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Wildlife Conservation Kentucky, Inc (WCK, Inc.) is a private, not-for-profit organization focused on local biodiversity conservation and the development of Split Rock Conservation Park, a facility to offer quality conservation education opportunities to local students. This type of facility is unique to the area and will provide Northern Kentucky and the surrounding community a valuable, educational resource.
The sight we now know as “Split Rock” has been the object of human fascination and interest for thousands of years. The unique glacial formation is an outwash from the Illinoian glacier that extended into Northern Kentucky hundreds of thousands of years ago. No other site in the area offers better access to evidence of how our landscape was formed. This ancient rareity has seen the birth of the Ohio River and the mass extinctions of the Plistocene megafauna. Its prominent position on the Ohio River was no doubt the subject of curiosity and spiritual interest for humans for thousands of years. The Split Rock glacial conglomerate is a rare and outstanding example of local glacial geology. Read More »
Scenically located at the junction of Woolper Creek and the Ohio River, the park is just a short ride from the town of Petersburg on state route 20.
From 275 West in Northern Kentucky: take I-275 west to Petersburg (KY 20) exit (exit 11). Bear right from exit onto KY 8 South. Go straight on to KY 20 West. Follow KY 20 west for 5.4 miles into Petersburg. At the stop sign in Petersburg take a left (still KY 20 West). Go 3.2 miles to Split Rock Conservation Park on the Right.
From Florence/Burlington: take Burlington Pike (KY 18). From Burlington go 6.7 miles to KY 20. Take a right on KY 20 and go 3.4 miles. Split Rock is located on the left.
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Michael Meadows, Chair
Mike Meadows holds an MBA and is a CPA in Kentucky and Ohio. He is the Business Manager at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, Kentucky. Mike is also the Chief Financial Officer for WCK, Inc.
Peter Summe, Secretary
Pete Summe is the managing partner of Summe & Lanter, PLLC in Fort Wright, Kentucky. He is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and specializes in Corporate, Real Estate, Probate and Municipal Law.
Mark Jacobs, Treasurer
Mark is a Conservation Technician at the Boone and Kenton County Conservation District. Mark has a degree in anthropology and wildlife management and was the Director of Animal Management at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio until 2001. He returned to Northern Kentucky in January 2002 to start Wildlife Conservation Kentucky, Inc and is the Executive Director of Split Rock Conservation Park.
Jeff has worked in the environmental field for over 17 years. Jeff was the Environmental Director/President of Corporate Compliance, LLC which specializes in corporate environmental compliance, and was Senior Environmental Manager at Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
Ann Gunkel, Ph.D.
Ann has been the Program Chair for Environmental Engineering Technology at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College since 1993. In 1995, she received the Ohio Alliance for the Environment’s Educator’s Award for Distinguished Service in the Environmental Field for the development of the Environment Engineering Technology Program (EVET), her involvement with professional environmental organizations across the country and for her community outreach activities.
Mary is Vice President of Stock Yards Bank & Trust. She also serves on the Development and Fundraiser Committees for Split Rock Conservation Park.
David A. Geohegan, AICP, is the Director of Planning Services at the Boone County Planning Commission. Dave received a B.A. in Geography at the University of Cincinnati in1984 and earned a Masters Degree in Community Planning at the University of Cincinnati in1986.
As Director of Planning Services, Dave administers all Long Range Planning efforts in Boone County, representing the County and the cities of Florence, Union, and Walton. Dave is in charge of updating the Comprehensive Plan, preparing corridor plans, recreation plans and transportation plans, and assists with development reviews and Historic Preservation. He is currently leading Greenway planning efforts in Boone County. He serves with Christian youth ministry and outdoor adventures.
Chris has worked as an engineer for over 11 years and is the Supervising Engineer in charge of Gas Systems Engineering and Construction for Duke Energy. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Kentucky and Ohio and is a Member of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers.
Gabrielle is an Assistant Kenton County Attorney and has been with the Kenton County Attorney’s office for sixteen years. Prior to becoming an attorney, Gabrielle worked in marketing and public relations and continues give her time and talents to various community charities and non-profits. She is on the Grants Committee and Website Development Committee for Split Rock Conservation Park.
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