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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 »

Tree Nurseries

While many farmers use the winter to rest, take care of livestock, and plan for the following spring, others are busy selling Christmas trees. Dave Wingenfeld, who manages the Canal Corners Farm and Market in Valley View, extended his growing season into December by adding a Christmas tree operation. The Bishop-Haramis family, of Heritage Farms in Peninsula, similarly introduced Christmas trees as a way to generate winter profit. There are many types of Christmas trees, including blue spruce, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, and Scotch pine.

Trees are also grown for land conservation and for landscaping.

CCC tree planting.
Civilian Conservation Corps tree planting in the valley.
NPS Collection
Fred Boucek working in tree nursery, 1951.

Fred Boucek working in tree nursery, 1951.

Courtesy/Arline Wellington

During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) operated a tree nursery in Everett, part of the federal government's reforestation program. They planted evergreens in the Virginia Kendall area and elsewhere.

Eugene Cranz, of Bath, was instrumental in replacing dying American chestnut trees with Chinese evergreens. Beginning his work in the 1920s, Eugene was one of the first men in Ohio to become involved in the reforestation movement. He promoted fencing cattle to keep them out of wooded lots and re-planting trees on land that was once cleared. In honor of his efforts, a variety of nut tree, the Cranz hickory, was named for him. Eugene's trees can still be seen today on the Cranz property near Hale Farm & Village. He planted the evergreen trees which surround the house, as well as many of the trees covering the hill to the east. In 1949, Eugene Cranz's farm in Bath was dedicated as Ohio Tree Farm Number 81, reflecting his concern for forest loss in the state.

In the 1940s, the Boucek family had a house (now the Concasi property) and nursery on SR 82, just west of Chaffee Road. Fred Boucek grew and sold ornamental trees for landscaping and as Christmas trees, and did landscape work himself.

Today, the tradition is continued by Carol and George Haramis sell Christmas trees at Heritage Farms in Peninsula.

Did You Know?

Dragonfly image by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Dragonflies and damselflies look almost alike while flying. However, if you wait until they land, dragonflies lay their wings to the side while damselflies lay them back and above their bodies.