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i Davey Resource Group September 2015 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (CLNP) is an 88-acre site located on the Lake Erie shore, just east of the Burke Lakefront Airport and downtown Cleveland. The site is near Bratenahl in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and is managed by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. Home to a variety of plant and wildlife species, CLNP (formerly known as Dike 14) is accessible through public trails. Left to naturalize on its own since filling operations at the former confined disposal facility ceased in 1999, CLNP has flourished, with large areas of the peninsula dominated by tree and shrub cover that have naturally established. While much of the vegetation at CLNP is healthy, native naturalized growth, the nature of the site and the dredge materials used to form it have also allowed for growth of many non-native, invasive plant species. As part of an ongoing commitment to provide the public with improved lakefront access and support environmental initiatives, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority assembled a committee of experts from local parks, conservation districts, and surrounding community organizations to collaborate and develop a long-term land management plan that aligns with the vison and goals for the preserve. The committee members and their affiliations are listed in Table 1 below. This management plan has been developed to provide guidance and an overall vision for CLNP. The goal of the Port Authority is to enhance CLNP, create a wildlife sanctuary that local residents and visitors of the Cleveland area can enjoy, and protect the area from loss of wildlife and plant diversity by actively managing the preserve for healthy native habitat. In order to develop this plan, a field-based vegetation survey was performed by Davey Resource Group biologists. In this survey, approximately 50 acres were noted as having some level of infestation of non-native, invasive vegetation. The study area contains upland open fields, shrub thickets, and successional woods. Maps showing the location and size of the primary invasive vegetation populations and their associated percent cover can be found in Appendices A and B. MEMBER NAME MEMBER AFFILIATION Jim Bissell Cleveland Museum of Natural History Renee Boronka Cleveland Museum of Natural History Sarah Cech Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Claudia Fulton Garden Club of Cleveland Susan Gallager The Ohio Lepidopterists Society David Goerig Davey Resource Group Tim Krynak Cleveland Metroparks Corine Peugh Davey Resource Group Renata Brown Cleveland Botanical Garden Jan Rybka Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District Linda Sternheimer Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Harvey Webster Cleveland Museum of Natural History TABLE 1 Cleveland Lakefront Preserve Advisory Committee Members

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