Sligo Stewards

Sligo Section Stewards are a vital part of FOSC’s work. They provide oversight, leadership, and hands-on work within their section of the Creek. There are presently 19 steward sections in the eight-mile mainstem of Sligo Creek, plus its tributaries. We currently have openings for 5 new stewards in sections 4, 8L, 12U, 13 and 14. Indicate your interest in becoming a Sligo Steward through the Contact FOSC form.

Stewards by Section

# Section Steward
1 South of New Hampshire Nicole Robertson
2 New Hampshire to Maple Linda Tipton
David Koelsch
3 Maple to Piney Branch Bruce Sidwell
4 Piney Branch to Wayne Steward Needed
5 Wayne to Colesville Terry Anderson
6 Colesville to Forest Glen Ross Campbell
7 Forest Glen to Dennis Judy Tasse
8L  Dennis to Windham Lane Steward Needed
8U Windham Lane to University Margaret Herbers
9 North of University Kathleen Michels,
Ed Murtagh
10U Long Branch (N of Piney Branch) Karen Hatwell
10M Long Branch (between Piney Branch & Carroll Ave) Zach Boren
10L Long Branch (S of Carroll Ave) Jo Arnone
11 Takoma Branch Keith Kozloff
12U Wheaton Branch (above Dennis Ave) Steward Needed
12L Wheaton Branch (below Dennis Ave) Yasemin and Sam Luebke
13 Comstock Branch Steward Needed
14 Flora Lane Steward Needed
15 Takoma Woods Richard Payne

Section Steward Opportunities

Sligo Section Stewards usually monitor their section, work to improve it, help coordinate others’ efforts and advocate for it. They work at the discretion of the Board of Directors to conduct FOSC-authorized activities. 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 section as questions arise.

Example: When trash barrels were being returned to the Park, one steward suggested to the local Park Manager where more effective locations might be.

  • Note and report new problems, or help others know how to make these contacts.

Example: When new house construction near the creek was creating muddy run-off, the steward contacted the Department of Permitting Services via a Water WatchDog Report to obtain enforcement of pollution regulations.

  • Protect the treasures of the woods and water, and arrange, recruit volunteers for, and promote Weed Warrior activities in your section.

Example: Because invasive plants are such a fundamental threat to the biodiversity of Sligo, stewards usually become Weed Warriors, a Montgomery County Parks training program to teach how people can identify and remove targeted non-native, invasive species. As their schedules permit, they arrange or promote group pulls of invasive species.

  • About twice a year, staff a table in your section for a Sweep the Creek event focusing on collecting litter or pulling invasives.
  • Stay current with Friends of Sligo Creek activities and developments.
  • As needed, coordinate with others in your section to address park-related issues of concern.

Indicate your interest in becoming a Sligo Steward through the Contact FOSC form.