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Green Paper-
Revitalizing Rock Creek Park:
The Next 125 Years 


Executive Summary of the Green Paper


Green Ribbon Panel 


Empaneled by Rock Creek Conservancy as part of the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park, the Green Ribbon Panel reviewed, made recommendations, and presented the Green Paper: Revitalizing Rock Creek Park: The Next 125 Years.

The Green Ribbon Panel members are recognized authorities in environmental and regional resource issues, including natural and built environments, community engagement, urban planning, parks and recreational issues, education and awareness regarding the natural environment, and historical matters. Click here to view Biographies and Photos.


Green Ribbon Panel Members

Lisa Alexander, Executive Director, Audubon Naturalist Society

Doug Barker, President, Barker + Scott Consulting

Hedrick Belin, President, Potomac Conservancy

Mark Buscaino, Executive Director, Casey Trees

Jim Foster, President, Anacostia Watershed Society

Denis Galvin, Board, National Parks Conservation Assn.; Dep. Dir., National Park Service (fmr)

Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities

George Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, DC Water and Sewer Authority

Jerry Johnson, Chief Exec. Officer and Gen. Manager, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

Lori Kaplan, President and CEO, Latin American Youth Center

Greg Kats, President, Capital E

Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive, Montgomery County, Maryland

Stephanie Meeks, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Michelle Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Groundswell

Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Congresswoman, District of Columbia

Ari Novy, Executive Director, United States Botanic Gardens

Audrey Peterman, Founding Director, Earthwise Productions

Carter Roberts, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund

David Rogner, Executive Director, Harvest Collective

Lex Sant, Managing Director, Persimmon Tree Capital

Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Congressman, Maryland

Tommy Wells, Director, District Department of the Environment

Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Harvard, Pulitzer Prize winning author


Find Yourself in Rock Creek Park

125th Anniversary Kickoff: Green Ribbon Panel Interviews

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Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service Full NPS Event Schedule

Find Yourself in Rock Creek Park- Volunteer for the MLK Weekend of Service 

Volunteer to Save Trees and Clean Streams in Rock Creek

Rock Creek Conservancy is getting ready and gearing up for the 2016 MLK Weekend of Service. Check here for the most up to date details on the activities.  If you are interested in getting a group involved, please email John Maleri at

2016 MLK Weekend of Service info:

Volunteer activities include (1) cutting invasive English ivy from trees as part of the Conservancy’s to protect the Rock Creek tree canopy; (2) cutting invasive vines such as berry and Oriental bittersweet so natives can grow in the park; and (3) cleaning up trash that has accumulated along streams; (4) laying mulch. 

WHEN:  Saturday, January 16th and Monday, January 18th

WHERE: Events will occur at locations throughout Rock Creek Park.

Check out our full map of activities to find a volunteer event near you!

Saturday, January 16th

Glover Archbold Davis Street Entrance: 10:00-12:00, English Ivy Removal (kids under 16 can participate but will not be able to use tools)

Piney Branch: 10:00-12:00, Trash cleanup (kid friendly)

Pinehurst Branch: 1:00-4:00, Invasive Removal and Trash Cleanup (kid friendly)

Monday, January 18th

Melvin Hazen West: 10:00-12:00, Invasive Removal (cancelled)

Mouth of Rock Creek: 10:00-12:00, English ivy Removal

Piney Branch: 10:00-12:00, Invasive Removal

Glover Archbold - Garfield St: 10:00-12:00, Enlgish Ivy Removal (Private Event)

Glover Archbold - Whitehaven: 10:00-12:00. Enlgish Ivy Removal (Private Event)

Peirce Mill: 10:00-12:00, Trash Cleanup (kid friendly)

Rock Creek Park Golf Course: 10:00-12:00, Trash Cleanup (kid friendly)

Soapstone Valley: 1:00-3:00, Invasive Removal

Fort Reno: 1:00-3:00, Trash Cleanup

Glover Archbold - 44th St: 1:00-4:00 - English Ivy Removal (Private Event)

WHY: As part of the MLK Weekend of Service, Rock Creek Conservancy is celebrating with an entire weekend of volunteer service opportunities.  Combating English ivy, an aggressive invasive vine that weakens and kills trees, helps protect Rock Creek’s tree canopy.  Removing other invasive vines such as berry and Oriental bittersweet also helps to protect our native trees.  Picking up trash makes our parks more healthy and beautiful.

WHO:  Rock Creek Conservancy is a local nonprofit organization working to protect the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalize Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy.  The Conservancy's partners for these events are the National Park ServiceMontgomery Parks, and Blue Planet Scuba, and Chevy Chase Church.

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