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Natural Resources Stewardship

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The Natural Resources Stewardship Section of the Park Planning and Stewardship Division has a primary responsibility for protecting the natural environment within the park system. It is our goal to inventory, protect, manage and enhance natural resources on Montgomery County Parklands to provide a healthy and diverse environment for the enjoyment of park patrons and future generations.

The Natural Resources Stewardship Section also provides consultations to park region, engineering, design and planning staffs, and to citizens and other agencies and departments regarding natural resource management and environmental issues. This work includes coordination of park-wide National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), review of all Park Trail and Development Review Plans for natural resource impacts and the development of Natural Resources Management Plans.

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Vegetation Management

Our Vegetation Management staff is responsible for our Natural Resource Inventories, Management Plans, Reforestation, Rare Plant Protection, Habitat Restoration and for Non-native Invasive (NNI) Plant Management which includes our acclaimed Weed Warrior Volunteer Programs.

Wildlife Management

Wildlife Management staff is responsibilities include wildlife inventories, protection, habitat and population management, and conflict resolution.

Deer Management Program - Deer Management Program and Managed Hunt information

Wildlife Conflict Resolution
Living with Wildlife Series information to help humans and animals coexist. See the web pages below for more information.

Plans & More

Natural Resources Management Plan (PDF, 4.5MB)
This document provides a general framework for park staff on the management of approximately 26,000 acres of natural areas on M-NCPPC parkland in Montgomery County.

Stormwater Pollution in Parks
Controlling stormwater pollution is key to ensuring a healthy environment for park patrons as well as for the fish and wildlife that live in our parks.

Wild Montgomery
Enjoy and explore Montgomery County’s beautiful wild places! Check out our list of "Green Getaways" for some of the best natural sites in the county. We hope you will use these web pages as your resource to learn more about the beautiful, natural areas Montgomery County has to offer.

Online Natural Resources Exhibits
Explore Montgomery Parks’ environmental stewardship activities through our conservation parks, biodiversity habitats, best natural areas and more.

ICC Environmental Stewardship Projects in M-NCPPC Parks
Many of the State Highway Administration (SHA) Intercounty Connector (ICC) Environmental Stewardship and Compensatory Mitigation projects will take place in M-NCPPC parklands.

Last update: July 1, 2016