Who We Are

The Barrington Land Conservation Trust, Inc. is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt group. Its purpose is to preserve the remaining natural resources of Barrington, Rhode Island and adjacent areas including water resources, streams, ponds, marshlands, woodlands, and scenic and natural sites, as well as the plant and animal life.

Land acquisition, educational programs and advocacy on the state and local level achieve our objectives.

Tuesday Trails Team Event May 3

Welcome back to Osamequin Nature Preserve on Tuesday May 3 for our next Tuesday Trails Team project from 10 a.m. until noon. We will continue the trail maintenance work we began last month clearing invasives, pruning back vegetation, and removing litter. We will be removing the painted trail signs so they can be repainted offsite, as well as doing some chainsaw work on fallen trees blocking trails. We also need help resetting one of the foot bridges back on its piling. A lot of work for one day. So we’d love a big turnout.

We will again be meeting at the Trailhead sign in the parking area off Route 114. Bring pruners or loppers and work gloves. High waterproof boots will be helpful for any bridge work that we do. Tools will be provided if you don’t have any.
Always a good idea this time of year to bring sunblock and tick repellant. Water will be provided. New volunteers are welcome.

We Need You!

The Barrington Land Conservation Trust needs your help! We are looking for community members with an interest in the natural environment to serve on our board of directors and various committees. We need help to manage and maintain our protected places, and to assist with educational and recreational programs so that the public can appreciate and enjoy our community’s natural wonders. In today’s fast-paced and technology-driven world, our mission is more important and rewarding than ever.

We are seeking board and committee members who have expertise in marketing, communications and web design, as well as people with backgrounds in science, and hobbyists who are willing to share their knowledge of the natural world. The trust is also in need of a volunteer to perform light administrative work for a couple of hours each week.

Anyone interested should e-mail Lynne Barry Dolan at lbd@blishcavlaw.com.

Water Monitors Needed

The Warren Land Trust is looking for two water monitors from Barrington to join in a water quality study of the Barrington River. This will advance efforts to cultivate shellfish there.

Mike Gerhardt, president of the Warren Land Trust, is overseeing the project.
The one location in Barrington is at Adams Point. Two volunteers handle this site. Access would be by land. The volunteers must attend a training and equipment pick up on May 7 in Bristol. Between May 29 and Sept 25 the two person team collects 10 samples between 6 and 8:30 on Sunday mornings. Six of these samples go to a location in Warren for transportation to URI

If anyone is interested please reach out to info@blct.org

Bridge Repaired at Johannis Farm

Higher tides damaged a single-plank bridge that connects the wetlands with wooded portions of the Johannis Farm Wildlife Preserve. Board members and land stewards rebuilt the bridge over the course of nearly a year.

A big thanks to Ed Schottland, Jeff Brousseau, Don Miller, Rodney Jacques, Peter Burke and Helen Tjader (pictured) for their hard work.

 

Tuesday, April 5th – First Project for Tuesday Trails Team

This coming  Tuesday April 5th the Barrington Land Conservation Trust is running it’s first trails project for the “Tuesday Trails Team”.    We will be meeting at 10 am at the Osamequin Nature Preserve on Rt. 114 in Barrington.  We will meet in the parking area in front of the trailhead sign.  Our work will include trimming back the trails, some invasive plant removal, trail signage, clearing some trees that are blocking trails and some litter removal.  We can also use some input from the more technically inclined among us as to the best way to set a small bridge in the marsh back on it’s footing (work to be done at a later date).

If you can come bring work gloves. Pruners, loppers and saws will be available if you don’t have your own.  Low tide is a little after noon that day so we should not have an issue with water on the trails.
 
If you have not previously signed on as a volunteer, please visit our volunteer page.

Join our Tuesdays Trails Team

cleanup workerThe Barrington Land Conservation Trust announces the formation of the “Tuesday Trails Team” tasked with helping manage and maintain many land trust properties in town. Work includes removal of invasive plants, trail maintenance and construction, bridge repairs, trash removal, and beach cleanups. Beginning Tuesday, April 5 and continuing on the first Tuesday of every month (weather permitting), the Tuesday Trails Team will hold 2-hour sessions (10am until noon) working at various properties. See details about joining here.

Board Members Needed

The Barrington Land Conservation Trust is looking for volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors and various committees. We have a specific need for volunteers with marketing and communications expertise, educators with a science background, and hobbyists who are willing to share their knowledge of the natural world. We are also in need of a volunteer to perform light administrative duties approximately 10 hours per month. Beyond these specific needs, we are always in need of Board and committee members who simply enjoy the outdoors and are willing to share their enthusiasm and ideas. The time commitment for meetings is 2-4 hours per month. If you are interested in joining our Board or one of our committees, please email Lynne at lynnebdolan@gmail.com.

Late Winter and Early Spring Events

The Barrington Land Conservation Trust and Barrington Recreation Department invite you and your family to experience the special moments of this season with these guided walks.

Greet the Rising Snow Moon
Monday, Feb. 22, 5 p.m. at Sowams Woods
With clear skies, we should be treated to a rising full moon overlooking Echo Lake. Learn about moon naming traditions and celebrate 9 years of protection at Sowams Woods.Easy pace to explore the nighttime woods while checking for signs of spring and perhaps taking a few photos. 

Sowams Woods is located along Washington Road and South Lake Drive. Please park on Tallwood Drive, Spinnaker Drive or Lighthouse Lane. (No parking is permitted on South Lake Drive which is a one way road.) We will meet at Sowams Woods sign on Washington Road.

Maples Under a Spring Full Moon
Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park
Savor the first full moon of spring with a walk through the woods. Learn about moon naming traditions and celebrate the planned completion of the Blue Trail bridge. We’ll listen for the owls, check signs of life at the vernal pools and learn about the importance of saving our nighttime sky.

No School Day Vernal Pool Day
Monday April 4 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park
Explore the latest connection in the Veterans Memorial Park trail system, a bridge completing a multi-year effort to reroute park trails off private property. We’ll take out time to check the vernal pools and beauty of an early spring day along this route that was the result of partnership between the Land Trust, Town, the Bayside Y, the National Parks Rivers and Trails Program and many, many volunteers. This is a trail you’ll want to revisit with your family throughout the year!

Sunset and Full Moon Open House
Friday, April 22, 7 p.m. at Sowams Woods
With a sunset about 7:30 and a full moonrise about 8 pm, you are invited with your family and friends for a self guided tour using our new trail map. Help us celebrate 9 years of protection and the beauty of the evening, perhaps a sunset through the woods or the full moon rising across Echo Lake from the Ridge Trail. Check the vernal pools. Listen for owls. Please join us for refreshments. Share photos to our Facebook page and let us know why this place matters to you.

Directions for Sowams Woods Walks:
Sowams Woods is located along Washington Road and South Lake Drive. Please park on Tallwood Drive, Spinnaker Drive or Lighthouse Lane. (No parking is permitted on South Lake Drive which is a one way road.) We will meet at Sowams Woods sign on Washington Road.

Directions for Veterans Memorial Park Walks:
The eastern side entrance of Veterans Memorial Park is off West Street. The Town/Bayside YMCA parking area is on the left, just after you cross the East Bay Bike Path. If the park gate is open, you may continue past the YMCA parking lot to a smaller parking lot 1/4 mile ahead. On the way you will pass the trailhead for the Green Trail at the double kiosk where we will meet to begin each hike.

These walks are appropriate for all ages. Please dress for the day’s weather with layers and warm and dry footwear. For early evening walks, a flashlight is a must. Questions? Please contact Helen Tjader at helen@acornnpsolutions.com or 401-480-8329.

Interested in taking a more active role to keep our open spaces and trails in tip top shape? We are always in need of individuals and groups to assist in our stewardship efforts which range from trail maintenance to invasive plant control. Visit blct.org to sign up for our latest volunteer updates.

Wednesday Fall Project Series

Osamequin Nature Preserve with Barrington Garden Club
Wednesday fall project series – 10 a.m. to noon: Oct 14, Oct 28 and Nov 11. Projects include trail maintenance, trail mapping, invasive plant management and litter cleanup, especially of plastics and other drift litter around the inlets. Meet at the main parking area.

Are you looking for a project for yourself or your group?
We have three construction projects: trail bridge resurfacing and new bridge construction at Veterans Memorial Park and refurbishing a bird viewing platform in need of step and railing repairs at Osamequin Nature Preserve. Invasive plant control is needed at many properties. The plant work is perfect for anyone who can spare an hour occasionally across the season. Many locations could use a helping hand. Bet there is one convenient to you! Or adopt your favorite spot!

For all projects, please dress for the day’s weather. Comfortable, closed shoes, long pants and long sleeves are recommended. Bug repellent is advisable year round for protection from insect borne diseases such as Lyme. Bring your favorite work gloves and loppers.

Anyone interested in any of the projects, with project questions or anyone who would like to be added to the Town Trails Team email list, please contact Helen Tjader at helen@acornnpsolutions.com or 401-480-8329.