M-NCPPC is a state chartered entity governed by Article 28 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. Its jurisdiction includes both Montgomery County and Prince George’s County. The governing board of the Montgomery County Parks and Planning departments is appointed by the County Executive and County Council. The operating budget for Montgomery Parks, which includes personnel and maintenance functions, is determined by the County Council and reflects the overall County budget. Funds for land acquisition and capital improvements come from other state and county sources. The designation, stewardship, operation, and protection of park land is the responsibility of M-NCPPC, which is largely independent of elected officials and outside influences. Approximately ten percent of the land in Montgomery County is park land. Most of the parkland and park facilities in Montgomery county are owned by M-NCPPC or where the park land is owned by Montgomery County it is managed by M-NCPPC through a longstanding legal agreement.