bittersweet

FFEA Bluebird Project Volunteers would like to have several dogwood trees to plant. Would you want to volunteer to help plant the trees?        We welcome your help!

If you want to become an FFEA member, that is also appreciated

Facts about Eastern Bluebirds:

broods are typically 2 per season