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Volunteers Needed on National Public Lands Day

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Date: September 13, 2011
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995
Contact: Ralph Davila,, 330-657-2909 ext. 109

Brecksville, Ohio - Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park are seeking energetic volunteers to remove invasive plants, a trail bridge, and trash in Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Saturday, September 24, at 9 a.m. This half-day long event is part of National Public Lands Day, a nationwide effort that promotes stewardship and enhancement of America's public lands. All National Public Lands Day volunteers will receive a fee-free pass for their favorite federal public land areas that have entrance fees (single-use pass).

Pre-registration is required. Volunteers may sign-up to help with one of these projects:

Invasive Plant Removal, 9 a.m. - Noon.
Help CVNP staff remove invasive plants, which will help return the area to a more natural habitat for our local flora and fauna. Ages 7 and older. Volunteers under age 18 must have the Volunteer Services Agreement Form signed by their parent or guardian.

Bridge Removal, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Volunteer with Medina Ohio Horseman's Council and their horses to remove a bridge from the creek bed off of the Valley Trail. Ages 16 and older. Volunteers under age 18 must have the Volunteer Services Agreement Form signed by their parent or guardian.

Clean-up Site, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Volunteer with Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council to remove old appliances and trash from a designated site. Ages 18 and older.

Volunteers should wear sturdy boots or shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a small pack with work gloves, sun block, insect repellent, water, and lunch. Pre-registration is required by September 21; please sign-up online at www.conservancyforcvnp.org call 330-657-2142, or email volunteer@forcvnp.org. Meeting locations will be given upon registration.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Volunteer Program is co-managed by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To learn about volunteer opportunities please visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or 330-657-2296.

The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a nonprofit 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 membership program, visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call 330-657-2909.

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.

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Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boats along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.