Natural Features & Ecosystems
Manassas National Battlefield Park protects over 5,000 acres of grasslands, forests, ponds and streams. An ecological community is a group of interacting species that coexist in an area. These communities are classified based on various components including vegetation, wildlife, land form, and hydrologic processes. The varying features that influence the different communities are both biotic and abiotic. Biotic factors result from living organisms such as bacteria, fungi, plants, animals, and people. Abiotic factors are the non-living components such as climate, rocks and minerals, soil, physiology, hydrology and altitude. The combination of these different features shapes an ecological community.
Did You Know?
Lieutenant Adelbert Ames of the 5th U.S. Artillery was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at First Manassas. Ames would eventually rise to the rank of brevet Major General. He would outlive all other general officers of the Civil War, dying in 1933 at the age of 97.