Join Peter Del Tredici, renowned botanist and author – who after 35 years at the Arnold Arboretum now teaches urban ecology at MIT – to gain a new appreciation of the role vacant lots play in our urban areas.
Peter has written:
“While most people have a negative view of spontaneous urban plants, they are actually performing many of the same ecological functions that native species perform in nonurban areas. ..absorbing excess nutrients that accumulate in wetlands; reducing heat buildup in heavily paved areas; controlling erosion along rivers and streams; mitigating soil, water, and air pollution; providing food and habitat for wildlife; and converting the carbon dioxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels into biomass. (read more)
The vacant lot is near the Ace Hardware, 320 Warwick Ave. Warwick. Park at Ace hardware using the Vine street entrance to the parking lot. Use the satellite view of the area to find the vacant lot. It is L shape and bordered by Ace Hardware to the North and River Street to the West. We will meet in the North West corner of the lot. (NOTE: If your route to this walk takes you over the Newport Bridge, please know that it is reduced to one lane each direction from August 12 until some time in December. Speed limit will be reduced. There may or may not be delays. Details at http://www.ritba.org)
Rain date: Friday September 27, 1-3pm
Fee: $15.00 non members, $10.00 members. Maximum number 16