Stewardship and Ecological Threats

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EDDMapS—track infestations of non-native invasive plants

Rock Creek Conservancy

Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy

Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park is celebrated as a green sanctuary within one of the busiest cities in the world. Threats abound, however, for the natural communities in this urban park, requiring active stewardship by park staff and volunteer groups.

All of the plants, animals, and natural processes of a natural community are interdependent. For this reason, a threat to any part of the community can upset the dynamics of the whole.

The goal of natural resource management in the park is to maintain healthy, functioning natural communities, while simultaneously meeting the needs of human populations that the park and Rock Creek serve. Good stewardship anticipates problems that might arise, and attempts to correct the imbalances and minimize the threats.

Learn more about ecological threats to the natural communities of Rock Creek Park. Learn how park staff are addressing those challenges, and about how you can make a difference!

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Lesser celandinePlants and Animals

Learn about non-native invasive plants, non-native invasive insects/animals, diseases, white-tailed deer and population dynamics, and species of concern

Fort Stevens 1864Water and Land Use

Learn how historic and current water and land use in and around what is now Rock Creek Park affect the park’s natural communities

Severe weather in Mid-AtlanticClimate and Weather

Learn about how severe weather and non-native invasive plant seeds team up to create challenges for the park. Find out about climate trends taking shape.

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Lesser celandine / Fig buttercup – Adam Fagen; Fort Stevens 1864 – Library of Congress; Severe weather in Mid-Atlantic – NASA