The Joslin Parcel on Providence Water’s Property
This program, the 3rd in a series of 4 case studies on the Challenge of Habitat Restoration, is a great opportunity to see a very large sized conversion and restoration project.
The 540 acre site, on one of the highest points in Scituate, has a commanding view of the reservoir. Prior to the building of the Reservoir, the Joslin Family owned many tracts of land throughout Scituate used primarily for manufacturing. This parcel Mr. Joslin acquired after his other lands were procured for the creation of the reservoir. The tract was used in part as a farm by the family but by the time Providence Water purchased it in 1991, parts had lay fallow for many years. Woody plants and invasive species were prevalent throughout the old fields.
In 2008 Providence Water, with funding from National Resource Conservation Service, undertook a wildlife habitat project aimed to benefit grassland and shrub land dependent species. Approximately 80 acres of old field, shrubland, and forest were treated with 65 acres of warm season grassland; 15 acres of young forest, and 8 acres of shrubland established or improved. The grassland seeding has benefited species such as the field sparrow, eastern kingbird as well as attracted species such as bobolink or Eastern meadowlark. The cut forest will be allowed to regenerate in order to create stands of saplings which will enhance the site’s ability to support woodcock, blue-winged warblers, and ruffed grouse.
Leader: Paul Dolan with Foresters from Providence Water
Participants – minimum 7, maximum 15
Fee – $10.00; $5.00 RIWPS members
Providence Water’s Joslin Farm is located on Field Hill Road, Scituate, RI.
—Access Field Hill Road from Route 12 (Tunk Hill Road). Field Hill Road is .25 miles west on Route 12 from where Old Plainfield Pike dead ends into Route 12.
—There will be signs at the entrance. The tour starts about .3 miles up on an unimproved road.