Thank you to the Montgomery County Council, the County Executive, and all of you who stood up for Rock Creek! On January 20, the Council passed a bill that will ban the use and sale of most polystyrene products in Montgomery County. Furthermore, the bill requires the use of recyclable or compostable single-use disposable food service ware such as plates, cups, and eating utensils. Nearly 80% of Rock Creek is located in Montgomery County, and polystyrene products make up as much as a third of the trash found and collected in and around the creek. Rock Creek Conservancy and its supporters helped push for this important legislation. We encourage you to thank the entire Council for their action.
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National Park Service and Rock Creek Conservancy Host Special Events to Celebrate the Park's 125th Anniversary
Washington - The National Park Service and Rock Creek Conservancy yesterday kicked off a year-long celebration of the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park with a special event at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and Junior Ranger activities in the park. Park staff, partners, and new Junior Rangers shared their appreciation for the park and expressed optimism for its future.
"This is a year-long opportunity to highlight the rich history of Rock Creek Park as the first urban national park in the country," Superintendent Tara Morrison said. "This morning children dissected owl pellets and learned about park wildlife; I saw their eyes light up with the satisfaction of discovery -- maybe we'll inspire a future biologist. That's what this year is about -- having fun, learning, and inspiring people to work together to ensure a great future for Rock Creek Park."
Rock Creek Conservancy announced the nearly two dozen members of its Green Ribbon Panel, which will draft a green paper with observations and recommendations for the park's next 125 years. Panelists include Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congressman Chris Van Hollen Jr., along with Pulitzer prize-winning author Edward Wilson and experts in urban planning, the environment, national parks, conservation, community development, recreation and the arts.
"We are honored to have attracted the commitment and level of expertise of those on the Green Ribbon Panel," Rock Creek Conservancy Executive Director Matt Fleischer said. "While the panelists evaluate the long-term possibilities for the park, we will focus on the more immediate with the 'Find Yourself in Rock Creek Park' app and helping people enjoy the park and volunteer in ways that strengthen their connection and improve the health of this very special place."
A new smart phone app, coming soon, was unveiled. The app will help people plan their park visits and make navigating the trails and attending park programs and volunteer events easier. The National Park Service and Rock Creek Conservancy hope that events during this anniversary year will encourage more people to visit the park and get involved.
Throughout the day, aspiring Junior Ranger attended programs in the park where they learned about owls and other wildlife, the Civil War, and how to care for their environment. All of the young people earned patches and were sworn in as new Junior Rangers.
About the National Park Service
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About Rock Creek Conservancy
Rock Creek Conservancy protects the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalizes Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy. Rock Creek Conservancy is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, please go to www.rockcreekconservancy.org
Take Our Pledge to Remove English Ivy From Your Property
English ivy is an invasive plant that is commonly used as a ground cover. It spreads rapidly, kills trees, and damages property. We are currently working to remove English ivy from trees on park lands, but we need your help to remove ivy throughout the Rock Creek watershed. Please take our pledge to remove English ivy from your property and prevent its spread.
English ivy is a major threat to the health of the trees around Rock Creek in Montgomery County and the District. I pledge to remove English ivy from my property and to protect my trees from its spread.
Rock Creek Conservancy has several ways to give in honor of someone special.
Celebrate a holiday or birthday with a Rock Creek Conservancy gift membership. Provide the person's name and address on the online donation form, and we will inform them of their gift membership.
A gift to Rock Creek Conservancy can mark special occasions, such as a wedding, graduation, anniversary, or Mother's or Father's Day. We will mail a letter to the honoree informing them of your generous gift, but the amount will not be disclosed.
Pay tribute to the memory of someone you care about. Provide the person's name and the family's address, and we will let them know of your gift.
Imagine not being able to play in Rock Creek or in your neighborhood stream. After decades of pollution from toxic sites along the Anacostia River, that's the scenario for citizens who wish to use the Anacostia. In February, a coalition of groups came together to form United for a Healthy Anacostia River. This coalition intends to raise public awareness of the Anacostia's toxics problem and keep pressure on our local government officials not to let the cleanup fall behind.
To learn more about the problem and how you can help, go here and visit the website of United for a Healthy Anacostia River. And sign the petition urging the District to make cleaning up the toxins in the river a top priority.
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