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 »
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 Scenic Railroad Hires New President & CEO
Contact: Kelly Steele-Moore, Director of Marketing, (330) 657-1915
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Peninsula, OH - The Board of Trustees for Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad announce the hiring of Craig B. Tallman as President and CEO effective immediately.
Tallman replaces Steven Wait, who recently retired from the organization after 5 ½ years of service. He was selected after a nationwide search.
The railroad's new CEO has worked for national and international trucking firms since graduating from the University of Iowa in 1976. He was transferred to this area 10 years ago, having last worked as group vice president for YRC Worldwide until October 2011.
"I am excited about my new responsibilities at CVSR. The railroad is performing well and is an enjoyable means to experience the nature and heritage of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. One of my focus areas will be to further engage our communities and businesses for participation and support. "
George Snider, Board Chairman, offered: "Craig is an engaged and engaging leader. His high-level experience in the transportation industry will help CVSR continue the record setting growth achieved by outgoing president Steve Wait. Craig impressed everyone throughout the highly competitive interviewing process and will be a great asset to our organization."
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Superintendent, Stan Austin is excited about the new President and CEO. "His vision and energy will keep us on track with a railroad that has seen tremendous growth in the last few years. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a vital resource to the community and provides an enhanced visitor experience for national park visitors. We look forward to continuing our partnership with someone as talented as Mr. Tallman to continue and expand the presence of our alternative transportation in the Ohio & Erie Canalway."
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012, provides transportation to and within Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) under a joint operating agreement and is dedicated to the preservation of passenger rail transportation in Cuyahoga Valley and along the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway. CVSR is a private sector, not-for-profit 501 c (3) volunteer supported organization. The railroad serves 200,000 passengers annually and has a $3 million operating budget. Scenic train excursions are offered twelve months of the year, along with a variety of special events, including The Polar Express™, Day Out With Thomas™, wine-tasting and beer-tasting excursions, Bike Aboard!, and more.
CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information about the park, visit www.nps.gov/cuva or www.dayinthevalley.com or call (330) 657-2752.
Did You Know?
A young James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, worked briefly as a mule boy on the Ohio & Erie Canal, an important cultural resource within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.