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Update – Mobile App and New Maps

Historical Info appTrail Guide for Weetamoo Woods and Pardon Gray Preserve
See attached map that combines the trails of Weetamoo Woods (owned by the Town of Tiverton) with Pardon Gray Preserve trails (owned by the Tiverton Land Trust).
Click here for map.

Historical Info appA mobile app is now available as a guide for visiting Pardon Gray Preserve: Go to www.sakonnethistorical.org to download the app. Then click on Tours and then click on Pardon Gray Preserve. You can use this app as you hike along the trails to learn more about the history of Pardon Gray Preserve, the grasslands, the historic cemetery, the vernal pool, and the coastal oak/holly forest. Sign posts are located along the trails to indicate the stopping points.

TLT Improvements and Clean-ups

Roy Najecki and David NewtonPardon Gray Preserve:
Roy Najecki and David Newton, volunteers with the Rhode Island Land Trust Association, recently collected data at Pardon Gray Preserve in preparation for the creation of a more detailed trail map for Pardon Gray Preserve. In the very near future, they will also be performing the same task for the trails at Basket Swamp Preserve. Photo shows Roy on the left, Dave to the right.

Tree Planting in Highland WoodsHighland Woods:
Improvements Plans for 2015 are in place and work continues at Highland Woods to reach our long term goal of slowly restoring and returning the forest area to its natural state.
6 students from the newly entering freshman class at Roger Williams University will be removing invasive plants at Highland Woods Preserve on August 24th. Their voluntary efforts are part of the Community Connections 2015 program at the university.
Recently, cedar trees were planted near the Highland Woods pedestrian entry area to improve the landscaping near the trailhead.

TLT Annual Meeting:
Molding the Coastal Margin

Christopher Pastore speaking at the Annual Meeting Christopher L. Pastore was the guest speaker at the Tiverton Land Trust's Community Forum/Annual Meeting held in April at The Meeting House in Four Corners, Tiverton. Pastore discussed the ebb and flow of environmental changes to Narragansett Bay in the context of two ecological events that occurred between the 17th and 19th centuries: the settlement of the area by Europeans, and the beginning of Industrialization. Click here for more.

Update – New Pardon Gray Benches

Wayne Browning and Paul Matthews Paul Matthews became an Eagle Scout after completing his project at Pardon Gray Preserve. Wayne Browning, the TLT’s Land Management Coordinator and Paul’s advisor on the project, was asked to speak at Paul’s Eagle Court of Honor in March. Wayne discussed the TLT, Pardon Gray Preserve, and the importance of land preservation. Click here for the bench story.

First Trail Opens at Highland Woods

Dennis Culbertson with Trailhead Sign Hikers are discovering the newly opened Beech Knoll Loop Trail at Highland Woods, the most recent acquisition of the Tiverton Land Trust. The new trail emerges from Fort Barton where a trailhead sign identifies the Tiverton Open Space Commission as a stewardship partner with the Land Trust. The loop is a one-mile round trip through massive black oaks, a fern glade, and, of course, a knoll covered with beech trees.

Click here to see more info & pictures.
Click here to see more info & pictures in the TLT Fall 2014 newsletter.

Web Photos

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.

Upcoming Events – 2016

© Anthony Dodd | Dreamstime Stock Photos

A Country Day at
Pardon Gray

Saturday, Sept. 17,
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pardon Gray Preserve,
Main Road, Tiverton
Tiverton’s largest family event will again feature exhibitors, crafters, venders, kid games and activities, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, entertainment throughout the day, great grilled food choices, home baked pies with ice cream, a tractor pull and lots more.

Two special services will be offered to the public at A Country Day at Pardon Gray 2016 on September 17. The Tiverton Police Dept. will be providing a free inspection of child safety seats to determine if the seat design meets safety standards and is installed properly. This inspection takes just a couple of minutes and will be offered at the parking lot entrance. The Master Gardeners from URI will provide free testing of your garden and/or lawn soil. Check here for instructions on how to gather the soil samples.

Parking is $5. Free admission for all adults. Kids aged 2 – 12 pay $5 for an activity bracelet. The rain date for this event is Sunday, September 18th.

Highland Woods Walk Sunday Sept 25

Highland Woods Walk Sunday, Sept. 25,
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tiverton Land Trust invites you to a 1.5 mile walk through Highland Woods, a recent acquisition and the new gateway to the Sin and Flesh Brook Natural Area and the Fort Barton Revolutionary War Redoubt. Led by Garry Plunkett, participants will enjoy newly opened trails and diverse flora alongside the brook that winds through a mature mixed oak and holly forest. On the return route we’ll stop by the surviving earthworks of a Revolutionary War site that was a key strategic position in the Battle of Rhode Island, and finish up by enjoying a sweeping view of the Sakonnet River and Aquidneck Island from atop the observation tower on the redoubt. Note: This event is free and open to everyone, but space is limited and registration is required. To reserve your spot, you MUST RSVP directly by email to info@tivertonlandtrust.org. Participation is limited to the first 22 who register. Meet at Tiverton Town Hall parking lot Sunday, September 25, 10 am – 12:30 pm.

News and Events – 2016


Sky Watch
Saturday, August 27,
8:30 p.m.

Pardon Gray Preserve,
Main Road, Tiverton
Local astronomers met visitors at Pardon Gray Preserve on Saturday, August 27th for a Sky Watch program. Telescopes were set up 175 visitors enjoyed great views of Mars and Saturn. The program began at 8:30 pm and was free of charge.

Community Forum/Annual Meeting

TLT Community Forum/Annual Meeting
Sunday, April 17th at 1:30 p.m.
Noted ecologist, educator, and artist Elizabeth Farnsworth, Ph.D, presents The Little Things that Run the World: The Importance of Plant-Insect Interactions to a Functioning Ecosystem. If you enjoy a quiet walk in Pardon Gray Preserve or Highland Woods, you will be surprised by what happens all around you that you don’t see. Come and learn more about the “hidden forest” in this fascinating program by a prominent New England biologist, educator, and scientific illustrator, as she describes the major role of insects in functioning ecosystems.
Brookdale Sakonnet Bay
1215 Main Road, Tiverton, RI

News and Events – 2015

Walnut Hunt

Walnut Hunt
Saturday, October 10
The TLT invited children and their families to come and help clean up the bumper crop of walnuts that fell at Pardon Gray Preserve this fall. Children were paid a nominal fee for each nut they collected. In a two hour period 6 kids collected over 6,800 walnuts and walked off with a total of $68 among them. The nuts were put into a wheelbarrow and carted to a compost pile.

A Country Day at Pardon Gray

A Country Day at
Pardon Gray

Saturday, Sept. 26,
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pardon Gray Preserve,
Main Road, Tiverton
The day had something for the whole family. Crafters and vendors offered great shopping buys. Kids decorated a pumpkin, built a scarecrow, had their faces painted, rode a pony, took a goat for a walk, had a hay ride along with Mom and Dad, played games, watched the tractor pull, captained a sailboat, and lots more.

Lunar Eclipse

The Lunar Eclipse at Pardon Gray Preserve
Sunday, Sept. 27,   
7:00 p.m. – midnight

Pardon Gray Preserve,
Main Road, Tiverton
A leisurely hike at PGP started at 7pm with stops including our rotational beef cattle grazing and a vernal pool, along easy trails through a wonderful oak-holly forest. Partial eclipse began at 9:07 p.m. with a full eclipse at 10:47 p.m.

A Night of Honky Tonk

A Night of
Honky Tonk
Thursday, July 30,
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
The Meeting House at
3850 Main Road,
Tiverton Four Corners
Click here for more information.  

FFamily Hike at Pardon Gray

A Family Hike at
Pardon Gray Preserve
Sunday, June 14,
10:00 a.m.
Pardon Gray Preserve,
Main Road, Tiverton
On June 14th, nine hikers joined Wayne Browning for a leisurely walk along the Pardon Gray Preserve trails. The group stopped along the way to learn more about the cattle grazing project, the Gray family cemetery, the critters which inhabit the vernal pools, and the rare oak-holly forest. Click here for additional picture.

TLT Annual Meeting

TLT Annual Meeting / Community Forum
Sunday, April 19th, 2015,
3:00 p.m.
The guest speaker for TLT’s Annual Meeting is Christopher L. Pastore, an environmental historian, and Assistant Professor of History at State University of New York at Albany. Pastore will speak on “Molding the Coastal Margin: The Transformation of Narragansett Bay, 1636 to the Present.” The meeting is free and open to the public.

Click here for more info.

Full Moon Walk

Full Moon Walk at
Pardon Gray Preserve
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015,
6:30 p.m.
Join the Tiverton Land Trust on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. for a full moon walk along the trails of Pardon Gray Preserve on Main Road in Tiverton. A clear sky should enable us to hike without lights.

Click here for more info.

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