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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 »

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Releases Draft Trail Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

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Date: June 22, 2012
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)

Brecksville, Ohio - The National Park Service announces the release of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) Draft Trail Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for public review and comment from June 22 until August 20, 2012. The Draft EIS aims to develop a blueprint that will guide the expansion, restoration, management, operations, and use of the trail system and its associated amenities over the next 15 years, while keeping with the purpose, mission, and significance of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The Draft EIS analyzes eight alternatives that provide a variety of trails and trail facilities for visitors in CVNP while protecting the national park's natural, cultural, and scenic resources. The preferred alternative was selected that best meets the purpose and goals of the Plan and will best fit with the resources in the national park. The Plan is a key step in establishing a trail system that provides a trail network for a variety of trail users, shares the features significant in CVNP, minimizes impacts to park resources, can be sustained for future generations, and engages cooperative partnerships.

The Draft EIS document and an Executive Summary will be available at the briefing as well as online at the National Park Service's Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cuyahogatrailplan. Reference copies of the full Plan are available for viewing at the following public libraries and locations within Cuyahoga Valley National Park:

Cleveland Public Library - Main Library, 325 Superior Avenue, N.E., Cleveland

Cuyahoga County Public Library - Brecksville Branch, 9089 Brecksville Branch, Brecksville

Cuyahoga County Public Library - Independence Branch, 6361 Selig Drive, Independence

Akron-Summit County Library - Akron Main Library, 60 S. High Street, Akron

Akron Summit County Library - Nordonia Hills Branch, 9458 Olde Eight Road, Northfield

Peninsula Public Library - 6105 Riverview Road, Peninsula

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Boston Store Visitor Center, 1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Canal Visitor Contact Center, 7104 Canal Road, Valley View

You can request a copy of the Draft EIS in compact disc or printed paper form by mail to: Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 15610 Vaughn Road, Brecksville, Ohio, 44141.

The park will hold three public meetings in July in communities near and in the park. The public meetings will begin with a short presentation followed by general questions and public comment stations available. All meetings will have the same information. Public meetings are scheduled from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, July 24, Cleveland Metroparks, Canalway Center, 4524 E. 49th Street, Cleveland
  • Wednesday, July 25, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Happy Days Lodge, 500 W. Streetsboro Road, Peninsula
  • Thursday, July 26, Akron Main Library, 60, S. High Street, Akron

Comments may be submitted in writing through the PEPC website, at scheduled public meetings, or by mail to: Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 15610 Vaughn Road, Brecksville, Ohio, 44141. Comments will not be accepted over the phone, by fax, or email. During the review period, the NPS is seeking substantive public input such as specific issues or impacts NPS may have not addressed or considered.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.

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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.