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Come out, serve on RiverDay to help keep the Cuyahoga River beautiful May 20

Published: May 16, 2017 1:54 AM

Brecksville, Ohio – To maintain the beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), it is our responsibility to continue the restoration efforts that our predecessors began.

RiverDay is the perfect opportunity to come out and serve in CVNP, preserving the Cuyahoga River and the park for generations to come. RiverDay will take place on Saturday, May 20th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will spend the day planting native trees and shrubs along Furnace Run, a major tributary of the Cuyahoga River. Planting native species will help restore riparian habitat along the riverbank, reducing soil erosion, improving water quality, and creating less fragmented habitat for the wildlife that calls CVNP home.

 

The Cuyahoga River is one of the main features of CVNP and it has a rich, unique history. From 1868 to 1969, the “burning river” caught fire at least ten times due to severe pollution. Ever since, volunteers and organizations have worked diligently to restore the Cuyahoga. Years of invasive species removal, toxic waste and trash removal, and habitat restoration have improved the river immensely. Today, we see the success of our efforts through nesting bald eagles and great blue herons, river otters, and native plant species’ return to the Cuyahoga valley.

 

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Kids are welcome! Volunteers ages 7-15 must have parent or guardian supervision at the project site. Volunteers ages 16-18 are only required to have a parent or guardian sign their Volunteer Agreement form

 

Advanced registration is required for all individuals. For more information and to register, visit our website at conservancyforcvnp.org/help-your-park/volunteer/days-of-service or email volunteer@forcvnp.org.For groups of 5 or more, please contact the volunteer office at 330-657-2299 or volunteer@forcvnp.org to register. 


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