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.
Lima first noted two major accomplishments of the Land Trust in 2012: 1) the purchase of 16 acres of Highland Woods, a wooded area that abuts Fort Barton Woods and 2) the submission of the TLT's accreditation application to the Land Trust Alliance, the national land trust consortium. Lima acknowledged major partners that work with the TLT to conserve land, including the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Tiverton Open Space Commission (TOSC). She noted a new fundraising partnership with TNC to preserve the Coastal Forest along the Sakonnet, including Highland Woods and the Pocasset Ridge.
In introducing the guest speaker, Lima also acknowledged Rupert Friday of the R. I. Land Trust Council. Friday and the Council have been keen advocates of linking up farmers who have large tracts of land that are not currently being farmed with young farmers who would like to farm but do not have the farmland to do so. Thetopic of the presentation dealt with the new and exciting collaboration of the TLT with Geoff Beresford of Beresford of Tiverton.
Click here for 2012 Annual Meeting Flyer