Local Lands Among 'Land Trust Days'

Veterans Memorial Park and Johannis Farm in Barrington are among the preserved natural areas that are part of the RI Land Trust Council's six-week celebration.

Two of the natural areas preserved by the land trust in Barrington are part of the first-ever Rhode Island Land Trust Days that run from Saturday, Aug. 11, to Saturday, Sept. 29.

The Land Trust Days, sponsored by the RI Land Trust Council, include six weeks of outdoor activities to celebrate natural areas like Veterans Memorial Park in Barrington and Johannis Farm that are just a short walk away.

You can take guided hikes of these natural areas and many more throughout the state, many of which have historic and cultural value above and beyond their natural beauty, according to the Land Trust Council.

Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Bayside YMCA is the location for a “day” on Wednesday, Aug. 15, that starts at 4:30 pm. The Barrington Land Conservation Trust and the YMCA are hosting an “All Around Summer Family Night” that includes a guided walk and swim and other family activities.

Numerous other “days” at nature trails and open spaces around the state are involved in “getting the public outdoors to appreciate Rhode Island’s protected lands statewide,” according to the Land Trust Council.

You can explore with your family all of these conservation areas at no charge.

The event at Johannis Farm in Barrington is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. The Barrington Land Trust's second activity is a "back to school" event at the farm off of Sowams Road.

Helen Tjader of the Barrington Land Trust and the Land Trust Council, has been an active member in planning the event, as she does for most local Land Trust activities.

“The land trusts across the state were looking for more publicity to bring in more members and volunteers and to let people know about these properties,” said Tjader in a Barrington Times story. “We came up with this idea. I checked online. I don’t think anyone else has done anything like it.

Other natural areas in the East Bay that will host events on Saturday, Aug. 11, include the Sakonnet Greenway in Middletown and the Farnham Farm on Prudence Island.

The former event starts at 9 am; the latter starts at 11 am and includes a hike, silent auction and ice cream social to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Prudence Island.

Bridgham Farm and the Turner Loop Reservoir Trail in East Providence host the final Land Trust Day on Sept 29.

For the complete schedule of Land Trust Days, go to the RI Land Trust website.

Gary Morse August 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM
It would have been nice to include Barrington's Nockum Hill Wildlife refuge in this story. Perhaps the current town council's drive to make the area into affordable housing was the problem. In the 1994 Management Plan for Nockum Hill, approved by the then more responsible town council of 1994, it was stated "The Town of Barrington recognizes these values [ ] via conservation zoning plans to manage the area as a wildlife refuge." My how times and town councils have changed! What is disturbing is that under the Rhode Island General Laws and the "Comprehensive Housing Production and Rehabilitation Act of 2004 (required for writing the Barrington Comprehensive Community Plan), Barrington is already meeting its 10% affordable housing objective. But the current majority on the Town Council wants development for the sake of developers. You can read the Nockum Hill Management Plan at: http://www.ci.barrington.ri.us/planning/Nockum_Hill_MgmtPlan.pdf
Gary Morse August 10, 2012 at 01:33 PM
A warning to all the Land Trust preservationists out there. The current Barrington Town Council's math on future town development to meet the affordable housing objectives calls for 4350 new homes in Barrington to meet the affordable 10% quota. Here is the math: The current town ordinance calls for 20% of any development to be affordable homes. Thus the target of 10% total affordable homes becomes elusive simply because 80% of all new homes keep getting added to Barrington's overall total. The final crossover point to mathematically reach 10% total affordable homes in Barrington comes in at 10,400 total homes if the 20% development rule is followed. We have around 6000 today. If anyone is shocked at this number, it does not appear that the Planning Board or Town Council is. As previously pointed out, the problem is how the majority town council members want to read the law in this matter They appear to endorse developer friendly interpretations.


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