Work has begun on the 4 year restoration of the salt marsh and meadows at Sowams Meadows Preserve on Market St. The restoration effort is a partnership between the Warren Land Conservation Trust, (WLCT) the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the USDA (NRCS), and Save the Bay. An initial mowing of the existing fields is complete and now we are working on removing invasive trees and vines from the borders of the fields. The work is being done by crews from Staton’s Landscaping in Warren under contract with NRCS. We will be working in the marsh as well to improve conditions there and starting a multi-year effort to transform the old hay fields into diverse native pollinator habitats. The full restoration plan is available here
We are delighted to announce that Paul Miller has accepted our offer to become Executive Director for WLCT. Paul has a long career as a biologist working on various research and conservation projects in Florida, California, Louisiana, New Jersey, and New England. He worked extensively to monitor and protect the endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow at the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve in Okeechobee, Florida. He also was Executive Director of The Island Heritage Trust in Deer Isle, Maine for over two years. He most recently worked with the Seekonk Land Trust as their Stewardship Coordinator. Paul brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to WLCT, which will help us as we strive to be responsible stewards of the properties in our care.
Paul is a native Rhode Islander and lived in Warren until his high school years. We are glad he found his way home again. He received his bachelor’s and Master’s in Environmental Science and Sustainable Natural Resource Management from Unity College in Maine. He lives in North Kingstown, RI with his wife Sue, a physician.