TLT Advisory Member Garry Plunkett recognized for land conservation work
On Saturday, March 8th Garry Plunkett of Tiverton, R.I. received the Peter Merritt Award for Land Conservation from the RI Land Trust Council. He received the Award at the 11th Annual Land & Water Conservation Summit held at the University of Rhode Island. The award is given to recognize a volunteer – a dedicated “in the trenches” individual – who is making an outstanding contribution to land conservation in his/her Rhode Island community.
In the words of Connie Lima, President of the Tiverton Land Trust (TLT) who presented the award, Garry is our town’s ‘Environmental Renaissance Man’.
TLT Earns National Recognition
The Tiverton Land Trust (TLT) has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.
According to Mike Shand, who served as Chair of the accreditation committee for the TLT, there were two fundamental benefits the committee kept in mind when working on this time-consuming project. First, in the process of applying for accreditation the TLT documented its policies and operations to ensure that they were in line with the highest standards of land trust practices. Second, the seal of accreditation gives the TLT public recognition that it meets standards of excellence. Connie Lima, President of the Land Trust, also notes that this nationally recognized achievement offers additional confirmation to our membership and funding partners of the integrity of TLT’s land conservation work.
TLT says thank you!
The TLT asked for an office chair and two file cabinets in the last two newsletters. We received them all and put them to good use.
Rotational-grazing comes to Pardon Gray Preserve
The Tiverton Land Trust and Geoff Beresford of Beresford of Tiverton are collaborating in an innovative land management project at Pardon Gray Preserve (PGP). The plan was outlined by guest speaker Geoff Beresford at the TLT Community Forum/ Annual Meeting held on April 21st. The basic strategy is to use rotational cattle grazing to help manage farmland, prevent invasives from destroying grasslands, improve soil environment, and encourage healthy grass species to dominate.
See pictures below.
Highland Woods Campaign Update
The TLT's campaign for funding Highland Woods, adjacent to Fort Barton Woods, officially got under way last February. Since then we have reached 75% of our fundraising goal of $400,000. The TLT got off to a great start by receiving a major award of $187,500 given by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Open Space Grants. Major benefactors, donors, and supporters of the Land Trust boosted the campaign contributions by another $113,630. We now have less than $100,000 to raise before the end of our campaign!
Please help us reach our goal.
If you have photos you would like to share, please send them to the web. When possible, we will link the name with the picture. Thanks to the following whose pictures capture the essence of Tiverton: David Abedon, Wayne Browning, Roger Cole, Simone Pasquariello, Garry Plunkett, Diane Sanna, Nancy Shand, Richard Stamelman, and 2 who wish to remain anonymous.