The goal of the Department of Recreation and Parks is to preserve a balance of ecological, natural and environmental values in Open Space land throughout the County. We strive to manage these areas in a way that will preserve their ecological integrity while making them available to the public for passive recreational use. A key element in our management plan is public awareness and education. We produce a series of publications designed to educate the public on matters related to the conservation and preservation of the environment. To help accomplish this goal, our staff is available to speak with various civic and community organizations and to assist with the planning and implementation of projects such as habitat enhancement, reforestation, stream walks, water quality monitoring, etc. It is our firm belief that only by working together can we fulfill the moral and civic responsibility with which we have all been charged…the stewardship of the land. For additional information, or to become involved in our program, please call 410-313-4700, or send e-mail to the Department of Recreation and Parks.