Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Deer exclosure at Veterans Park

If you have driven past Veterans Park on Hopkins Road recently, you probably have noticed a large fenced area in the woods adjacent to the parking lot. This 10 x 20-meter structure is a deer exclosure, one of seven that are monitored by Lake Metroparks throughout the county. This area was selected after so many of the mature trees were taken down by the devastating winds of Hurricane Sandy.

If you are looking for a white-tailed deer inside the exclosure, you won’t see one. The space is designed to keep deer out to monitor the plants inside versus the plants on the outside. this will provide an index of what the impact of browse is by the white-tailed deer on that plant community.

The deer exclosure will have an important interpretive value to the public as, literally, they will see the structure from the parking lot and learn from it what impact it has on protecting the plant life within.

A small deer herd only makes a small impact, but too many deer consume the seeds of a forest’s future growth. Over time, these impacts create a visible browse line in the forest (see above).

Tom Adair, Parks Services Director, in an interview on the "Around Town" program on Mentor TV, said with the elimination of plant life, we will see a related loss or decrease in the diversity of insect life, bird life and mammal life as it relates to Veterans Park.

"Lake Metroparks has monitored the growth of white trillium in this area over the past 10 to 15 years and we have records that showed us that there were over 1,000 white trillium on a small plot, a 10' x 10' area," said Adair. "That site within the past two to three years has yielded no more than a dozen white trillium."

Plants inside the fenced area at Veterans Park are now protected from deer. Over time, this will show us how a healthy forest in Northeast Ohio can recover.

Click here to watch the video. The deer exclosure is the first segment of the program.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lake Metroparks loses a great friend and advocate

Ted Klammer
Former Lake County Probate Judge and
Lake Metroparks Commissioner

On March 13, 2013, Lake Metroparks lost a great friend and advocate for the parks and conservation with the passing of the Honorable Ted Klammer.

Ted Klammer was an environmental advocate, evident by his ten years of volunteer service on the Lake Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners. Klammer then served as Probate Judge for 11 years. One of his duties was to make appointments to the Board of Park Commissioners, a three-member board of citizens which governs Lake Metroparks.

His years of leadership as commissioner enabled Lake Metroparks to currently protect more than 8,000 acres of open space and waterways in Lake County for current and future generations to enjoy, while providing extensive education and recreation programming services to county residents. Several of the outstanding parks and facilities opened while Klammer was on the park board include:
  • Chagrin River Park
  • The Greenway Corridor
  • Pine Ridge Country Club

Judge Klammer understood the importance of the parks not only for the present, but the future as well. He really loved the parks and saw how much people appreciated them. During Klammer’s tenure as a park commissioner, and under his guidance, Lake Metroparks received many prestigious awards, including:
  • National Gold Medal Awards Finalist, 2002 & 1997
  • Lake County Environmental Improvement Awards, 2003
  • Great Lakes Region Partnership Award, NE Ohio Regional Parks Consortium, 2002
  • Ohio Museum Association Award of Excellence, 2000
  • Partnership in Elderly Services Award, 1999 (Lake County Council on Aging)

Ted Klammer was a great champion for conservation and will be missed.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Nature Among Us

On display in Forest Hall
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
March 9 through May 5, 2013 • 9 am to 5 pm

Thomas Koch is a local artist from Euclid, Ohio. He specializes in graphic design and illustration yet experiments with all types of media in an effort to exemplify his love and appreciation of nature. Check out “The Nature Among Us” and see how Koch has transformed your favorite animals and local park scenery into wonderful works of art! Artwork available for purchase; proceeds benefit the Penitentiary Glen Nature Center.

“The Nature Among Us” will be displayed in Forest Hall in the Nature Center at Penitentiary Glen Reservation in Kirtland. The show opens March 9 and runs through May 5. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm daily. 

Click here to view more images and to learn more about Penitentiary Glen Reservation.

Visitors are invited to meet Thomas Koch at a free opening reception on Saturday, March 9 from noon to 4 pm.

Penitentiary Glen Reservation is located at 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd in Kirtland. Take I-90 to Rt. 306 south for about one mile. Turn left onto Rt. 615. Turn right (east) onto Kirtland-Chardon Road and continue for two miles. Penitentiary Glen Reservation is located on the right (south) side of the road.