Volunteers help build a rain garden in Rocky River

Maybe you’ve heard of Master Gardeners, but did you know that you could also be a Master RAIN Gardener? The Northeast Ohio Master Rain Gardener program (or MRG for short) came to Ohio a few years ago from Washtenaw County, Michigan. The program has grown during those years, and now people can choose from courses all over Northeast Ohio... read more

Remember the New Kids on the Block song "The Right Stuff?" Well, we are asking you to use The Right S.A.L.T. (and we hope you are singing that song now). It's estimated that more than 22 million tons of salt are scattered on the roads othe the U.S. annually, equaling about 137 pounds per person. That's a lot of... read more

Top 10…no wait, 22 of 2022 at Cuyahoga SWCD As we wrap up 2022 and look back on the year, we started to jot down highlights of all that we’ve accomplished at Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD). What started as a top 10 list quickly turned into a top 15, which quickly turned into a top 20.... read more

Bradford Pear flowers - photo credit MichiganFlora.net

I’ve had a countdown on my phone for a while now counting down to January 7, 2023. It’s not some belated New Year’s Eve party, not my birthday or an anniversary, but to something I’ve been calling “the end of Bradford Pears." In September of 2014, the Ohio General Assembly granted the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) the exclusive... read more

View of the beautiful downtown Cleveland skyline from the center of the southern boundary of the site off the eastern side of Carter Rd.

I know this blog will be a tough one for me to write. Additionally, I know that this blog contains ideas which some people will not agree with. However, these ideas are just the way I feel. The vacant land on Scranton Peninsula in Cleveland should not be turned into apartments, but rather, a park. This park would have... read more


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