Veteran RIWPS Member, Karen Asher will encourage participants to share their botanical knowledge on a walk at the Bradner Preserve. In 2000 William and Robert Bradner donated this 64 acre tract of land to the Richmond Rural Preservation Land Trust. The preserve, composed of both woodlands and wetlands has two streams (the larger is Glen Rock Brook) which drain into the Queens River, one of RI’s cleanest rivers. The parcel is part of the Wood-Pawcatuck River watershed, a sole source aquifer which provides drinking water for South County.
Expect many trees, oaks, birches, beeches and sassafras among others, and numerous ferns such a cinnamon, bracken and sensitive fern. Sweet pepperbush, spicebush, lowbush blueberry and various clubmosses and wildflowers complete the picture.
This is a moderate hike, with lots of rock formations and tree roots to negotiate. It is a gentle up and down.
Wear blaze orange. While there is no hunting on this property, it is allowed on adjacent parcels. Bring bug spray just in case it is needed.
From Rte 138
Turn onto Hillsdale Road (on the right just after the Meadowbrook Waldorf School if you are coming from URI). Drive on Hillsdale for about 3.1 miles, then turn right onto Hoxie Road. Drive approximately 1 mile then turn right onto Gardner Road. Go 1/10 of a mile to parking lot on right.
From 102 – heading west (from Rte 4)
Turn left onto Tripps Corner Road, then right onto Hog House Hill Road then right onto Gardner Road.
The parking lot is small so carpool if possible. Late arrivals will have to park along the road.
This walk will be the last walk in our 2016 First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series. See First Thursday Botanizing Walk home page for important details about these walks.