Scientist Lecture Series: Mentor Marsh: History, Tragedy, Recovery

February 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Holden Arboretum
9550 Sperry Rd
Kirtland, OH 44094
Free but registration required

Mentor Marsh was one of the most species-rich sites on the Great Lakes shoreline until the late 1960s when salt-mine tailings leached into the waterway, killing most of the swamp forest trees and marsh plants. The site was overtaken by reed grass (Phragmites australis), an aggressive invasive plant. In 2012, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History began a large-scale restoration of Mentor Marsh, treating Phragmites via helicopter and ground-based amphibious vehicles, and physically mashing the grass flat to allow native plants to grow. Today, dozens of native plant species are sprouting throughout the Marsh and rare marsh birds and native fish are returning to the site.