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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 »

Green Practices

What it Means to be "Green"
Cuyahoga Valley National Park in partnership with Conservancy for CVNP, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR), and the Countryside Conservancy are committed to pursuing the highest standards possible focused on sustainable operations and projects. We have collectively accomplished the following starting in 2012.

 
Holland House Renovation

The Holland House renovation, now part of the Trapp Family Farm, included green builidng practices and sustainable materials.

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Green Maintenance for Buildings:

  • Certified wood from sustainable foresting
  • Low emitting fume paint (low VOC)
  • Reuse or salvage of building materials during rehabs: doors, windows, trim, hardware, wood flooring, brick, stone, wood framing, light fixtures
  • Recycling of some construction debris: metals- Insulating walls, ceilings, and attics where possible in historic structures
  • Installation of energy efficient windows and/or storm windows and doors
  • Conversion to 96% efficient furnaces in over 40 park buildings- Replacement of standard HVAC to Zone Systems for energy efficiency

 
Porous Pavement at Rockside Station

Porous pavement acts as a filter as water passes through a series of aggregates before exiting.

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Green Maintenance for Roads:

  • Porous paving filters the water to pass through a series of aggregates before exiting into the watershed thereby reducing pollutants and slowing the movement of water into the surrounding environment. No freezing or thawing occurs so less deicer is used within these areas - a benefit to our natural resources.
  • Stabilized turf parking allows for a green parking area with aggregate base
  • Locations using the porous pavement are the Rockside Railroad Boarding Station parking lot, the new Brandywine Falls parking lot, and the Cancasci House at the corner of Route 82 and Chaffee Road.
 
Fiberglass bridge

Volunteers help to install a fiberglass bridge at Blue Hens Falls.

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Green Maintenance for Trails:

  • Sustainable trail design to reduce impacts to the resource
  • Utilize natural ntormwater management by slowing water down
  • Fiberglass or FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) bridges have less impacts to natural resources during installation, lower maintenance, less stream impacts with clear span and cost reduction using volunteer work force.
 
Low mowing

CVNP reduces its carbon footprint with a modified mowing schedule that leaves grass growing longer.

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Green Maintenance for Grounds:

  • Modified mowing schedule targets higher service to visitor use areas
  • Mow areas reduced around park to lower carbon footprint by decreasing mowing emissions, pollutants, noise, and vehicle mobilization
  • Native grasses are better for habitat – birds, animals, and pollinators (butterflies, bees, dragonflies).
  • Low-Mow Grasses used to reduce mowing frequency
 
Farm solar panels

Farmers use solar panels to reduce energy.

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Countryside Initiative green farming practices:

  • Riparian buffers- Rotational grazing
  • Cover cropping
  • Solar powered fencing and water pumps
  • Minimal use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers
  • Direct marketing to the consumers
  • Crop and livestock diversification
  • On farm composting
  • Cooperative purchases and equipment use to reduce carbon footprint
 

Sustainability News
Cuyahoga Valley National Park introduces a new series of articles, written by our volunteer sustainability reporters, educating visitors about sustainabilty issues within the park and with its partners. Click here to link to the sustainability news page.

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.