About PBW/Contact

The mission of Preserve Burnet Woods is to protect, promote, celebrate and sustain Burnet Woods as a community-supported greenspace and urban oasis. 


The members of Preserve Burnet Woods (PBW) believe that Burnet Woods has unique ecological assets in our community which should be preserved for generations to come and celebrated in the present. We are members of the surrounding communities, professors, biologists, students, naturalists, photographers, parents and friends. While we initially came together under the voice of our petition in opposition to two development proposals in Burnet Woods, our purpose rapidly blossomed to a care-taking initiative.

Our core group of 35-40 members meets regularly to steer the direction of our efforts, with 21 of those composing our Board of Directors. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

Our 2021-2022 Board Members:

  • Anita Buck, Executive Committee
  • Denis Conover
  • Emilia DiBiasio
  • Bob Driehaus
  • Cynthia Duval, Executive Committee
  • Dave Gressley
  • Lisa Haglund, Habitat Heroes Volunteer Coordinator
  • Annie Hamilton
  • Robert Hyland, Vice President
  • Randy Johnson
  • Brian Keane
  • Erin Lefever
  • Megan Mahon
  • Carol Mundy, Secretary
  • Steve Pelikan, President
  • Sam Settlemyre
  • Steve Slack
  • David Stradling
  • Bridget Taylor
  • Greg Torres
  • Jodie Zultowsky, Treasurer

It is our tenet that the needs of Burnet Woods can be sustained through the efforts of an engaged citizenry, in cooperation with Cincinnati Parks. This model of engagement has been successful in many of our local parks and it is our path.

While change is necessary to maintain park structures and meet the needs of the citizenry wishing to connect with nature in a safe and environmentally sound park, we do not support the ideas of new building construction which occur periodically regarding Burnet Woods (library, restaurant, arts center, woodworking shop).  It is our consensus that alternate solutions are available to meet Park needs and pursue enhancements aligned with the characteristics of an old-growth woods and the Parks’ key initiatives from the 2007 Parks Master Plan.

Blacktop and concrete are the last use of all natural spaces.

We would love to hear your questions, comments and ideas! Please let us know what you think!  Generally, the ease of Facebook/Instant Messenger results in a faster response than email for those on social media.

Our email: ilove.burnet@preserveburnetwoods.org  

Our FB page – send us a message!

Mailing Address:  Preserve Burnet Woods, Inc., PO Box 20191, Cincinnati, OH 45220

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Photo: Northside Fourth of July Parade, 2018. Our first event as an organized group.