This walk is the last walk in 2019 in our First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series!
Join Matthew ‘Twig’ Largess, Voice of the Forest, ISA Certified Arborist, on a journey through the enchanted forest of Lawton Valley.
Largess describes Lawton Valley as the “Grand Canyon of Rhode Island”. Lawton Valley is an untouched and undiscovered natural canyon and confirmed Old Growth Forest site. This old growth site was studied by Harvard University dendrochronologist Neil Pederson – who spoke last March at our annual meeting – and has some of the oldest and largest stands of American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) and Hop Hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) in New England.
The forest also contains old growth Red Oak (Quercus rubra) and American Beech (Fagus grandifolia), rare coastal Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), and Yellow Birch (Quercus rubra Betula alleghaniensis). At one time Lawton Valley was the home of Julia Ward Howe, author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. This is an extremely rare and diverse forest with a river that runs through it. This will be an informative and magical expedition and experience.
THIS 2-3 MILE WALK WILL BE STEEP AND STRENUOUS. Please wear proper shoes.
Location: Lawton Valley, south edge of Raytheon Co. on West Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871. We will park and meet at the Newport Car museum parking lot located next to Raytheon. 1947 West Main Street (Rt. 114), Portsmouth RI. Google driving directions.
This walk is a part of our First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series. See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details about these walks.