Update – Mobile App and New Maps
A 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
Pardon 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.
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 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
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
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.
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.