Metro Parks supports an extraordinary diversity and high quality of plant and animal species throughout our 17 parks. More than 2,200 plant and animal species have been documented. Our Resource Management staff is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating programs that manage natural areas for optimal habitat. Protecting and restoring critical wildlife habitats such as prairies and wetlands, along with prime natural features such as mature forests and streams ensures a legacy for future generations to enjoy.
Metro Parks manages land and water areas to ensure a variety of native species. This approach considers the type, quality and amount of habitat potential for restoration. Exotic species of plants and animals are controlled to the extent possible. When necessary, wildlife populations are managed to maintain a balanced ecosystem within the parks' natural areas.