The committee represents one of the five key focus areas of the past three Association Community Plans and promotes the goals and objectives outlined in the Plans. Activity this past year has included monitoring or advocating for positive outcomes for:
- Monitoring the sale of commercial land and proposed uses, including facilities for self-storage, a brewery, and a pickleball facility.
- Monitoring the Falls Road water main replacement project and communicating concerns to Baltimore County DPW or the prime contractor when they arise.
Activity at Lake Roland has included a park award, additional trail stabilization, the expansion of an education nature trail addressing trail access issues and parking concerns, bond funding for several park capital projects, additional memorial benches, outreach to other nature sites to aid with expertise or equipment, planting of native trees and plants, implementation of the serpentine barrens management plan, fallen tree removal on trails and roadways, invasive plant management and weed warrior outings.
Board Member Jeffrey Budnitz was awarded the 2023 National Recreation and Parks Association’s Robert M. Artz Advocate Award for his work as the Executive Founding Board Member and Treasurer of the Lake Roland Nature Council. This is the highest national award given to a volunteer in the National Recreation and Park Association community.