New Osprey Platform at Haile Farm Preserve

The habitat along the Palmer River is almost ideal for the fish eating raptor, the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) and there are numerous nests and platforms in the area. But the revival of the species has been so successful that every year there is a demand for additional platforms. The Warren Land Conservation Trust is pleased to announce that, with support from a legislative grant sponsored by Representatives Speakman and Knight, a new platform has been installed off the Saltmarsh Trail at the Haile Farm Preserve. The high tech platform was constructed off site by the firm Pearson Pilings of Swansea and installed by their crew. Branches were attached to the platform since this is known to attract birds and assist with their nest building in the Spring. The platform will welcome the birds back from their 3000 mile fight from South America when they arrive in May.


Kayak Launch Area Making Progress

The Warren Land Conservation Trust is pleased to announce that it has received an “Assent” from the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) to develop a kayak launch area including 2 parking spaces at its newly acquired property fronting on Mount Hope Bay at the end of Maple Road. The project approval is good for three years and covers, in addition to the pervious parking area, a kayak rack and benches. Serious planning can now begin.
Plan of Proposed Kayak Launch Area and CRMC Notice of Assent

Web Site Updates

We take some pride in keeping our web site up to date and relevant. A significant development is that we have added an “archives” page to the site. If you click on News and Events on the menu you will find links to most of the items that have appeared on the Home Page since the inception of the site. It is interesting to see the broad range of subjects that have been addressed.

Also under Support Us there is a new page dealing with the Warren Land Conservation Trust Endowment Fund, held at the Rhode Island Foundation, and other opportunities for long term support of Trust through “planned giving.” Take a look.

Legislative Grants

The Warren Land Conservation Trust is very grateful to have received a legislative grant from Senator Walter Feleg and a combined grant from Representatives Jason Knight and June Speakman.

The former will be used to reimburse costs associated with development of the Right of Way trail to the left of the Haile Farm Preserve sign, including grading and the application of wood chips. The latter will be used for several purposes including material for continued trail development at Haile Farm Preserve and installation of an osprey platform. Additionally, the funds will partially support a study of ALL of the land trust properties with the goal of developing an overall stewardship plan.

The support from our legislative delegation is indicative of the progress the WLCT has made in adding protected land to its holdings and making them available for public use.

Come take a walk at the Haile Farm Preserve (off New Industrial Way) and support the Warren Land Conservation Trust by joining via the Support US button.

Trail Team Update

The Warren Land Conservation Trust continues to look for volunteers to join our Trail Team to help maintain and improve trails at our nature preserves. We meet twice a month at one of the properties weather permitting. We will meet from 10 AM to Noon one Friday a month and one day on a weekend. We will send e-mail reminders one week before each date specifying where to meet, so sign up for our Trail Team e-mail list at volunteerwlct@gmail.com.

Here is a list of the scheduled Trail Team dates for the next two months. We may schedule additional dates as the weather improves.

Saturday 2/8 (at HFP), Friday 2/14 (at HFP), Friday 3/13, Sunday 3/22

Thanks for the help!