Despite urbanization, Montgomery County has a wealth of natural areas that provide refuge for wild species and respite for park patrons. We preserve these spaces so that rare species of animals and plants may endure and all of us can enjoy the natural beauty of our region for generations to come.
Open Space Conservation
Our efforts include a bold, multi-million dollar program to protect thousands of acres of exceptional open space lands and heritage resources through a public/private initiative called Legacy Open Space.
The first comprehensive plan of its kind, Legacy Open Space creates a $100 million, 10-year commitment of public and private dollars, and provides a visionary framework for the strategic protection of irreplaceable unprotected open space, watershed lands, and historic properties.
Our dedicated Vegetation Management Staff preserves rare and endangered plant species while battling the negative effects of non-native invasive plants (NNIs), with strategies that include:
- The Weed Warrior volunteer force and special events are crucial components of our comprehensive approach to reclaiming parkland.
- Providing you with the opportunity to make a 100% tax-deductible contribution donation to Save the Trees.
- Developing long-range management plans that will enable us to take back parkland from the encroachment of NNIs.
- Building staff and financial resources that will enable us to implement those plans.
- Using staff and contract resources to conduct mechanical, chemical, and cultural control efforts in our best natural areas, as well as in highly visible and urbanized natural areas.
- Training park managers and maintenance personnel to recognize and deal with the invasive plant problem as part of their regular work programs.
- Using GIS technology to locate and map heavy NNI infestations and particularly troublesome plants (such as Japanese knotweed, kudzu, and tree-killing vines).
- Developing prioritized lists of treatment sites concurrent with our mapping efforts.
- Implementing reforestation and habitat restoration projects that include a site preparation phase where NNIs are removed.
County & Local Agencies