Strengthening Community Involvement
For nearly half a century, River Fields has worked to strengthen community involvement and knowledge about environmental issues by working closely with local citizens, organizations and the news media.
River Fields views the Ohio River Corridor as one large neighborhood comprised of many smaller ones. Our goal is to educate our neighbors about the many issues facing this community. We take seriously our mission to protect and preserve the natural, historical and cultural resources of the river corridor on behalf of all our neighbors.
In addition, River Fields educates area decision makers, at all levels, on the importance of the river, open space protection as well as on growth issues that might jeopardize these resources.
We accomplish our educational work in a variety of ways:
- our periodic newsletters and email alerts, distributed to over 800 citizens throughout the region;
- our website;
- written materials about land conservation;
- papers on various policy matters impacting the region;
- presentations to citizens’ organizations and civic groups;
- school and organization presentations;
- media releases on current issues;
- citizen workshops;
- nature walks and tours of properties that have been preserved forever;
- one-on-one meetings with key decision makers throughout the region.
River Fields regularly informs and educates citizens, civic leaders and legislators about issues that impact the greater Louisville region. Recent issues include:
- Empowering neighbors to resist harmful development;
- Reforming transportation decision-making;
- Warning about rising costs and budgets of the Ohio River Bridges Project;
- Correcting unacceptable impacts of the new Kennedy Interchange; and
- Improving Louisville’s air quality.
In addition to informing area citizens about policy matters impacting the region, River Fields works collaboratively with the Statewide Land Trust Coalition and regularly interacts with other land protection organizations across the country.