Cicada Mania: The Brood V Experience

Posted on 05/24/16 by Kelly in Educational Outreach

A group of Magicicada.  Photo credit: MSJ Cicada Web Site

It is an event that has been 17 years in the making and it's happening now! The emergence of Magicicada Brood V, YAY!!! Brood V consists of three species of periodical cicadas (not locusts) with a life span of 17 years, nearly all of which is spent underground. Each of these species have a distinct song and have slightly... read more

Saving Lake Erie

Posted on 05/18/16 by Friends of Euclid Creek in

Great graphic, but please note that Niagara Falls and River are misspelled in this image.

Although Lake Erie water is only 2% of the Great Lakes, it provides drinking water for millions of people, electricity from over 20 power plants, and contains 50% of all the Great Lakes fish. Our lake is the most valuable fresh water fishery in the world. Power production, fishing, and tourism generate billions of dollars a year in... read more

Solving Stream Problems in Your Back Yard Series - The Importance of Riparian Buffers

Posted on 05/03/16 by Jared in Educational Outreach

Forested streamside buffers protect your property from the river, and the river from you!

*This is the fifth post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* Did You Know? As a streamside property-owner, you have a special opportunity to protect and restore our local creeks and watersheds by establishing or maintaining a healthy riparian buffer. What is a Riparian Buffer? Why do they matter? The riparian area is the land alongside a stream or... read more


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