Sligo Section Stewards usually monitor a portion of Sligo Creek, work to improve it, help coordinate others’ efforts and advocate for it. They work at the discretion of the Board of Directors to conduct authorized activities. FOSC works to support Sligo Stewards on the initiatives they pursue. Some specifics you might undertake as a steward:
- Walk your section of the creek/path periodically, keeping an eye on things, and advocate for or explain about the creek as questions arise.
Example: Notice changes in your section – ivy climbing, problem areas for trash, etc. Help promote FOSC activities in your community and take part. Arrange or share other educational opportunities in or about Sligo Creek.
- Ensure users of the park develop an advanced appreciation of the good things about the park as well as how to learn more about it and local nature.
Examples: Report problems with the stormwater controls in place along the creek (training provided on recognizing problems.) Respond to messages on your community listserv about local wildlife. Alert your community about the negative impact on Sligo of road salt and effective alternatives.
- Note and report new problems, or help others know how to make these contacts.
Example: Monitoring Sligo Creek stormwater outfalls for pollution and reporting any problems using FOSC’s Water WatchDog Report to alert DEP’s investigative unit to obtain enforcement of pollution regulations.
- Protect the treasures of the woods and water, and arrange, recruit volunteers for, and promote Sweep the Creek Litter cleanup and Weed Warrior activities along the Creek.
Example: Noticing an area that needs litter clean up and arranging for/notifying your community about clean up activities.
Because invasive plants are such a fundamental threat to the biodiversity of Sligo, some stewards may choose to become certified Weed Warriors through Montgomery County Parks’ Weed Warrior certification program. The program teaches people how to identify and remove targeted non-native, invasive species and authorizes them to do so in Sligo and other county parks.
- About twice a year, help staff a table for a Sweep the Creek event focusing on collecting litter or pulling invasive plants. While staffing the table, conduct outreach and education for volunteers.
- Stay current with Friends of Sligo Creek activities and developments.
Indicate your interest in becoming a Sligo Steward through [email protected] or the FOSC Contact Form.