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Would you ProtectCLE?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/17/20 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water, Plants & animals, Natural Cleveland

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History wants you to participate with us in ProtectCLE, protecting Cleveland’s Living Environment. The first project under ProjectCLE is Life in One Cubic Foot. This project is ideal for families studying science at home this spring and summer. The goal is to get outside, enjoy nature and don your citizen science hat. By focusing on...

<br />The Life in a Cubic Foot project is a global search for biodiversity. Image: David Liittscwager for National Geographic.<br />ProtectCLE is a Cleveland Museum of Natural History-led effort to document and appreciate the natural world.<br />iNaturalist is a smartphone app used by a global community of nature enthusiasts<br />Using iNaturalist to document local biodiversity is a snap<br />Build a biocube. Make it fancy or simple, your choice.

Homegrown Cleveland green space programs under microscope

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/08/19 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Land

The scaling back of a highly regarded but ‘soft funded’ urban agriculture program that has repurposed vacant land since Cleveland Botanical Garden launched it in 1996 highlights the tenuous hold that even well-organized efforts to re-conceive urban land as anything other than dwelling space or bricks and mortar business often face.

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Green Cuyahoga and tie it together

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/23/19 @ 10:45am  |  Posted in Land, Water

Trees are the centerpiece of Cuyahoga County’s new plan to rejuvenate a county that is at a crossroad. Adding a couple of strategic goals, and using County resources to do it, would make an already good idea even better.

Doan Brook flooding<br />Too much pavement causes Doan Brook to routinely flood and blow out pipes which costs a lot of money to fixMorgana Run<br />Converting an old railway into a trail in Cleveland, Slavic Village is an example of reuse that spurred more development.Bike to School Day<br />Lots of kids bike to school in Bay Village.Green Corridor<br />Warrensville Center Road is a piece in the Eastside Greenway waiting to be built with the right incentives and push from the Executive level.

With Northeast Ohio's biodiversity at stake, regional parks and naturalists find their voice

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/15/19 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water, Plants & animals, Shaping the land

They have been gathering for years to advocate for nature in Northeast Ohio. They are park rangers, wetlands biologists, wildlife specialists, and conservationists getting their hands dirty on a daily basis in natural areas. Increasingly, they have become the voice for nature in a region that has lost many acres of forests and wetlands to unplanned development.

<br />Images courtesy of LEAP<br /><br /><br />

Biodiversity missing from Climate Action Plans

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/02/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Transform, Land

More biodiverse cities would help protect endangered species and human populations from climate change; if only Climate Action Plans (CAP) were calibrated to do so, a new report states.

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