The Crooked River of Ohio

The Crooked River of Ohio

Hello everyone! My name is Kyra Bassett and I am originally from the Metro Atlanta area. During my time in school, I pursued a B.A of Biology from Florida International University and continued on to a Master of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from Clemson University. The education I’ve obtained alongside internships have guided me towards my current career path. This journey has led me to Environment for the Americas. For 20 weeks, I will be a Mosaics in Science intern at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CUVA) in Ohio as the Natural Resource Management Assistant in the Resource Management division. I can’t wait to see what all the park will show me!

CUVA was originally a national recreation area in 1974 then it became a national park in 2000. Before the official establishment in the National Park Service, the area was being used for thousands of years. Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the land. They named the river within the park Cuyahoga, which translates to crooked river. Around the mid 1700s, European migrants came and settled. Such settlements led to settling posts and eventually those from New England came along. These new communities saw growth as a result of canals, railroads, and interstates. Increased development led to the decreased quality of the environment. The Cuyahoga River in the park was once known as the “river that burned”. Pollution from the neighboring areas have washed into the river which led to numerous fires occurring on the water. Throughout the years, time and resources have been put into the river to aid in the recovery. Currently, it is a work in progress but with the time that I will be spending at the park, I hope that my projects can continue to lead the river towards a positive direction.

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