Once again we are fortunate to report the successful preservation of farmland in Tiverton.
In 2010 the TLT was part of a consortium of public and private organizations that helped purchase the development rights for 140 acres of Ferolbink Farm. Major partners for the purchase from owner Jason ‘Pete’ Peckham were the US Department of Agriculture, the US Department of Fish and Wildlife, Rhode Island's Department of Environmental Management, the Nature Conservancy, the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust, the Champlin Foundation, and the Tiverton Land Trust.
Members of the land trust have been busy monitoring, maintaining, and tending the properties that already have been protected. At Pardon Gray Preserve a new entrance sign and bulletin board were erected, fifty feet of stone wall that had collapsed was dismantled and rebuilt, 15 bluebird boxes – assembled by children during Pardon Gray Day - were installed in the fields, the memorial stone and garden honoring William and Alice Hathaway was completed, and a cemetery repair project was initiated with heirs of the Gray family. At Sandywoods, a parking area was installed and the beginning of a trail system has been laid out in a site tentatively called Basket Swamp, a location likely containing numerous black ash which was once used in basket making. The repairs and maintenance of the properties were made possible through the TLT Stewardship Fund, specifically set up to care for and maintain properties.
Special events and community forums of 2010 included A Summer's Eve at Briarhill, presentations by Wendy Nicholas of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Chris Spencer, Tiverton Town Planner, Pardon Gray Day, and A Full Moon Walk at Pardon Gray Preserve. The enthusiasm and goodwill generated by these events are heartwarming. A sincere thank you to all – volunteers, supporters, sponsors – for helping to make these events so successful!
Lastly, I would like to say a special thank you to Jim Spears (a ten year member) and Ives Nathan who are both stepping down from the Board, Jim due to term limits and Ives due to other commitments. At the same time, it is a pleasure to welcome back to the Board Trish Sylvester who will continue her work in land management and land protection.
Another remarkable year has gone by. I am privileged to be a part of the TLT and its supporters who share an appreciation for the community we all love – thank you for your support.