Roland hon­ored by Con­ser­vancy for Charles County

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Re­cently re­tired Charles County Parks Di­rec­tor Tom Roland was hon­ored with the 2016 Charles County Her­itage Award pre­sented by the Con­ser­vancy for Charles County dur­ing its re­cent fall din­ner at the Jaycees cen­ter in Wal­dorf. The con­ser­vancy cited Roland for pre­serv­ing open space and ex­pand­ing pub­lic out­door re­cre­ation and en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion through his lead­er­ship in plan­ning and de­vel­op­ing the county’s park sys­tem over a 38-year ca­reer.

A na­tive of Prince Ge­orge’s County, Roland came to Charles County in the 1970s. With an ed­u­ca­tion in es­tu­ar­ine science and out­door re­cre­ation and ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing for the Mary­land-Na­tional Cap­i­tal Park and Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, he was well-po­si­tioned to di­rect the ex­pan­sion of the county’s parks from eight to 31 and from 867 acres to more than 4,000 acres.

Some of his more no­table re­cent ac­qui­si­tion projects in­clude the In­dian Head Rail Trail, Friend­ship Farm Park, Maxwell Hall, Mal­lows Bay, and most re­cently, Port To­bacco River Park and the cor­ri­dor that will even­tu­ally be­come the Popes Creek Rail Trail.

Roland is a past re­cip­i­ent of the Bureau of Land Man­age­ment Di­rec­tor’s Four C’s Award for out­stand­ing nat­u­ral re­source plan­ning and the Mary­land Gov­er­nor’s Ci­ta­tion for out­stand­ing ser­vice re­lated to de­vel­op­ment and op­er­a­tion of Charles County’s park sys­tem. Most re­cently, Mr. Roland was rec­og­nized by the Mal­low’s Bay Na­tional Marine Sanc­tu­ary Steer­ing Com­mit­tee for his ef­forts in pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing Mal­low’s Bay.

The Con­ser­vancy for Charles County is an all-vol­un­teer non-profit de­voted to pre­serv­ing and pro­tect­ing the scenic, nat­u­ral, for­est, agri­cul­tural, ru­ral, and his­toric ar­eas of Charles County. It is the only qual­i­fied land trust that op­er­ates ex­clu­sively in Charles County and part­ners with the Mary­land En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust. It has pro­tected nearly 2,000 acres of pri­vately owned land in the county by work­ing with landown­ers in a vol­un­tary pro­gram of do­nated con­ser­va­tion ease­ments.

For in­for­ma­tion about the con­ser­vancy, call 301-932-5714.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Tom Roland re­ceived the 2016 Charles County Her­itage Award from Con­ser­vancy for Charles County pres­i­dent Hal De­la­plane.

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