December 17, 2014

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Living in the Vermilion River Watershed topic of new book

VERMILION — A new educational book about the Vermilion River Watershed will soon be available free of charge to local residents.

The 120-page book, “Living in the Vermilion River Watershed,” is intended for local residents of the watershed, including recreational users, farmers, rural residents, townspeople, business people and local government officials.

A compilation of articles written by local experts, knowledgeable residents and community leaders, the book includes over 300 color photos donated by 18 amateur and professional photographers detailing the watershed’s beautiful flora and fauna.

The chapters of the book incorporate a wide range of subjects including local wildflower identification, the river’s geologic history, farming practices along the watershed, common plants, birds, fish, mammals and the river’s current water quality, as well as suggestions for what residents can do to be good stewards.

Compiled and edited by Oberlin College professors Mary Garvin and Jan Cooper, the book grew out of a course they teach on the watershed for first-year college students.

Authors and photographers were recruited from a variety of colleges and universities, government agencies, conservation organizations, and local communities.

Included on the list are local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Oberlin College, Cleveland State University, Ohio State University, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Lorain County Metro Parks and the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg College.

The book is being distributed by Oberlin College and the Firelands Chapter of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, in conjunction with various other government and private organizations.

“Living in the Vermilion River Watershed” will be made available to local residents without cost thanks to a grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Oberlin College.

Copies of the book will be given away at the New London Area Historical display during the Firelands Festival and in the Community Club welcome picnic shelter.

Beginning Sept. 2, the book will be available at a number of distribution locations, including local public libraries and through the Firelands Chapter Western Reserve Land Conservancy office in Oberlin at (440) 774-4226 or by e-mail at firelandslc@oberlin.net.

Contact Ellen Simmons at (440) 329-7155 or metro@chroniclet.com.