"As is always the case, the crafting of these types of bills in isolation of full impact analysis and stakeholder discussion does not yield good result and certainly requires needless expenditure of our collective energy. That said, if there is a single use with demonstrable public purpose and minimal impact that seeks a remedy, let's work collaboratively to that end. This ZTA as written, however, will do harm."
The Reserve is nearly 40 years old but the balancing act of farms on metro's edge remains fragile. Changes are part of managing a vibrant landscape, but we are the boots on the ground calling for careful respect of the ecosystem of farms, open space and rural communities that make the Reserve a place worth protecting in perpetuity.
Though we spent the year defending the Reserve, we also spent the year educating hundreds of local high schools students with farmer visits to classrooms and student field trips to farms. We educated voters with our 2018 Candidate's Survey to help them navigate a wide field of potential county leaders.
We spent the year collaborating on reducing the county's waste and carbon footprint. We successfully advocated for a strengthened Water Sewer Plan and were victorious in a developer's suit on Ten Mile Creek.
We put on the "Best Festival of 2018" according to Montgomery Magazine - the Field and Fiddle Festival and celebrated the Rustic Roads with hundreds of bikers and volunteers on the 11th Annual Ride for the Reserve.