On April 20, the city of Cuyahoga Falls was awarded the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) Clean Ohio Conservation Fund grant for the preservation of approximately 40 acres of natural forestland in Cuyahoga Falls. The site is located on Haas Road within a short distance of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Protecting this property as a nature preserve will help buffer and protect the scenic beauty of the area, according to a city news release. The Dickerson Run Nature Preserve project will provide the protection for city residents by collecting stormwater before it enters the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

"The site is adjacent to Woodridge Local Schools, and will provide educational opportunities for students as well as future nature paths for walking and recreation," stated Mayor Don Walters.

The City has undergone "significant growth" with the completion of several large development projects over the past few years, the news release said. Natural resource protection projects such as the Dickerson Run Nature Preserve help to provide balance to the growth to protect water quality and provide habitat for a variety of native plant and animal species.