"The marsh, to him who enters it in a receptive mood, holds, besides mosquitoes and stagnation, melody, the mystery of unknown waters, and the sweetness of Nature undisturbed by man."

~ Charles William Beebe (1877-1962),
Log of the Sun, 1906 

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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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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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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