Natural Resources Stewardship

The natural resources assets of the Morris County Park Commission are plentiful and diverse, and their stewardship is of utmost importance. The MCPC works diligently to manage these natural resources to foster healthy and well-functioning ecosystems, while balancing recreational needs. The MCPC’s Natural Resources Department consists of several full-time employees trained in ecology and biology and seasonal employees who are pursuing a career in the field.

Resources & Surveys

The Morris County Park Commission regularly retains professional consultants to survey park natural resources. The resulting reports help the Park Commission to have a more detailed understanding of the ecology of the parks and guide land stewardship decisions.

Botanical Surveys

Since 2013 the MCPC has contracted with experienced botanists to conduct comprehensive botanical inventories of plant communities in 10 parks and prepare reports that summarize plant species composition, identify rare plant communities and habitats, invasive species concerns, and provide recommendations as to stewardship actions and priorities. In conjunction with other resources and staff knowledge, these reports provide invaluable information which is used to plan and implement the MCPC’s natural resource management program.

Photos below are courtesy of Jared Rosenbaum, Wild Ridge Plants.

Volunteer

Volunteers play an important role in helping the Morris County Park Commission steward our natural resources! The Natural Resources Department provides a number of avenues for volunteers to get involved. See below for information on specific opportunities.