In every walk with nature one receives far more than (s)he seeks.

~ John Muir 

Santa At Pardon Gray

Santa was at Pardon Gray Preserve last Saturday. Click on the thumbnails to see full size images.

Exploring Pocasset Ridge

"Extensive and Impenetrable Forest"  Such are the notations on a map of Narragansett Bay that was issued in 1820 by Army Corps engineers for the United States Topographical Bureau, the agency that would go on to produce the maps that opened the way to the American West.

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Destination Tiverton: GIS Trail Mapping

Imagine stopping by the TLT Basket Swamp property and realizing you don’t have a trail map.  You could view a .pdf copy from our website.  Or you could reference your location from your cell phone. Recently approached by Ginger Lacy from the Tiverton Open Space Commission, the TLT Board of Directors is considering a collaborative project that will use Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to map out trails on each of our public access properties, as well as Open Space Commission properties like Weetamoo Woods.  Other groups approached for this project include The Nature Conservancy, RI Audubon Society and the Department of Environmental Management.

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TLT Acquires 60 More Acres on Pocasset Ridge

It's official! On October 16, TLT closed on the F&J Realty property, two parcels totaling 60± acres on Pocasset Ridge.  Trish Sylvester, chair of TLT's Land Protection Committee, was instrumental in finalizing this transaction.  F&J Realty is held by 10 members of the Matta family, the former owners of Pardon Gray Preserve.  The F&J parcel contains part of Borden Brook and existing trails through rugged terrain leading to historic cellar holes.  It is strategic in breaking up the tract of unprotected land east of 8 Rod Way to make the remaining parcels less attractive for development.  Thanks to the Bafflin Foundation and The Nature Conservancy for their major financial support.  We still have a significant funding gap, however, and need to replenish TLT's Land Acquisition Fund before we can purchase another available parcel on Pocasset Ridge. Please help with the Pocasset Ridge Campaign if you can, donate here.

Tiverton's Timber Rattlesnakes, Fact and Fiction

Timber rattlesnakes may be gone from Tiverton, but their lore lives on. Tiverton was the last known refuge of these impressive reptiles in Rhode Island. Their habitat was an area bordered by Bulgarmarsh, Brayton,  Lafayette,  and Main Roads, as well as in the woods south of Lafayette Road -- in short, along Pocasset Ridge.  Eastern timber rattlesnakes are relatively timid and do not rattle or strike unless disturbed. They bask on sunny, rock-strewn slopes and hunt from May to October.

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