Visitor Center partial closure
Prince William Forest Park Visitor Center will close three days a week begining December 17th, 2013. The closure will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week between December 17th, 2013 to March 1st, 2014.
Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry Closure
Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry area will be closed December 1st, 2013 to February 28th, 2014.
Outside firewood is prohibited in Prince William Forest Park, unless it is certified USDA 'bug free' firewood. Dead and downed wood may be collected from designated areas for use while in the park. Help us protect the forest from invasive species!
Prince William Forest Park (PRWI) contains several vernal pools, low-lying areas where precipitation gathers. These pools are important breeding areas for many of the park’s amphibian species. Vernal pools and other components of the Quantico Creek watershed are suffering the consequences of the precipitation deficit affecting much of the Eastern United States. Generally regarded as pristine, the Quantico Creek watershed faces pollution pressures associated with the ever-expanding urban sprawl of the Washington D.C. metro area. Resource management staff regularly monitors the park’s streams and lakes for numerous criteria in hopes of preventing habitat degradation.
Management of exotic species is another concern of park employees. Introduced plants compete with native species for resources and destroy suitable vegetative habitat. Exotic animal pests, namely the Gypsy Moth, further impair forest communities. Eradication of non-native species may not be possible, but it is important to attempt to slow their spread before resulting ecosystem damage is irreversible.
Did You Know?
Capable of living as long as 100 years, the Eastern Box Turtle is Prince William Forest Park's longest living reptile, and if conditions are just right, can spend their entire life in an area no larger than a football field.