Claridon Woodlands Habitat
Claridon Woodlands is heavily dominated by forest cover, a total of 77 acres, or 60 percent. Due to manipulation of the land over the past decade, the property has a variety of forest ages, but the middle of the property was left relatively intact, thus the mature forest stand dominated by beech and sugar maple trees. About 4,230 linear feet of Cuyahoga River tributaries run through this property.
Many headwaters streams and associated wetlands provide key buffers between surrounding human land use and the Cuyahoga River, and provide for vital riparian habitats. Two man-made ponds measure about 3.1 and 1.2 acres. Mixed swamps are Claridon Woodlands’ most common wetlands. Some wetlands were dammed to create ponds, but are now in an early successional state and often grade into the open pond waters, i.e. the western fringe of the smaller pond. Claridon Woodlands is also home to many sedge-grass meadow wetlands.