Westchester County is committed to preserving the natural environment through a host of initiatives designed to protect its thousands of acres of unspoiled land and the hundreds of species of plants and wildlife that thrive there. The Parks Department works closely with several environmental and historical agencies and organizations and a host of dedicated individual volunteers in these initiatives. The results of these environmental protective efforts are evident with the recent establishment of numerous Biodiversity Protection Areas, the recognition of several parks as Important Bird Areas, the creation of the Westchester Endangered Species List and other environmental programs