Despite urbanization, Montgomery County has a wealth of natural areas that provide refuge for wild species and respite for park patrons. Parks staff preserve these spaces so that common and rare species of animals and plants may endure, and all of us can enjoy the natural beauty of our region for generations to come. The soils, streams, rivers, wetlands, woodlands, and other natural resources of Montgomery County support a variety of ecological communities and form the backbone of our park system.
Natural Vegetation and Wildlife Habitat
Terrestrial resources include the flora (plants) and fauna (wildlife) that live among us in the County’s Park system. A healthy and vibrant Park system is dependent on a healthy and diverse plant community. Vegetation Management Staff preserves unique and valuable habitats, and rare and endangered plant species while battling the negative effects of non-native invasive plants (NNIs), with strategies that include: Identification and acquisition of important natural resources, Best Natural Areas and Biodiversity Areas management, Afforestation/reforestation and habitat restoration, Non-Native Plant management and the Weed Warrior and Woods Warrior volunteer programs, and White-tailed Deer, nuisance wildlife management, and artificial habitat programs.
Aquatic Resources (Water Resources)
Aquatic resources in the County include fish, amphibians, reptiles, benthic macroinvertebrates (small insects and other creek dwellers), and the water bodies where they reside. Parks staff manage the County’s aquatic resources by conducting stream monitoring, employing stream restoration and stormwater management techniques, and administering the Department’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (NPDES MS4) and Industrial permits. Staff also conduct environmental review of concept plans for impacts to natural resources on properties owned or managed by the M-NCPPC.
Wildlife is managed for public safety, regulatory compliance, biodiversity, and sustainability, and in accordance with human land uses and priorities.
The future success of our stewardship efforts depends on an engaged community that understands the impact of human actions on the environment and that is committed to support conservation activities in their own lives and throughout our community. To find out more about how you can become involved, visit one of Montgomery Parks’ four nature centers.