Fall is the time to ID trees by their Bark

With the leaves falling fast, now is a great time to start to identify trees by their Bark. Southern Ohio hit its peak for fall color this week, while northern Ohio has been declining for several weeks. A few oaks are holding onto their brown leaves.

But as long as the weather cooperates, it isn’t hard to tell the trees by their bark. Take some time this weekend to get out and explore a little bit of Autumn Nature.


Cuyahoga Valley – Trail Management Plan

You can follow this link (National Park Service – PEPC – Trail Management Plan) to read and comment on the draft trail management plan for our Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

If you care about the park and want to have a say in the trail management there, follow the link and provide some comments. Thanks.


Akron Ohio News – County Council supports bog preservation projects – SSNL

There was a very small mention of one of my projects in the local newspaper this week. Here is the link: A Akron Ohio News – County Council supports bog preservation projects – SSNL.

This is about 2 deals that Western Reserve Land Conservancy is helping theA ClevelandA Museum ofA NaturalA History with. The museum will own these two special places, while the conservancy holds permanent restrictions over bothA properties. These 2 layers of protection, as well as restrictions held by the state of Ohio, will ensure that no matter what happens in the future, these sensitive bog habitats will remain intact for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

One of the properties contains a sphagnum mat that you can walk on, then if you jump up and down, people 20 or 30 feet away will also bounce up and down from your movement. Really a cool feeling. You do have to watch out for the poison sumac though!


Video of the Haleys Run Greenway opening in Akron Ohio

Check out this video explaining a new small urban park in Akron Ohio. this greenway will provide access to greenspace for a low in come community. Lockheed Martin and Western Reserve Land Conservancy partnered with the National Park Service’s Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance program and others to create this great new park.


Go outside and heal thyself

The New York Times recently ran an article summarizing some scientific studies that seem to indicate exposure to parks and plants can boost immunity. One of the studies indicated that white blood cell counts were elevated by 50% in men who took two 2-hour walks in the woods for two days. Other benefits cited in the studies included decreased blood pressure, lower pulse rate, and decreased levels of cortisol.

We all know Nature is good for us. Science is backing up this claim in more and more studies. Take a look at the New York Times article and think about making a permanent change to your lifestyle…Get Outside and take a hike on a trail in a park!


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