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    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Valley Bridle Trail Partial Closure

    A section of the Valley Bridle Trail is closed across from the Brandywine Golf Course. There is no estimate of when this section will be open. Please observe all trail closures. More »

  • Plateau Trail Partial Closure

    The outer loop of the Plateau Trail is closed at the Valley Picnic Area junction for bridge repair. The bridge is now unsafe for pedestrian traffice due to accelerated erosion around the base. More »

  • Bald Eagle Closure in Effect Until July 31, 2014

    Returning bald eagles are actively tending to last year's nest within the Pinery Narrows area in CVNP. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2014. More »

  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) Bridge Construction Closures

    Rockside and Canal Visitor Center boarding sites will be closed through Apr 27. From Jan 18 - Mar 16, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Brecksville stations. From Mar 22 - Apr, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Peninsula. More »

  • Do Not Feed the Waterfowl and Birds!

    Many people enjoy feeding waterfowl and birds, but the effects of this seemingly generous act can be harmful. Regular feeding can cause: unatural behavior, pollution, overcrowding, delayed migration, and poor nutrition and disease.

  • Closure on Fishing Will Remain in Effect for Virginia Kendall Lake

    Due to the government shutdown, we were unable to survey the fish community in VK Lake as scheduled. Our survey partners (ODNR) will not be able to get into the lake until early spring of 2014. Therefore, the closure on fishing will remain in effect. More »

Scientific Farming

Scientific farming practices enhanced the agricultural productivity of the Cuyahoga Valley region in the 19th century, improving the lives of farmers and better protecting the surrounding landscape. These practices included better irrigation and drainage systems, the use of special fertilizers, and the use of machines like tractors and combine harvesters that made farming more efficient. The 1860 agricultural census figures indicate that Ohio was a national agricultural leader, ranking 2nd in the country in cash value of farms. Crop production rankings for Ohio were in the top four for such staples as wheat, Indian corn, and oats.

Eugene Cranz.

Eugene F. Cranz

Courtesy/Peninsula Library & Historical Society

Hammond-Cranz Farm
Eugene F. Cranz, who inherited his family's farm in 1898, was an innovative farmer who experimented with both horticulture and conservation efforts. He attended The Ohio State University where he learned new scientific methods for farming. Eugene was also a member of agricultural organizations, including the Grange, a 19th century farmers' alliance that is still in operation today.

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Listen and read more about how the Grange worked to protect farmers' interests.

Jyurovat Farm
Scientific farming improved sanitation as well as efficiency. During this "progressive farming" period, from the early 20th century through 1944, changes in federal legislation prompted companies to design safe and sanitary barns and outbuildings. Improved sanitation and ventilation provided more comfort for animals, which then produced higher yields. Located on State Road 303, the Jyurovat farmstead's house, barn, and chicken coop were all examples of these newer and more efficient buildings. The Jyurovat's house and barn were designed by the James Manufacturing Company, which used innovative equipment to facilitate care and maintenance. The company's Jamesway Books offered farmers complete information on the most efficient manner of construction and maintaining outbuildings, specifically dairy barns, hog houses, and poultry houses. In the national park today, the Jyurovat Farm serves as the Woodlake Environmental Field Station.

Did You Know?

Monarch Butterfly - US Fish and Wildlife Service Photo

Early September is the time to watch monarchs feed in Cuyahoga Valley fields rich with goldenrod and New England aster. These places serve as important re-fueling sites for these long distance travelers on their way to oyamel forests near Mexico City more than 2,000 miles away.