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North America's largest rodent is also nature's most amazing engineer. Beavers (Castor canadensis) are a keystone species, their presence or lack there of has a major impact on an ecosystem. They are one of only a few species, other than humans, that are capable of changing an entire ecosystem in order to benefit their own needs. They can... read more

Being a construction site inspector is one of the toughest jobs on the construction site. The inspector is the vital link between design and its fulfillment in the field. Often times the construction inspector is an underrated position that is seen by many as a necessary evil. There are many types of inspections that are required on the construction... read more

*This is the second post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* River. Creek. Stream. Ditch. Run. Swale. There are hundreds of potential names for that flowing body of water in your back yard. If we’ve had a lot of rain lately, they’re probably not all suitable for polite company. But learning the different land forms that make... read more

*This is the first post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* Through the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District’s Watershed Program, we are starting a new blog series to discuss problems property owners may face with their back yard stream and resources for finding solutions. Most property owners do not always know what to do with their... read more

Volca-NO! The mulch piled up around these trunks can cause bark rot. Spread your mulch out and away from the tree's trunk out to the canopy width.

We've all seen it, the tree lined streets with the volcanoes (Think Volca-NO!) of mulch carefully piled up knee high around the tree trunks. We spend a lot of money for that mulch, and unfortunately when it is piled high around the base of a trunk, it is not fufilling its purpose. In fact many of our urban trees... read more