Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint.

~ Robert Frost 

As fall comes to New England, and with it the cooler nights and changing foliage, we are able to reflect on another successful year for the Tiverton Land Trust.

Several noteworthy events occurred this autumn. TLT and its partners, Tiverton Open Space Commission and The Nature Conservancy,  opened the Pocasset Ridge Conservation Area (PRCA) to the public. Tiverton Land Trust also closed on a 60-acre parcel to launch the next phase of the project -- connecting Pocasset Ridge with Weetamoo Woods and Pardon Gray Preserve to the south.  This purchase continues our effort to protect nesting and animal habitat within the largest tract of continuous forest in the East Bay. 

The Trust also hosted its annual “A Country Day at Pardon Gray” in September.  While it looked like the celebration would be hampered by Hurricane José, we were relieved that the storm headed out to sea just in time for us to enjoy a warm sunny Saturday.  This was a great opportunity to thank our members, encourage new folks to join, and mostly to showcase a beautiful part of Tiverton that is protected through the efforts of the Trust and its supporters.  If you have not attended this celebration, please consider adding it to your calendar next year.  We continue to look for ways to make it a better experience for folks of all ages.

Finally I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all our volunteers and donors who make such efforts possible, as well as all the great organizations working to keep Tiverton’s rural character intact. Tiverton Land Trust is supported entirely by your gifts of membership, year-end giving, and grants. Please be as generous as you can. This year, a number of contributors have made gifts to honor friends, to mark a special occasion, or in memory of the departed. These gifts are much appreciated by all. Donations to our Land Acquisition Fund or Stewardship Fund help preserve and care for the properties we protect for future generations. If you would like to join the Trust or make a tax-deductible contribution, please return the attached envelope or look on our website for further ways to give. We also welcome conversations about gifts of stock, conservation easements, or legacy gifts.

Thanks again for your support in 2017, and happy holidays. If you have not enjoyed one of our many trails, make it a point to get out before the end of the year. It will give you more reasons to be thankful for the wonderful community in which we live.

Eric Watne