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Back to nature: 10 best examples of ecological restoration in NEO

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/29/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Connecting to nature, Shaping the land

Cities are healthier as a whole when nature is invited in. So we are not just protecting parklands and high-quality natural areas. We are rebuilding cities in Northeast Ohio by reweaving nature into the urban landscape—restoring nature’s capacity to provide beauty, cooling, water retention and filtration, quiet, air purification and many other ecological functions.

Mentor Marsh<br />After the phragmites were beaten back, native butterfly bush was able to to be planted in the emergent marsh. Image: Becky Donaldson, Mentor Marsh Nature Center.Shaker Lakes<br />Volunteers plant a wetland. Photo: The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. Redline Greenway<br />Plans for restoration and recreation in the RTA Redline corridor. Image: LAND Studio.Wildwood Park<br />Volunteers plant a bioswale. Image: Friends of Euclid Creek.Morley Road restoration<br />A riverbed restoration in Lake County. Image: BiohabitatsScranton Flats<br />Wildflowers in bloom along the Cuyahoga River. Image: Canalway Partners.Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek<br />The new visitor center at Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation is a place for everyone to learn about stormwater issues and the care of water resources. Image: GCBL.Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve<br />A nature studies class hikes the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, formerly Dike 14. Image: GCBL.Beachwood City Park<br />Land that was set aside for the Rapid was turned into a nature park. Image: City of Beachwood.Acacia Reservation<br />Restoration of the former Acacia Country Club golf course as an eco park is slated to include a part of the Euclid Creek (seen here). Image: Biohabitats.
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Time to split the stock of Shaker's great experiment

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/20/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Shaping the land

Its unusual when a traffic sign turns into a cocktail party conversation starter. But when the subject turns to biking, suburbanites across the east side of Cleveland have noticed and are talking about one in particular.

<br />The Shaker Boulevard median trail is a hugely popular trail network in Beachwood and Shaker that could be the blueprint for the entire eastside.

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