Before:  Holden Arboretum's headwater stream to Pierson Creek in Kirtland was straight and lacked shade
 
After:  Holden Arboretum removed concrete, restored the meandering stream pattern and will plant stream corridor vegetation in 2014

The Holden Arboretum acquired a $100,000 Ohio EPA 319 grant to restore 350 linear feet of headwater stream that flows from the outlet of Heath Pond and ultimately to Pierson Creek.  The stream is in the rhododendron gardens just downstream of Heath Pond.  The restoration actually created 410 linear feet of meandering stream channel with floodplain access and a modified outfall from Heath Pond.   This restoration project will protect Pierson Creek by reducing streambank erosion, replanting the stream corridor and maintaining cool water temperatures.  

 
The Holden Arboretum is a non-profit organization established in 1931 by people of vision and great generosity, who understood the importance of protecting precious green spaces and natural resources for future generations.  At the time of its creation, the Arboretum encompassed just 100 acres.  Today Holden Arboretum contains over 3,600 acres of which over 2,800 acres are natural areas.  In addition, the Arboretum stewards 1,400 acres through conservation easements.  Over 95% of the land holdings and easements are within the East Branch of the Chagrin River watershed.
 
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