Category Archives : News & Events


Land Trust Chowder Supper 2017 – Oct. 6 from 5 to 8pm

The North Smithfield Land Trust's annual Chowder Supper will be held October 6, 2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Location: Primrose Fire Station (1470 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI 02896)

Price: The entrance fee is $12.

Menu: Chowder (red & white), clam cakes, soft drinks & water and various home made salads and desserts.

Other: There will be raffles with prizes.

Enjoy!

clam chowder


Annual General Meeting – North Smithfield Land Trust

The North Smithfield Land Trust is holding our Annual Meeting and brunch:

Sunday Aug. 30th, 2015
--11am-1pm
at Ruth Pacheco's house
--836 Old Smithfield Road
--North Smithfield, RI

We will be voting on Board members and providing an update of our work.

If you can attend, please bring something to share, and let us know that you will be coming!
contact: president@nslandtrustri.org


Land Trust Day – Rocky Hill – Birds of North Smithfield & Kid’s Tag Hunt

The North Smithfield Land Trust will conduct a Birds of North Smithfield event hosted by Roseanne Sherry and a Kid's Tag Hunt on August 22rd, 2015. The Birds of North Smithfield will begin at 11:00am. The Kid's Tag Hunt will begin at 12:00. Both events will complete by 1:00pm.

The trail head is across the street from 382 Rocky Hill Road. Park on the side of the road under the power lines.

The entire trail is about 3/4 of a mile. There is a new bridge to cross a small stream.  Come join us to learn the new trail!

Here's how the Kid's Tag Hunt will work:

You will sign up at a table near the Trail Head. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Your child will be given a tag with a number. The Hunt is to find the tag with the matching number somewhere on the Rocky Hill Trail. Each child returning with two matching tags (numbers) will be given a small prize.

So, there is no need to run, race or hurry. No need to show up early to beat the rush. There will be no chance to find tags a day early either, the tags will be placed just prior to the Hunt.  However, there will be only 20 tags available.  Based on prior participation in North Smithfield Land Trust Events, we do not expect to run out.

Bonus! Some tags will have a special question on the back to answer about where the tag was found. There's a small bonus for getting it correct.

Enjoy!

ns-tag-hunt-2

Advice:  Please wear appropriate bug preventive and tick preventive sprays and clothing.  DEET is recomended for bug repellent and Permethrin treated clothing is recommended for tick protection.


Land Trust Day – Rocky Hill Trail Intro & Kid’s Tag Hunt

The North Smithfield Land Trust will conduct a Trail Introduction and Kid's Tag Hunt on August 23rd, 2014 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

The trail head is across the street from 382 Rocky Hill Road. Park on the side of the road under the power lines.

The new trail is recently cleared and brush cut.  The entire trail is about 3/4 of a mile.  Come join us to learn the new trail!

Here's how the Kid's Tag Hunt will work:

You will sign up at a table near the Trail Head. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Your child will be given a tag with a number. The Hunt is to find the tag with the matching number somewhere on the Rocky Hill Trail. Each child returning with two matching tags (numbers) will be given a small prize.

So, there is no need to run, race or hurry. No need to show up early to beat the rush. There will be no chance to find tags a day early either, the tags will be placed just prior to the Hunt.  However, there will be only 20 tags available.  Based on prior participation in North Smithfield Land Trust Events, we do not expect to run out.

Bonus! Some tags will have a special question on the back to answer about where the tag was found. There's a small bonus for getting it correct.

Enjoy!

ns-tag-hunt-2

Advice:  Please wear appropriate bug preventive and tick preventive sprays and clothing.  DEET is recomended for bug repellent and Permethrin treated clothing is recommended for tick protection.

Valley Breeze Pictures from the event:

VB-Land-Trust-Day-2014-1 VB-Land-Trust-Day-2014-2 VB-Land-Trust-Day-2014-3


Award

 

Board Member, Brian Van Houwe, Former President,  Ruth Pacheco, President, Caroly Shumway of Land Trust, Governor Lincoln Chafee & Paulette Hamilton, Town Administrator. Second row is Robert Ericson, AICP, Town Planner     Photo courtesy - DEM

Board Member, Brian Van Houwe, Former President, Ruth Pacheco, President, Caroly Shumway of Land Trust, Governor Lincoln Chafee & Paulette Hamilton, Town Administrator. Second row is Robert Ericson, AICP, Town Planner Photo courtesy - DEM

 

 

NORTH SMITHFIELD LAND TRUST AND TOWN AWARDED DEM OPEN SPACE GRANT FOR BOOTH POND

 On November, 2nd, The North Smithfield Land Trust and the Town of North Smithfield were jointly awarded a $400,000 Open Space Grant for 38 acres of conservation land near and including half of Booth Pond. The Land Trust and Town of North Smithfield were one of 15 recipients of DEM’s Open Space grant awards, and received the award in a State House ceremony with Governor Lincoln Chafee and DEM Director Janet Coit.

 The grant will ensure that nearly ¾ of the area around Booth Pond is protected; half is already protected by Woonsocket’s Booth Pond Conservation Area. “This grant for Booth Pond will help protect the drinking water of North Smithfield and Woonsocket, provide a community park for North Smithfield’s families, and help protect the state’s second most diverse pond for dragonflies,” says Caroly Shumway, President of the Land Trust. The grant will also protect a globally endangered dragonfly, along with countless other species that rely on the rare wetland habitat type.

 This is the second time that the Land Trust was awarded the grant. The stumbling block last time was the delay in the wind turbine agreement between the town and a wind developer that would pay for debt on the town-required match for the project, along with a legal challenge to wind development in Portsmouth that delayed wind projects everywhere in the state. As a result of the delay, the grant period expired, and the Land Trust had to relinquish the grant.

 The land arrangement is complicated. For the deal to succeed this time requires the cooperation and effort of all parties. The Land Trust, the Town of North Smithfield, the Town Council, the developer Brian Bucci, and the landowner, RAM Investments, managed by Al Brien. Fortunately, all are committed to ensuring that this deal finally comes to fruition.

Paulette Hamilton, Town Administrator, noted, “This is an extraordinary opportunity to achieve multiple Green Community objectives on one beautiful site. I thank Dr. Shumway the and the Land Trust for their tireless and devoted efforts to maintain the pristine character of our town and plan for our future.”


Habitat Score Card

The Land Trust has been working on a habitat score card to help us prioritize lands for conservation in the town. We will present our findings to the town at the beginning of next year, and hope to work together on additional land purchases!