‘What we have learned’: Impact canopy island to reopen as canopy island
CANTON, Ohio — The Ohio State University Impact canopy is opening for business as the first canopy island in the country to reopen for business.
The island will remain closed until the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service make a decision on the impact to the canopy, which covers about 2,000 acres, about 30 percent of the state’s land.
The island was established by Ohio’s National Parks Service to provide shade and shade trees for the canopy island during the peak of summer.
“We want to make sure that this island stays open so that we can continue to get the trees back,” said Mark Coker, a project manager with the Ohio Parks and Recreation Department.
It will remain open to the public during the summer, when temperatures hover around 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is the first time the Ohio State Impact canopy has been reopened, and it’s the first that the state has ever reopened from the ground up, said Jim Dye, the Ohio state parks and recreation director.
John Kasich is a fan of the idea and says he’s excited to see the canopy reopening.
If the state decides to reopen it, it will take about 10 to 15 days to get all the trees down.
Coker said the state was forced to close the island because the trees were too old and the trees had been damaged.
The state decided to re-open it when the trees began to deteriorate.
The state’s Conservation Program Manager, Dan DeHaan, said he would be doing a lot of monitoring and evaluating the forest to make a determination as to how long the trees would remain on the island.
Dye said the trees that were damaged will be taken down, but they’re not going to be removed completely.