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Global Corporation Gives Back To Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Date: September 30, 2011
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995
Contact: Ralph Davila, 330-657-2909 ext. 109

Fairmount Minerals Volunteers
Fairmount Minerals volunteers restore the exterior of a historic passenger coach.
COURTESY CONSERVANCY FOR CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Volunteer Program

Peninsula, Ohio - Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park have one of the largest volunteer groups in the National Park Service, with more than 4,100 individuals. It's not only individual park supporters that help their national park, but corporations as well. Fairmount Minerals, a global company headquartered in Chardon, Ohio, gave back in an enormous way.

"So many people support Cuyahoga Valley National Park in a variety of ways," said Stan Austin, superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "Fairmount Minerals spent the day working, planting trees, restoring trails and beautifying Cuyahoga Valley National Park. CVNP continues to grow and flourish as a result of the work organizations like theirs does every day in giving back in volunteer service to our National Treasures."

On Aug. 31, 2011 more than 425 Fairmount Minerals employees came from across the globe to Cuyahoga Valley National Park to take on 11 essential projects, including the planting of 1,532 native hardwood trees on a previously mined site to restoring the exterior of two historic passenger coaches for the Scenic Railroad.

"This global team of volunteers made a significant impact on the national park," said Lisa Meranti, director of volunteer services for the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "We look forward to a continued relationship with them and the national park; and we thank them for their many contributions."

Beyond being the largest corporate volunteer group day in the park's history, Fairmont Minerals made a significant financial donation of more than $40,000 to support trail work, reforestation, clean-up projects, facility maintenance, and riverbank stabilization.

"We're fortunate to have local and regional corporations care so much about this national park like Fairmount Minerals did," said Deb Yandala, CEO of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "This act of kindness by so many caring employees made a major impact on the vibrancy and sustainability of our national park for generations to come!"

About the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about the Conservancy and its programs, visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call 330-657-2909.

About Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park 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 orwww.dayinthevalley.com or call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.

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Did You Know?

Photo of Bald Eagle taken in Cuyahoga Valley National Park where an eagle pair built their first nest in 2006. Photo by Martin Trimmer.

November is the time to be on the lookout for bald eagles performing aerial courtship displays. Once eagles have selected each other, they plunge through the air in very high dives, locking their talons and breaking apart just when it looks as though they will crash to the ground.