Lake Roland historic map

Mission Statement:

Protecting, preserving, interpreting and restoring the environmental and historically significant resources of Lake Roland (park) for future generations.

Goals & Objectives:

The park is fortunate to have an impressive collection of rare native species plants, insects, and birds, and rare at-risk environmental habitats. It also has two National Register Historic Districts. The Environmental & Historic Preservation Committee focuses on policy issues related to the following:

  • Habitat preservation, including identification preservation of native species plants.
  • Interpretation, documentation, and protection of historic resources.
  • Management and plans for control of invasive species that potentially threaten the park.
  • Water monitoring including upstream influences and runoff/erosion impact.
  • Partnering with other Nature Council committees to implement best practices including measures to ensure the sustainability several rare and delicate environmental resources in the park.
  • Establishing strategic alliances with area organizations including the Baltimore Bird Club and area garden clubs to hold events and demonstration projects in the park.

The Environmental and Historic Preservation Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month. The Committee can be contacted at

Chair, Elise Butler

Design Framework Master Plan
Environmental and Historic Preservation Committee Photo Album
Environmental and Historic Preservation Committee Documents
Environmental and Historic Preservation Committee

Environmental Committee Outings

Spring Native Plant Sale 2019 @ Lake Roland
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sprint 2019 Native Plant Sale

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The Guilford Garden Club and the Lake Roland Nature Council host The Native Plant Sale on May 5th, from 9am to 3pm.

Professional gardeners will be on hand to help participants learn about the importance of landscaping with plants native to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Native plants are easier to maintain, and specific selections influence the lives of butterflies, birds and other wildlife. A variety of deer resistant plants will also be available for sale. Participants are encouraged to bring photos or sketches of their gardens to receive expert planting advice.

The sale is held in conjunction with the Guilford Garden Club; proceeds from the sale will go towards improvements at the park and the Guilford Garden Club scholarship fund.

While at the sale, visitors are encouraged to check out the Lake Roland Nature Center which provides year-round education and meeting space near the Ranger Station.