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Rock Creek Park

This natural community has a distinctive look with evergreen mountain laurel shrubs under a canopy of oaks and American beech. Look for the Oak - Beech / Heath Forest at Rock Creek Park on steep, convex slopes and bluffs above streams. You may see patches of moss on the thin, highly acidic soils. Outcrops of metamorphic bedrock jut out of the steep hillsides, along with the occasional white quartz vein. Because of the steepness, rainwater runs off quickly and soils do not accumulate easily.

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