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Cuyahoga Valley National Park Handbook

by Carolyn V. Platt
Foreword by John F. Seiberling

2006, 60 pp   ISBN 0-87338-858-5

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Published in cooperation with Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) is part of a national movement to establish parks that are readily accessible to city-dwellers. After a vigorous grassroots campaign, Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area was signed into being by President Gerald Ford in December 1974 and in 2000 became Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Stretching between Cleveland and Akron in heavily urbanized northeastern Ohio, CVNP has been called a “Green-Shrouded Miracle,” preserving precious green space and offering a retreat to more than 3,200,000 visitors each year.

In succinct, readable prose complemented by stunning photographs, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Handbook provides a brief but comprehensive history of the park—the people, the land, the ecology, and the politics that led to its creation. Author Carolyn Platt and staff from CVNP included historic and contemporary photographs and illustrations to enhance this handbook.

Carolyn V. Platt recently retired as professor of English at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. She is author of Creatures of Change: An Album of Ohio Animals (Kent State University Press, 1998) and Birds of the Lake Erie Region (Kent State University Press, 2001). As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Ohio’s 14th District, John F. Seiberling was part of a bipartisan congressional effort to create a national park in the Cuyahoga Valley


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