District One Natural Resources Assistance Council
Round Four (2006) Projects
Chagrin Valley Preservation Project
Total Project Cost: $2,515,000
Clean Ohio Award: $1,835,000
Acquisition Amount: 34.2 acres
The Cleveland Metroparks will acquire and protect 34 acres of high quality forest along two headwater streams of the Chagrin River, Foster's Run and Beecher's Brook. These acquisitions, along with the adjacent A.B. Williams Memorial Woods, will create one of the largest undisturbed mature beech-maple forest tracts in the county and will preserve a unique terrain which supports a biodiversity habitat, including rare, threatened and endangered species.
This project represents the final phase of a multi-million dollar effort between the Cleveland Metroparks and Mayfield Village to restore the riparian corridor of these two significant headwater streams to the Chagrin River. The Cleveland Metroparks will establish a management program for invasive and non-native species as well as a deer-management policy.
GATES MILLS LAND CONSERVANCY
Gates Mills Natural Areas Acquisition
Total Project Cost: $2,343,500
Clean Ohio Award: $325,000
Acquisition Amount: 53 acres
The Gates Mills Land Conservancy (GMLC) will acquire 53 acres of land in the Chagrin River Watershed. The grant will be used for the fee-simple acquisition of 25 acres of the land, and a conservation easement will be placed on the remaining 28 acres.
The land will be permanently owned and managed by the Gates Mills Land Conservancy while a perpetual conservation easement will be granted to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. This project preserves a headwater stream to the Chagrin River, including 2,861 linear feet of headwater riparian corridors.
Forest Ridge Preserve Acquisition
Total Project Cost: $4,280,700
Clean Ohio Award: $1,069,046
Acquisition Amount: 115 acres
The Village of Moreland Hills will acquire 115 acres of upland forests to create a public nature preserve which will be managed through a conservation easement held by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. The Forest Ridge property contains almost two miles of headwater streams within the Chagrin River watershed.
The village will work cooperatively with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to control invasive plant species and to restore a segment of a Chagrin River headwater stream that has been degraded by impoundment.
Gateway to West Creek: Protecting the Confluence
Total Project Cost: $1,700,000
Clean Ohio Award: $850,000
Acquisition Amount: 6.6 acres
This project is a cornerstone to a larger multi-community effort to protect 100% of the West Creek mainstem. The West Creek Preservation Committee (WCPC) will acquire 6.6 acres of developed land at the confluence of West Creek and the Cuyahoga River. Once the property is acquired, the building will be razed, and the site will be restored to meandering steam with a vegetated floodplain, and then designated for public passive recreation use.
Acquisition of this property will present an opportunity to restore proper hydrology and aquatic resources to the lower West Creek and will create an expanse of urban floodplain wetlands that will reconnect the riparian habitat corridor currently severed by commercial development.
The site is a key link to the Towpath Trail from west side of the Cuyahoga River, where currently no access is available. The WCPC will also construct a trailway along the restoration project to connect underserved populations to the banks of the Cuyahoga River and to the Towpath Trail.
Big Creek at Snake Hill Natural Area Conservation
Total Project Cost: $856,000
Clean Ohio Award: $346,500
Acquisition Amount: 50 acres
This project will conserve 50+ acres of the Snake Hill natural area including approximately 4+ acres of wetlands, 2,500 linear feet of Big Creek and tributary streams, associated floodplains and upland forests.
This land will be preserved as natural greenspace with the City of Parma. The conservation area will be open to the public for low impact recreation (hiking, wildlife viewing, etc.).
In the longer term it is the intent to develop a trailhead facility and connect Snake Hill via recreational trail to local neighborhoods, parks, commercial districts and historical landmarks such as the Stearn's Homestead.
TOTAL ACQUISITION AMOUNT: 258.8 ACRES