Natural areas in MetroParks are managed so that habitat for plants and wildlife takes precedence. Doing so preserves clean water and air, supports plant and wildlife biodiversity, and provides beautiful places where people can connect with nature. Five Rivers MetroParks is guided by these land protection goals: Protect significant natural areas, particularly adjacent to existing MetroParks and river corridors, in the Miami Valley; Protect and connect significant tracts of forest; Link forests and park lands along river corridors; Establish buffer areas where needed to maintain open space and protect watersheds. In addition, MetroParksâ conservation department is guided by these principles: Actively manage designated habitats to ensure future plant and animal diversity; Use the best science available to inform management decisions; Determine the best use of available resources for maximum impact.
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