While much, if not all, of the forests of Cabin John Creek Stream Valley Park have been cut over several times in the last few centuries, they have now been given nearly a century of protection and you can find some impressive specimens in the park.
Some of the most common species to look for include American Beech (Fagus grandifolia), easily recognized by its very smooth park (unfortunately frequently marred by graffiti), Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), among the tallest trees in the park, and various species of oaks and maples. In some sections near the creek, look for the Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), which in late May to early June is profuse with beautiful white flowers.
Mature trees can soak up to 50-100 gallons of water a day and are critical to reducing stormwater runoff, cleaning the water, and preventing erosion.
Plant a shade tree in your yard and help the creek!
Use the iNaturalist app to identify trees by their leaves.
Made possible through the Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant program
funded through the Montgomery County Water Quality Protection Fund