Theiss Woods near Cuyahoga Valley National Park Could Become Newest Summit Metro Park
The city of Akron will be reviewing a new proposal for 45-acres of undeveloped land near Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The city is considering whether to develop the land or conserve it.
Western Reserve Land Conservancy is partnering with Summit Metro Parks on a new proposal to conserve Theiss Woods located at the southern end of the Cuyahoga Valley. If their proposal is selected, the land would become the newest Metro Park.
“The environmental cost plus the urban sprawl infrastructure cost far outweighs the economic gains from a tax basis,” he said.
Holland says developing Theiss Woods would remove the land’s environmental benefits, such as storm water runoff and carbon offsets.
Isaac Robb is leading this project for Western Reserve Land Conservancy. He says developing the land would mean permanently losing its environmental impact.
“The existing secondary forest captures a lot of carbon, prevents a lot of storm water runoff, and obviously the bio habitat and the soils as well provide a healthy ecosystem within the city of Akron,” he said.
Robb says this far outweighs any economic gains that would come with developing the land.