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Posted on 04/27/16 by Amy in Educational Outreach

This tree was a goner. Planted with the burlap and wire cage around the root ball, it didn't stand a chance.

Another blog on trees? That’s right people! You can never have enough information about trees. Earlier this month, I took the Tree Stewards training which is a joint program of Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) and Holden Arboretum. The program is two in-class sessions and then two outside sessions. The in-class session covered the Cleveland Tree Plan, tree biology,... read more

The saga of an urban forest

Posted on 04/19/16 by Janine in Educational Outreach

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Cleveland was nicknamed The Forest City. The abundance of trees meant there was an inexpensive commodity readily available to a growing city. Fortunately, the early city fathers and philanthropists worked hard to replant trees on city streets and in the parks. Unfortunately, many of those legacy trees, if not already fallen... read more

Naturalizing Basins is for the Birds, Pollinators, and Fish too

Posted on 04/12/16 by Elizabeth in Storm Water Services

Typical detention basin with low flow concrete channel.

We've got plenty of old stormwater detention basins throughout Cuyahoga County. You'd recognize them if you saw them, big depressions with concrete channels running from one pipe to another across the basin. In the past when designing for flood control, we made it our goal to get water from one place on our properties to another as quickly... read more

Not all filter socks are the same

Posted on 04/06/16 by in Storm Water Services

Compost filled filter sock is an approved perimeter control.

The Environmental Protection Agency lists sediment (soil particles in water) as the most common pollutant in rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. Roughly 70% of the sediment in any body of water is from human land use and the other 30% is from natural erosion and deposition processes. A method to minimize the amount of sediment escaping from large areas... read more

Living In Harmony with Wildlife - White-tailed Deer

Posted on 03/29/16 by Kelly in Educational Outreach

Photo Credit:  Viette's Beautiful Gardens

I love wildlife and creating wildlife habitat, but combining the lifestyles of humans and wildlife isn't always easy. You need to have some kind of management plan, an open mind and a lot of patience/tolerance. The goal of this blog series is to learn about various "nuisance" species, how to recognize the signs, why they do what they... read more