Anne Arundel Group

Welcome to the Anne Arundel Group of the Maryland Sierra Club!

Our Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Check the calendar on the left for more information.

See our Contact Us page for a list of our current officers. 

New members are always welcome. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Anne Arundel Sierra Club members scored a victory over unchecked development recently, when the City of Annapolis rejected the Crystal Spring developers’ forest conservation plan as inadequate.  The developer-submitted proposal included plans to clear and develop more than 43 acres of protected forest at Crystal Spring Farm.

Sierra Club members played a pivotal role in demonstrating public opposition to unchecked development on the Forest Drive corridor; between 40 and 50 Sierra Club members and concerned citizens attended an Annapolis City Council meeting on February 9 to show their opposition to developers’ current plans. Previously, Anne Arundel Sierra Club members sent a 2,000 signature petition to Mayor Mike Pantelides asking him to prevent the destruction of the 111-acre Crystal Spring Forest.

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As you may know, the Crystal Spring area is slated for a huge residential commercial and townhouse development.  You may have seen the banner headline in The Capital Friday, January 16 reporting on a hearing before a City Council committee on Crystal Spring. Contrary to the headline and suggestions in the story, the City has NOT accepted the developer's latest plans for Crystal Spring. 

A Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Program staffer did report to the two City Councilmen attending that the developer appears to have met some state technical requirements for forest conservation.  What they failed to mention, however, was that the plan was far short of gaining approval.

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“Variances denied for Critical Area development,  South county plan could weaken protections”

The above headline appeared in the Capital Gazette November 12, 2014, heralding a report by E. B. Furgurson III (, that detailed a recent win for the environment near Churchton, in south Anne Arundel County (see Google Earth map below at left.

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The Anne Arundel Group’s General Membership Meeting on November 8 discussed the work, and needs, of the group and also received an update on the Maryland Chapter’s Clean Energy campaign.

The Saturday night meeting was at Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis.  Only about 35 members attended – a disappointing turnout given the 1,200 Sierrans who live in the county.


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