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Acacia continues on its long path back to its natural state
Former Cuyahoga County golf course will take several decades to revert to the way it was before development reached the area
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Cleveland Metroparks has wetlands, meadows and even a forest planned for the former country club.
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The long process of returning a Northeast Ohio golf course to natural woodlands and meadows continues. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier has the latest on work being done at the Cleveland MetroPark’s Acacia Reservation east of Cleveland.

 

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In 2012, the Acacia County Club trustees sold the property to The Conservation Fund for $14 million. A year later it was turned over the MetroParks with the agreement that it would not be used for golf and would be restored to a natural state. Since then the property has rarely been mowed.

Land restoration company, Biohabitats, is heading the transformation. Company officials say the former golf course’s drainage system will be removed to return the land to a mix of wet and dry meadows. And native trees will be planted to create forests. 

David Beach of the Cleveland environmental organization GreenCity/Blue Lake, says the conversion is important because of what’s around it.

“Cuyahoga Count,y where Acacia is, will be the first fully developed county in Ohio. So, in a highly developed area like this, every natural area like is important for recreation, wildlife, water quality and all kinds of other uses.”

Beach says Acacia is the second Ohio golf course being converted into a natural habitat. Geauga County’s Orchard Hills Park began its’ transformation in 20-08. Beach says reaching a mature native state will take several decades. 

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