2007 Walks & Workshops
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Christmas Tree Farm Tour
December 2, 2007
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Please come join us as we tour Shire Christmas Tree Farm in Hope, RI. Learn what it takes to grow and manage Christmas Trees,
and how this business enhances our environment and helps conserve open space by active management. Shire Tree Farm is located in the Hope Section of Scituate.
Leader: Paul Dolan, Assistant State Forester. Register at email@example.com. Free.
Thanksgiving AdventureLargesstree@aol.com or 401-533-2722 (cell) or 401-423-0508 (home). Free.
West Greenwich, RI
Saturday, November 24, 2007
1:00 pm - sunset (approximately 5:00 pm)
Join Matt Largess on a full-moon walk. It gets dark early in late November, so starting the walk around 1 pm assures that it will
end as the sun sets and the moon rises. The walk will be in the wilds in West Greenwich, on the border lands. Hikers should wear
good hiking boots and bring a snack. A lot of the walk will be off-trail in search of rare trees and plant communities. End your Thanksgiving weekend with an adventure!
Leader: Matt Largess. Register with Matt at
Fall Coastal Habitats Walkhleeson@rinhs.org. Cost $3 RIWPS members/$5 non-members.
Conanicut Island, Rhode Island
Sunday, October 14, 2007
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm (low tide)
Crisp fall air, a moon low tide ... what better time to explore Rhode Island's coastal habitats? The Jamestown Salt marsh is one
of the largest in the state, bisected by a tidal river that meanders out to the bay. We'll explore the various habitats, within and
along the edge of the marsh, and discuss plant adaptations to the saltwater environment. We'll travel to the southern tip of
Conanicut Island and walk along the coastal bluff of Beavertail State Park, looking at plants living at the juxtaposition of
freshwater seeps and raging surf. You may want to bring an evening picnic and stay to watch the sunset and the moon rise.
Participants should be prepared to walk on a combination of wet mud and sloping rock surfaces.
Walk Leader: Hope Leeson. Register with Hope at 401-783-5609 or
Oakland Forest and Meadow
Sunday, October 14, 2007
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Once hailed as the only "old growth" forest in Rhode Island, this magnificent stand of trees was saved because a local arborist
was hired by a developer to mark trees for cutting but couldn't bear to see it happen. His subsequent public outcry over the
potential development eventually led to its preservation by the Aquidneck Land Trust. We will take a walk through this rare
twenty-acre estate woodland, and discuss the ecology of old growth forest systems en route. We will also take a lap through
an adjacent meadow to check out the land trust's efforts in managing an early successional habitat.
Leader: Garry Plunkett, Co-chair of the Tiverton Open Space Commission and long-time student of old growth forests. Register with Garry at 401-624-2549 after October 1. Free