June 3, 2016
Wetmore Trailhead, Penisula, Ohio
Today, in preparation for National Trails Day, the Crooked River Cooperative Weed Management Area (CR CWMA) partners are working together to remove and control invasive plants to help beautify and protect the Wetmore Trailhead, part of the Summit Metro Parks. It will mark the first time in history all the CR CWMA partners have united in the same location for a hands on invasives removal project.
Mike Johnson, Chief of Natural Resource Management at Summit Metro Parks, says, “Summit Metro Parks is honored to participate in this work day and we are very appreciative of the Cooperative Weed Management Partners.”
Jennifer Hillmer, Invasive Plant Coordinator at Cleveland Metroparks, explains, “This group project is a great way to spend time together to talk shop, learn from one another, and get necessary work done.”
“National Trails Day provided a great platform for our group project, in hopes we would reach the many people participating in the celebration,” says Kacey Zeiser, the Project Manager of the CR CWMA’s current grant.
The CR CWMA is a collaboration of major land stewards and other landowners in the Cuyahoga River watershed of the Lake Erie basin, all motivated by conservation of land and biological diversity in Northeast Ohio. CWMA is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding, which creates the framework for working with public and private landowners. Partners have access to staff, on site crews, and a cash of equipment, both large and small.
Current members of the CR CWMA are Cleveland Metroparks, Summit Metro Parks, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, National Park Service, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Geauga Park District, State of Ohio, Department of Natural Resources, Portage Park District, The Nature Conservancy, and Cuyahoga River Restoration.