Another successful week at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! This week we focused on river user counts through cameras, and trail monitors. I got to go out and learn how to switch SD cards in the three cameras we have set up, and how to format them. The three cameras are set up pointing towards the river. These are set in place so we can get an idea of how many people are using the river and for what. People go down the river in kayaks, canoes, floats and even some SUPs (stand up paddle boards).
Additionally we put up some infrared trail counters. These were put on little trails that are put ins, or take outs for people using the river. These don’t take pictures but help to give us a rough idea of how many people are going down these paths to the river, and at what times are most popular. With the information from these cameras and infrared counters we can use it create better water trails, and access points!