• Monocacy National Battlefield, Best Farm

    Monocacy

    National Battlefield Maryland

Facilities Management

Al Kirkwood

Facilities Management Division Chief Al Kirkwood

The Facilities Management division at Monocacy National Battlefield is responsible for the upkeep of the park's 1,647 acres. The maintenance team works hard year-round to provide the best possible visitor experience. Facilities Management tasks include:

Visitor Experience

  • Special events setup
  • Trail and boardwalk maintenance
  • Wayside exhibit maintenance
 
Custodial maintenance is undertaken daily.

Maintenance worker Gene Carr

Landscape Upkeep

  • Erosion control and storm damage cleanup
  • Fenceline installation and repair
  • Groundskeeping, including turf and landscape maintenance
  • Hazardous tree removal from roads and visitor access areas
  • Tree-health pruning and removal
 
Park vehicle maintenance is performed by Monocacy staff

Gene Wolfe works on a park vehicle

Facilities

  • Installation and upkeep of signage
  • Road maintenance including snow removal and gravel road-bed upkeep
  • Vehicle and equipment maintenance
 

Custodial

  • Building custodial tasks and maintenance including painting, HVAC repairs, and masonry repairs
  • Litter and recycling management
  • Pest management
 

Monocacy's Green Initiative

Monocacy National Battlefield is working hard to reduce the impact of park operations on the environment. Some of our "green" initiatives include:

  • Installing energy-efficient bulbs in our visitor center and offices, using motion-triggered lighting, and installing set-back thermostats.


  • Performing energy audits on our buildings to ensure peak performance by installing insulation and energy-conserving windows and doors.


  • Recycling paper, cardboard, plastic, and glass.


  • Replacing older fleet vehicles with hybrids and other more energy-efficient models.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

White-tailed deer are found in abundance on the battlefield. The rising population of deer has an intense affect on the herbaceous and woody plants found within the park, and several studies have recently been conducted on the effects of the overpopulation of deer. More...