Once hailed as the only surviving “old growth” forest in Rhode Island, this magnificent stand of trees in Portsmouth was saved because a local arborist, hired by a developer to mark individual stems for removal, couldn’t bear to see any of them cut down. His subsequent public outcry over the potential development eventually led to its preservation by the Aquidneck Land Trust.
Join Garry Plunkett for a walk in this 13-acre estate woodland which will a focus on the ecology of old growth forests. The group will also take a lap through an adjacent meadow to check out efforts to manage early successional habitat adjacent to the forest. Directions to meet up location below.
This walk is a part of our First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series. See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details about these walks.
Since parking is very limited at the site, we will meet at Rocco’s Little Italy 880 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, which is in a small strip development on the corner of Union St. and East Main Rd. in Portsmouth.
Union St. runs east-west, connecting East Main Rd. (Rte 138) with West Main (Rte 114), about in the middle of Aquidneck Island. At the junction of Union St. and East Main Rd. is a traffic light, with the Portsmouth Historical Society Museum (farmer’s gothic church building) on the northwest corner. The parking lot for the commercial strip is next to the Historical Society museum. We will meet there and carpool to Oakland Forest as necessary. Garry’s cell phone is 401-633-2037.