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 »
National Park Service To Conduct Prescribed Fire
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995
Contact: J. Michael Johnson,, 402-250-5017 (cell)
Brecksville, Ohio - The National Park Service (NPS) will conduct a prescribed fire sometime between March 26 and April 30, 2012, in Boston Township. Fuel and weather conditions must be within certain parameters and that will determine the exact date of the burn. The burn unit is off of Boston Mills Road just south of Interstate 80. Up to 10 acres of land will be burned in order to maintain native plant species and prevent the spread of invasive woody brush.
The prescribed fire program at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) is conducted by trained and experienced NPS fire personnel. Smoke dispersal is a primary concern and park staff will do everything possible to limit smoke in the area by monitoring wind and atmospheric conditions prior to ignitions. However, smoke drifting in and around park lands and roadways is possible.
Clear management goals and objectives have been established for the burn unit. Before burning, a designated set of conditions must exist including ideal air temperature, wind speed and direction, and relative humidity. Weather conditions will be monitored throughout the duration of the burn to ensure the fire is completed safely.
Prescribed fire has been used for thirty years within the boundaries of CVNP by Cleveland Metroparks to manage habitat and control invasive species. However, this is the first prescribed burn coordinated by the NPS on park lands.
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 www.dayinthevalley.com or call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.
Did You Know?
Cuyahoga Valley National Park's namesake river flows north and south. The Cuyahoga River begins its 100 mile journey in Geauga County, flows south to Cuyahoga Falls where it turns sharply north and flows through CVNP. American Indians referred to the U-shaped river as Cuyahoga or "crooked river."