May 29, 2022

TAKE A WALK WITH US, SEEKONK LAND TRUST

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The Seekonk Land Conservation Trust has scheduled events for March and April. We hope you can join us for these activities and to introduce you to the Seekonk Land Trust’s new Stewardship Coordinator, Paul Miller. Paul comes to us after having worked many years in the Florida Dry Prairie, headwaters of the Everglades, and for other Land Trusts in western and coastal Maine. He has a strong background in conservation, wildlife ecology, stewardship and land management and is implementing a new computerized management tool called ‘Landscape’ to assist these efforts. His presence will assist the Land Trust in managing and maintaining trails, working with volunteers and participating in outdoor education and community affairs.  Paul will be the featured speaker at the Land Trust Annual Meeting on April 6 at Seekonk Library which all are welcome to attend. 

March 19, Saturday 9 - 11am
Winter’s Last Gasp, Osamequin Farm, 80 Walnut Street (off Prospect Str)
Join us on this last day of winter and enjoy a walk in the woods with Paul Miller and Tom Webb. Paul is the new Stewardship Coordinator for Seekonk Land Conservation Trust (SLCT) and Tom is SLCT Board President. Test your ability and skill at recognizing trees by bark and shape; look for bird cavities and nests, and explore the woodland trails behind Osamaquin Farm finding evidence of how plants and animals survive throughout the winter. Andrew Jencks will be on hand to provide a historical perspective on the Osamaquin property.
Family friendly, easy trail less than 2 miles of walking. Wear boots for mud/snow, use tick repellent, and bring your camera and binoculars!
Meeting point and parking: Meet by the large barn behind the homestead, park on the right side of Walnut Street

As background to provide some context, Osamaquin Farm’s name comes from the “great leader,” Massosoit Ousamequin of the Pokanoket nation, and their mission at the Farm is to share their historic land by hosting a cooperative of small scale farmers, public gatherings, and educational opportunities for the community. The farm has been in the Jenck’s family for over a century, but the original farm was purchased by the Carpenter family in the mid-1600s. In addition to raising sustainably grown crops, Osamaquin hosts educational events and seasonal gatherings, and so is sharing their space with us in the community.

April 6, Wednesday, 6:30 pm
Annual Meeting of the Seekonk Land Conservation Trust
The featured presentation will be from Paul Miller, Seekonk Land Trust’s new Stewardship Coordinator. Paul will demonstrate a new powerful computerized management tool called ‘Landscape’. This program will identify Land Trust holdings and assist management efforts that promote stewardship in Seekonk.
Seekonk Library meeting room, 6:30 pm, all welcome

April 9, Saturday 9 - 11am
Spring Peeping, Martin Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk
Walk and talk while birding and watching nature unfold during this time of early spring migration with Paul Miller, Stewardship Coordinator for SLCT. It’s almost time for spring peepers, migrating birds, and early wildflowers. Join us to look for vernal pools, and to see and listen to what’s happening in the woods.
Family friendly, easy trail less than 1 mile of walking. Wear boots for mud/snow, use tick repellent, and bring your camera and binoculars!
Meeting point and parking: Martin Refuge parking area (next to the Veteran’s Hall and across from The Grist Mill)

SAVE THE DATE
April 23, Saturday, Earth Day Clean Up 2022
10am to 1pm, Martin Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk
Join the Seekonk Land Conservation Trust and the Runnins River Watershed Alliance for their Annual Earth Day clean-up. This is a safe, fun way to get outdoors and give back to the environment that gives us so much in return. Volunteers will meet at at Martin Refuge parking area and will divide resources to clean up other Land Trust properties within the Runnins River watershed. You would be asked to pick up litter along the road and parking areas, and other debris and dead branches along the trails. Bags, gloves, and tools (if needed) will be provided. Bring your own water bottle and tick repellent!
Meeting point and parking: Martin Refuge parking area (next to the Veteran’s Hall and across from The Grist Mill)

For further information, please see https://www.seekonklandtrust.org  or follow us on www.facebook.com/seekonkLCT 

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