Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Undoubtedly, Wallace Edwards thought of this parable when he envisioned land conservation in the Four Mile Creek Valley. It was 1994 when Edwards, along with Miami faculty members Dwight Baldwin and Orie Loucks, organized what would become the Three Valley Conservation Trust. Last month, Three Valley Trust members, friends and staff gathered at the Trust’s Ruder Preserve to dedicate a swamp white oak tree planted in memory of Orie Loucks (1931-2016), professor at Miami University from 1989 – 2002.
Professor emeritus Mark Boardman, chair of the Three Valley Trust, unveiled the memorial marker.