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TLT Advisory Member Garry Plunkett recognized for land conservation work

Awardee Garry Plunkett with wife GinnyOn 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’.

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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.

Accreditation BindersAccording 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.

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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.

Thank you!

Rotational-grazing comes to Pardon Gray Preserve

Geoff 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.

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Highland Woods Campaign Update

RWU Students 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.

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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 – 2014

Susan Medyn

Thursday, July 31st:
TLT Land and Sea Gala – 2014
Celebrating the Beauty of Tiverton
Held where the land meets the sea, this lawn party of pastoral elegance will celebrate the abundance of Tiverton with signature cocktails and local food from the land and sea. Fundraising activities to include a Live Auction with works from featured artists.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, September 13th:
A Country Day at Pardon Gray


News and Events – 2014

Just A Dream

TLT Nature Hike and
Story Event

Families met at Pardon Gray Preserve on Saturday, May 24th for a nature hike and story event.
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PGD Poster

TLT Community Forum / Annual Meeting
Rhode Island historian Christian McBurney lectured on Tiverton’s role in the Revolutionary War during the British occupation of Aquidneck Island from 1776 to 1779. Read more.


PGD Poster

LiDAR Technology and the History of the Landscape in Southern New England
Katharine Johnson, a Ph.D. archeology student, presented her research that uses a remote sensing technology called Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) to understand the history of New England’s landscape. Sakonnet Preservation Association (SPA), in collaboration with the Tiverton Land Trust, hosted the event at the Little Compton Community Center. Read more.


News and Events – 2013

PGD Poster
Pardon Gray Day 2013

The Tiverton Land Trust celebrated Pardon Gray Day on Saturday, September 21st. It was another beautiful day to bring members of Tiverton and surrounding communities together. This year new activities included a giant sand box, scarecrow building, fire department demos, an interactive activity presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and a petting zoo with several very friendly animals.The day was also special as members of Allen Smith's family, as well as descendants of Col.Pardon Gray, honored Allen, a founding member of the Land Trust. Allen, who died this past year, spearheaded major efforts to restore the Pardon Gray cemetery.

Click here to see pictures of PGD and the special ceremony honoring Allen Smith.

Night Skies
June 1st - Night Skies at Pardon Gray

On June first, visitors joined the Astronomical Society of Southern New England at Pardon Gray Preserve to get a close up look at the summer sky. With the large flat expanse of the field, this site is a favorite of local astronomers. The highlight for most people was to view the rings around Saturn.

Community Forum
The TLT holds its Community Forum

The TLT held its Community Forum/Annual Meeting on April 21st. Connie Lima, President of the Land Trust, introduced guest speaker Geoff Beresford and the topic of rotational-grazing, a new project which recently got underway at Pardon Gray Preserve. Click here to read more.

Moon January 27th
The full moon walk scheduled for Dec. 30th has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 27th due to weather conditions. Rescheduling may actually work out as the chance of hearing owls may be higher later in the winter. Again, check our facebook page to see up-to-date conditions.

Snow Snow Fun
On the first Saturday following a 6" snowfall, the TLT will host a cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing along the trails and snow fort building at Pardon Gray Preserve.

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Spring Scenes in Tiverton

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