The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), a grass-roots, non-profit charitable organization which advocates for the health of its namesake watershed, will host a "preservation weekend" in early October to further its efforts to conserve and maintain an 8.71-acre parcel on Redstone Run, in Richmond Heights, Ohio.
On Friday, October 4th, FOEC will sponsor a benefit event, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., in order to secure funding to complete the purchase of this wooded property, located on the north side of Highland Road, just west of nearby Harris Road. On Saturday, October 5th, FOEC, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District and West Creek Conservancy will co-host a volunteer cleanup day on Redstone Run. From 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., volunteers will remove debris, trim existing vegetation, plant trees and install split-rail fencing in an effort to enhance the appearance of this unique creekside parcel.
Redstone Run, which is a tributary to the East Branch of Euclid Creek, takes its name from an outcrop of Berea Sandstone near its origin which, when quarried, has a pinkish hue. The 8.71-acre "Highland Reserve" tract which FOEC and its partners protected straddles the stream for roughly 1,000 feet. It is a rugged, heavily-wooded piece of land, unique in that it lies at the point where the flowing water cuts through hard bluestone terrace to create a small gorge in the soft shale below.
Through its preservation efforts, FOEC's objectives are to maintain this high-quality plant and animal habitat and to reduce the impact of erosion on the site's steep slopes and on the land further downstream. If retained in its natural state, this property will be ideal for scientific research and educational activities, and will enhance the overall beauty of this portion of the Euclid Creek Watershed.
The benefit on October 4th will commence at Richmond Place Clubhouse, 481 Donna Drive, which is located a short distance from the "Highland Reserve" parcel. Guests will be invited to enjoy wine, cheese and entertainment at the clubhouse, and shuttles will transport attendees to the site for tours of the property. The cost to attend this event is $35.00. The next morning, volunteer activities will begin at 10:00 A.M. Participants should dress for the weather, wear long sleeves and pants, and boots or work shoes. Gloves, water and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP for either or both events by contacting Watershed Coordinator Claire Posius at (216) 524-6580 ext. 16, or online at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether through a monetary donation or a commitment of time and effort, those who participate in FOEC's preservation weekend will truly be making a significant impact upon the health and beauty of this special place in Northeast Ohio.
Friends of Euclid Creek’s mission is to raise awareness about and preserve the natural features of the Euclid Creek Watershed.
Visit website for more information or to see detailed flyer at: http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/EuclidCreekFiles/FriendsofEuclidCreek.htm