Russell Uplands Preserve Trails
This property lies between the upper main branch and the main branch of the Chagrin River, is mostly wooded, and is predominantly deciduous, although there are groves of pines and spruce in the northern portion along Route 87. The property is a diverse mix of floodplain-terraced wetlands, mature upland forest and numerous streams. Dominant trees in the floodplain-terraced wetlands are sycamore, black walnut, red ash and elm. The stream floodplain areas also contain a wide variety of shrubs, sedges, grasses and wildflowers. The upland forest is primarily mature beech, maple and red oak, including many large red oaks three to four feet in diameter at breast height.
Russell Uplands Preserve contains 16,000 linear feet of high quality headwater streams and approximately two acres of Ohio EPA Category 3 (high quality) riparian wetlands. At least ten intermittent streams flow through the ravines near Russell Road and continue generally west across the property to the upper main branch of the Chagrin River. The northernmost creeks flow into Griswold Creek, a tributary of the main branch of the Chagrin River, and the two southernmost creeks flow directly into the main branch of the Chagrin River, a state scenic river. The property also contains a one-acre pond and an adjacent open meadow.