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.

October 11th Tuesday Trails Team

A reminder that our next Tuesday Trails Team will be on October 11th.   We will be working at the Land Trust’s Heritage Woods property creating a path around the perimeter of the property.  Bring a hand saw if you have one in addition to hand clippers and/or loppers.  We will meet at 10 am. weather permitting at the end of Ferrier Ave.   It is off New Meadow Rd. between Tall Pines Road and Heritage Road.

Hope to see many of you on Tuesday.   This is rescheduled from last month’s rain canceled outing.
Victor Lerish

Learn The Facts About Burrillville Power Plant Sept. 29

The proposed 850-1,000 megawatt power plant in Burrillville, R.I. will use up to one million gallons of water per day. Find out where the water will come from and other facts at this educational event.

The event is sponsored by the Burrillville Land Trust and the Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions.

Paul Roselli, president of the Burrillville Land Trust, will lead the presentation.

The event will be held Sept. 29 at the Barrington Senior Center at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Paul at proselli@cox.net or 401-447-1560 or burrillvillelandtrust.org

Sunset and Full Moonrise Walk Oct. 16

Witness the beauty of Sowams Woods with a sunset walk through the woods and a full hunters’ moon rising across Echo Lake. Sunset is at 6 p.m. and the moonrise at 6:45. We’ll listen for owls, examine the foliage and learn sky watching traditions. This is an easy walk for all ages. Families are encouraged. Dogs are permitted on leash. Bring bug spray, camera and flashlight.

Sowams Woods is located on Washington Road and South Lake Drive. Park on Tallwood Drive, Spinnaker Drive and Lighthouse Lane. Meet on Washington Road.

Call or e-mail Helen Tjader with questions: 401-480-8329, helen@acornnpsolutions.com

Harvest Sunset Full Moonrise Walk on Sept. 15

Enjoy the sunset across Brickyard Pond and experience a full moon rising through the trees at Veteran Memorial Park. We’ll talk about night sky traditions, view successful remodeling using dark sky friendly lighting and listen to the owls

The is a flat, easy walk for all ages. Families are encouraged. Leashed dogs are permitted.

Bring a camera, flashlight and bug spray.

The park entrance is located at the eastern side of the Bayside YMCA in Barrington. If the park gate is open parking is permitted within the park. Otherwise park in the YMCA lot. We will meet at the trailhead for the Green Trail. A kiosk is also there.

Starts at 6:30 p.m. Ends by 8:30

Call Helen Trader with questions at 401-480-8329.


Ten Mile River Needs Volunteers

The electro survey of fish living in the Ten Mile River needs 8 to 10 volunteers on each date. For info reach out to: KTGgroup@aol.com

Thursday Aug. 25, 2016

Time: 2 to 4 pm

Location: Hunts Mills

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016

Time : 9 to 11 am

Location: Willett School Attleboro, 32 Watson Ave.

August 2nd Tuesday Trails Team event

For our next project on Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 we will be working at the Andreozzi Nature Preserve clearing, widening and reestablishing the trails through the property as well as installing some signage, clearing some debris off the trails and removing some invasives.  The trails are heavilly overgrown so wear pants and long sleeves.   Good news…we will have shade!  We will meet at 10 am. at the Bike Path crossing on South Lake Drive (off Middle Highway).  There is an area for some cars to park on the right side of the road after crossing over the East Bay Bike Path.  If additional space is needed you will be directed to park on Lee Ann or Viall’s Drive.

As always bring water, insect repellant and sunblock along with your pruners or loppers.
Hope to see many of you on Tuesday. Check out the description of the Andreozzi Nature Preserve on the BLCT website.  There is a nice description of the property complete with a picture of what the trail used to look like.
As always new volunteers are always welcomed.  Just show up or contact:  volunteers@blct.org

Nockum Hill Tour August 10

Join the Barrington Land Conservation Trust and the Barrington Public Library for a late afternoon tour of Nockum Hill and the Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge as part of RI Land Trust Council’s Land Trust Days. We will view the largest regional nesting ground for the diamondback terrapin, as well as the coastal walking trails along Hundred Acre Cove. At this time of year we will likely see evidence of turtle hatchlings. The refuge is a also a bird sanctuary with a wide variety of species throughout the year. And a summer sunset across Hundred Acre Cove can be spectacular. This is a leisurely 2-3 mile easy hike for all ages. Due to the sensitivity of of the nesting terrapin population, dogs are not permitted at the refuge. Rain date will be August 11.

Register for this free walk by contacting the Public Library Reference Desk at 401-247-1920 x312. They can also answer any of your questions about this walk including directions. Indicating your attendance on either Meetup or Facebook does not reserve your spot – you must contact the library directly. For more information on the Trust, please visit their website at: http://blct.org/blct/ and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Barrington-Land-Conservation-Trust-122591774517537/
For more Land Trust Day activities statewide visit: https://www.facebook.com/RILandTrusts/ or on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Rhode-Island-Land-Trust-Days/

Directions: The Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge at Nockum Hill is on George Street in Barrington. Meet at the trailhead at the end of George Street. From the north, from Route 6 in Seekonk, take Warren Avenue south, turn right onto George Street. From the south, take New Meadow Road in Barrington north to Warren Avenue, turn right onto George Street. At the large bend in George Street near the stone commemorating the first Baptist Church in Massachusetts park along the street nearby. Park along a single side of the road.

The event starts at 6 p.m.

Invertebrates Outing August 19

The Barrington Land Conservation Trust welcomes you to a walk with Amy O’Donnell. You will study invertebrates in a meadow and woodland at St Andrews Farm. Learn about native plants, pollinators, and the role of hedgerows in supporting our native wildlife. We visit an ancient oak tree.

It’s free and perfect for families. An off-road stroller is fine. Dogs on leash are also welcome. Dress for the afternoon’s weather. If it is hot, be sure to bring some water. Tick protection is recommended. Learn more about the Land Trust at http://blct.org/blct/

Directions: 101 Middle Highway in Barrington. From County Rd (Route 114), turn west onto Federal Road opposite the “White Church Bridge”. At the end of Federal, turn north/right onto Middle Highway and then left onto the paved driveway beyond the soccer fields which leads to a large parking area. Meet at the trail entrance at the corner of the parking area.

It starts at 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Rebuilding Rhode Island’s Purple Martin Colonies

Don’t miss this unique opportunity……

Rebuilding Rhode Island’s Purple Martin Colonies

Demonstration and Talk by Raymond Marr – two dates in June.

Come for a firsthand demonstration of nesting Purple Martins by Ray Marr and learn about his successful voluntary work rebuilding Rhode Island’s Purple Martin colonies. During Ray’s demonstration and talk he’ll lower the units for some nest checks allowing participants to see many nests with eggs and tiny chicks.

Saturday June 18, 12:00am– 1:30pm

Pic-Wil?Barrington Land Trust, Washington Road, Barrington, RI

(May also include a visit to the Martin houses at RISD’s Tillinghast Farm 231 NayattRoad, Barrington, if the property is not in use for a private function on the 18th.)

Sunday June 26, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Clark’s Farm, Rehoboth (72 gourds)

116 Wheeler Street, next to Crestwood Golf Course, Rehoboth

Meet at the Barrington High School and car pool to Rehoboth as parking is only possible along the road. Participants will walk in to the farm via a long driveway.

There are also bobolinks, barn swallows and bluebirds at this site.

To guard against ticks at both sites insect repellant is highly recommended.