Natural Communities in Arlington County Parks
A key challenge to use the Natural Communities research is identifying Natural Communities in the field. Thankfully, Natural Communities have been mapped in several parks in Arlington County. You can use these maps to understand what is happening in these parks. The information can also be useful to extrapolate what Natural Communities were likely once found in adjoining or nearby properties.
Natural Communities in Arlington County Parks (and beyond)
UNDER CONSTRUCTION! PLEASE BE PATIENT!
Of the nine communities identified so far, two are found rarely, if at all, in Arlington County: Basic Hardpan Oak-Hickory Forest and Oak-Beech Heath Forests. These two communities are commonly found in Fairfax County and beyond and so are essential to this guide.
The following maps highlight Natural Communities identified in several Arlington County Parks. The mapping was done a decade ago, with great effort from Greg Zell, Rod Simmons, and others. In the meantime, several of the official names of the Communities have changed. No effort has been made to align the Community names in these maps with the Community names in the rest of the website.