Garry Plunkett will help us “read the forested landscape,” by exploring cellar holes, and discussing tree species, forest dynamics, and woodland plants on about 2 miles of trails with some moderate climbing.
Sprague Farm has a fascinating array of cultural and natural features that are a challenge to absorb in a single walk. This is a classic New England scene, a 19th century farm site now reclaimed by temperate forest stands of varied composition and successional stages. The preserve is about 1,000 acres, owned and managed by the Glocester Land Trust, and features a stand of striped maples (Acer Pensylvanicum), magnificent chestnut oaks (Quercus montana) and an Atlantic white cedar swamp (Chamaecyparis thyoides). PLEASE NOTE: This walk is scheduled to be longer than the regular First Thursday walks. The walk is from 10 to 12:30.
Written directions 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.
Location for this walk. Pole #33 on Pine Orchard Road in Chepachet
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Rt. 295 in Smithfield drive west on Route 44 (Putnam Pike) into Glocester. Proceed into the village of Chepachet and through a stop light where Route 100/102 intersects from the north. Continue beyond the stop light on Route 44 approximately 2 miles. Watch for Pine Orchard Road that comes off at a slight angle to the left, then turns sharply back to the south. Proceed on Pine Orchard Road for about ¾ mile where the main trailhead and parking is on the right. (Note: another trailhead without parking will be seen on the right immediately preceding the main trailhead.) Garry Plunkett’s cell phone: 401-633-2037.