While Monocacy National Battlefield has not yet conducted a grass inventory of the park, park staff will be conducting a warm season grasses project in the future. Approximately 15 acres of warm season grasses will be planted with the goal of increased diversity and abundance of ground nesting birds such as the vesper sparrow and the eastern meadowlark, as well as mammals such as the field mouse and the cottontail rabbit.
Meadows also provide increased riparian buffers to the nearby waterways, thus following regional Chesapeake Watershed Initiatives. Establishment of these meadows will also help in the preservation of the cultural landscape of the park by reducing invasive, non-native vegetation. In addition to implementing the warm season grasses project, a management plan for the future of the meadows will be created.
Did You Know?
The "Y" at Monocacy Junction, completed in 1830, allows trains to turn around. It was the first of its kind in the United States, and is still in use today.