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Updated on 01/27/2021
The Fernald Preserve Visitors Center remains closed to the public. During this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, the health and safety of our employees and communities are our highest concerns. To ensure social distancing and comply with direction that nonessential activities be limited, the visitors center will remain closed until further notice.
In response to the Jan. 20, 2021, Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, all visitors to our outdoor areas — including trails, gardens, and parking areas — are required to wear a mask when they’re 6 feet or closer to anyone not in their immediate group.
We will continue to update our communications, if anything changes in the status of our visitors center, and we look forward to the time when we can safely welcome our visitors back inside.
In the meantime, we welcome you to enjoy the available outdoor spaces, trails, and online activities.
At Fernald Preserve we encourage you to explore the 7-mile network of trails meandering through the wetland, prairie, and forest landscape. Several overlooks and a boardwalk are open to visitors. The portable toilet in the visitors center parking lot is available for public use and continues to be cleaned daily.
We ask that guests follow the social distancing guidance, provided by the Ohio Department of Health and Hamilton County Public Health.
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Remediation at the Fernald Preserve was conducted in accordance with Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) regulations. The site transferred to the Office of Legacy Management in 2006 and requires operation and maintenance of remedial action systems, environmental monitoring, routine inspection and maintenance, records-related activities, and stakeholder support. For more information about the Fernald Preserve site, view the fact sheet.
Enjoy this compilation of remote camera video clips taken in the ecologically restored habitats at LM’s Fernald Preserve, Ohio, Site. Here is a key to the wildlife shown in the video. For more information on wildlife in your neighborhood, visit your state’s wildlife and/or conservation department website.
Updates and improvements are coming to the LM ‘Site Documents’ pages. Look for increased accessibility, relativity, and resource information in the near future. Please let us know if you experience any difficulties in locating or accessing documents as we implement these improvements. We welcome your feedback. [ LM@hq.doe.gov ]
- Site Documents
- Fact Sheet
- 2020 Site Environmental Report
- CERCLA Five-Year Review
- Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Administrative Record Database
- Technical Papers
- Additional Brochures and Fact Sheets
- 2020 Fernald Community Meeting Invitation
- 2020 Fernald Community Meeting Presentation
- Public Meeting Archive
- Fernald Community Alliance
- Former Fernald Workers' Employment Verification and Benefits Information
- Fernald Preserve Site Mapping and Monitoring
The below websites contain historical information and are no longer being updated. For instructions on how to access the websites, click here. Disclaimer: Download times may vary based on internet connection.
Fernald Preserve, Ohio, Visitors Center
The Fernald Preserve Visitors Center is a 10,000-square-foot, platinum-certified U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design facility that celebrates the rich and varied history of the Fernald site. A series of exhibits place the site’s uranium production and environmental cleanup eras into a broad historical perspective, acknowledging Native American occupation, European settlement, agricultural production, ecological restoration and today’s legacy management mission.
Business Office and Mailing Address
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Legacy Management
10995 Hamilton-Cleves Hwy.
Harrison, Ohio 45030
Phone: (513) 648-6000
Visitors Center Address
Fernald Preserve Visitors Center
7400 Willey Road
Hamilton, OH 45013
Open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (513) 648-3330