Learn about the new native plant garden and the work at restoration sites at Trustom Pond NWR, a 787-acre refuge in South Kingstown, that protects the state’s only undeveloped salt pond. September 17 will mark the first anniversary of the groundbreaking for the garden, a URI Master Gardener Program project in partnership with the USFWS. Thirty locally sourced Rhode Island native plant species are now emerging. This summer the project expanded its mission to support USFWS with their habitat restoration plans by introducing native plants in select ecosystems throughout the Refuge.
Your nature walk hosts will be Mark Cordle, the URI Master Gardener Project Leader and Nick Ernst, USFWS Biologist. First we will tour the Trustom Pond Native Plant Demonstration Garden including its two rain gardens, one of which is on a slope. Then we will walk the outer Farm Loop Trail to view 3 unique habitat restoration sites in different ecosystems; a meadow, a woodland and a red maple swamp. Volunteers peeled back layers of invasive plants and exposed a number of native plants, such as an alder tree, a very large poison sumac tree, swamp azaleas, and cinnamon ferns. Locally sourced native plants are being added to restore the natural habitat.
Free & open to the public
Limit of 25 participants
Registration is required.