May 26, 2024

Palmer River Heroes

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The Friends of the Palmer River, a local non-profit that advocates for the preservation and health of the watershed, would like to give a hearty thanks to Rock Singewald, President of the Warren Land Conservation Trust and Wenley Ferguson of Save the Bay for their efforts and incredible successes preserving the salt marshes of the eastern shore of the Palmer River's estuary in Warren, RI.

There's a great article about their work on Eastbayri.com from May 18, 2022:

“The 61-acre Haile Farm Preserve (which opened to the public three years ago today) serves as a wonderful example of mutual collaboration towards a common goal that includes improving public access to a beautiful outdoor resource and improving climate resiliency.
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All of the work, from proactively protecting humans against the damage wrought by rising seas, to trying to save a small species of local birds, is helping move the dial in a big way -- all from one of the smallest towns in the smallest state.” - Ethan Hartley

The Palmer River watershed encompasses two municipalities in MA and in RI and increasing our understanding of the connections we share will become increasingly important. Each town may have its own laws and its own agenda, but those details are not respected by Mother Nature. As we face the future, we must find commonality in those things that seem hopelessly opposed and work together to find solutions that work for humans, animals and critical habitat areas.

Thank you Rock and Wenley for your inspiring work downstream from Rehoboth on the Palmer River! As Rock stated in the article; "It's having an impact. People are starting to wake up."

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