Catoctin Forest Alliance showcases achievements

Frederick News Post
Kelsi Loos
Organizers hope that a public meeting covering the Catoctin Forest Alliance’s accomplishments will spur membership. The alliance invited the public Sunday to Thurmont Regional Library to listen to speakers and learn from displays detailing projects in the park. Guests could also enjoy folk music and art inspired by the Catoctin Mountain Park. “We’re trying to elicit help from those who might be interested in the same things we are,” alliance secretary Linda Sundergill said. The goal of the Catoctin Forest Alliance is to support Catoctin Mountain and Cunningham Falls parks in any way possible, said conservation and education committee chairwoman Elizabeth Prongas.

New county plan aims to preserve rural character of Braddock Heights

Frederick News Post
Karen Gardner
The rural reaches of Braddock Heights would stay that way under a new comprehensive plan being considered by the Frederick County Commissioners. Areas that were targeted for growth under the comprehensive plan passed in 1998 will be scaled back to a designation that will not allow new houses in many areas. If the plan is approved, some people who hoped to sell a portion of their land might not be able to do so. The plan aims to preserve what makes the area desirable, according to Tim Goodfellow, a county planner who worked on the Braddock Heights plan. The county commissioners support the proposed Braddock Heights changes.