Planting trees at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

I've always loved being outdoors, even in the womb my mom tells me… It has always been my mission in life to show others the beauty and simple bliss of enjoying the natural world. Four years ago I fell in love with plants, and never looked back. They are beautifully diverse organisms that you can study, admire, and find... read more

Poor example of construction stream crossing

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has issued a draft renewal of the General Permit Authorization for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activity Under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System. This is commonly referred to as the Construction General Permit. The public notice reads in part; "The NPDES Statewide Construction Storm Water General Permit (Permit No. OHC000005) is the... read more

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant problematic along streams

*This is the seventh post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* Invasive Plants along Streams Keeping a riparian (streamside) area vegetated with native woody plants is important for a number of reasons, from their ability to control erosion, to filtering pollutants, to providing habitat for wildlife to name a few of the benefits (read this article on why... read more

The Eastern hellbender.  Photo Credit: Dave Herasimtschuk, Freshwaters Illustrated

It's almost springtime and you know what that means! Salamander migration time! Those cool little (and big) guys hold a special place in my heart. These sensitive creatures are what are known as an indicator species which means that their health can tell you a lot about the health of their habitat. This brings me to our largest,... read more

Field of Phacelia, picture courtesy of www.phpetersen.com

Over the winter, I’ve spent some time researching cover crops for upcoming projects in 2018. At the most basic level, a cover crop is crop that is grown not for cash, but for some kind of soil benefit. The most frequently cited use for cover crops and the one most people are familiar with is to... read more