The Sowams Heritage Area Project Hosts the Next Round of Community Conversations

The Sowams Heritage Area Project invites members of the community to participate in a community conversation to discuss the significance of Sowams, the ancestral homeland of the Massasoit Ousamequin who welcomed the Pilgrims in 1621, and the extraordinary array of resources that can be found on its landscape.

Free to the public, the conversation will be held twice:
  • March 26, 2024, at 3:30pm at the Seekonk Public Library
  • March 27, 2024, at 7:00pm at Mt. Hope Farm


Haile Farm Preserve Plant Inventory

WLCT is excited to share a report from the New England Botanical Society in their efforts to enhance the herbarium records for Bristol County, RI.

You can access the full list of species from the collection foray here.

Society members collected and analyzed 49 vascular plant species at Haile Farm Preserve. 22 species (45%) had never been documented in Bristol County, and 13 had not been documented in the last century! Specimens are stored at Brown University and New England Botanical Society at Harvard University Herbaria.

Thanks to the entire team at New England Botanical Society! As shared by Lisa A. Standley PhD,  NEBS Curator of Vascular Plants: “These results are tremendously valuable to our knowledge of the distribution and status of plants in New England.”

How can you help? Join iNaturalist and contribute your observations to the Biodiversity at Haile Farm Preserve project! 

An Exciting Opportunity! Pre-register NOW

Join the Warren Land Conservation Trust and the Rhode Island Land Trust Council for an brief talk on Friday, August 21 at 6pm by entomologist Ben Gagliardi, followed by a self-guided walk at Haile Farm Preserve to kick off Land Trust Days 2020!

The Haile Farm Preserve, one of the signature properties of the Warren Land Conservation Trust, is comprised of 60 acres and has approximately two and a half miles of easy walking trails.  It is remarkable for its variety of ecosystems ranging from upland forests (including numerous stone walls) to tidal marshes. Several trails lead to outstanding views of the Palmer River.  The new Jade Trail, completed this spring, leaves from New Industrial Way and provides an opportunity for an interesting “loop” walk.

Ben will give an introduction about local insect diversity and include some examples/photos/descriptions/stories about insects that he has encountered along the Haile Farm Preserve trails. Following the talk, attendees will guide themselves along the preserve’s trail systems and then reconvene at 7:15pm to review our discoveries.

To make the walk even more interesting, bring your smart phone to take pictures of interesting things you see along the trail and upload them to a project on the iNaturalist app and/or collect live specimens in jars/containers that you can bring along! We will set up a table for touchless viewing.

All participants must wear a face covering. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bug spray. This event is FREE and suitable for all ages. Leashed dogs are welcome.

This event will be limited to 25 attendees to allow for adequate distancing during the talk & along the trail. All attendees (including guests – limit 2) must be pre-registered on the MeetUp event.

Rain Date: Saturday, August 22 at 6pm.

Questions? Contact:  Michael Gerhardt (Cell:  401-529-0563)  

Directions & Parking There is adequate parking at the entrance — which is at the end of New Industrial Way, Warren.