Friends of Sligo Creek’s Jim Anderson is Park and Planning Volunteer of the Year
Jim Anderson of the Friends of Sligo Creek was named Volunteer of the Year In June by the Montgomery County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board in recognition of his more than 4,000 hours of service to Sligo Creek Park.
Since 2007, as chair of our Invasives Committee (aka Remove Invasive Plants or RIP), Jim has organized dozens of groups from local businesses, nonprofits, student and youth organizations, and houses of worship to remove non-native invasive plants from the park and assist with meadow restoration and reforestation projects.
Certified by the county as a Weed Warrior Supervisor, Jim has personally led 1,280 volunteers during 89 workdays. In the words of Parks’ volunteer coordinator Lynn Vismara, “Jim Anderson is the consummate volunteer’s volunteer.”
The award ceremony took place at the new North Potomac Community Recreation Center and was the Board’s second annual event honoring volunteers. He was presented with the award by Carole Bergmann, Parks’ forest ecologist, and Mike Riley, Parks director.
Jim is also a longtime member of the board of Friends of Sligo Creek.
Congratulations and thanks to Jim for his tremendous efforts on behalf of the Park!
This article first appeared in the Friends of Sligo Creek Newsletter