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Mute swans and red breasted mergansers (thousands of them!) stopped by the river in early March. Watch for other feathered friends as the weather warms.
New Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant will support invasive weed management project
CRR and the Crooked River Cooperative Weed Management Areas partners have received a new grant that will fund a two-year project to prevent and reduce invasive plants within the Cuyahoga River Watershed. The project will establish a regional team working across jurisdictional boundaries for on-the-ground eradication, and will work with local entities to expand education and awareness of invasive plant prevention measures.
The partners include the Cleveland Metroparks, Summit MetroParks, the Portage Park District, the Geauga Park District, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. Field crews organized by the national Student Conservation Association (SCA) and managed by Cleveland Metroparks will work in about 2,000 acres across 18 sites.
Involving students and providing outreach to communities are also important pieces of the project that will support prevention of invasions for years to come.
Watershed Stewards Plan for Scranton Flats Tree Planting
Volunteers from the Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship program met in early March to plan a riparian forest buffer project that will be planted at the south end of Scranton Flats in April. The workshop took participants to the site and, in spite of there being a foot of snow on the ground, they were able to get the lay of the land. Later, at Merwin's Wharf, they plotted and planned the planting using the Woods for Waters guide with the able assistance of Metroparks' Jenn Grieser and Leila Jackson.
...and in related news...
CRR has been awarded an Alliance for Community Trees / CSX Restoration grant to plant more than 75 additional trees at the northern end of Scranton Flats this fall.
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