Since 1987, the Westerly Land Trust has acquired 30 significant properties, representing nearly 1,600 acres. Almost all of this land has been made available to the public as accessible open space. Our goal is to continue to be a responsible and aggressive preserver and steward of important ecological, agricultural and recreational spaces, as measured by the degree to which the public is aware of and utilizes our preserves.
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Our conservation properties include:
Approximately 50 acres of coastal sand plain grass land, fresh water ponds and wetlands, brush land, salt marsh with two tidal inlets from frontage on the Pawcatuck River estuary. Paved road system used for passive recreation. Being managed to remove exotic vegetation and restore native grassland. Acquired September 1998. Location: Grassland Way, off Avondale Road and Quail Run.
Trails: Besides the paved 0.6 mile loop road for recreation, there are walking trails along stone walls within the grassland
Parcel 1. Approximately 7½ acres of glacially carved terrain located near the east end of Links Passage. A forested lateral moraine with wild blueberry and mountain laurel dropping sharply to an Atlantic White Cedar swamp. The Preserve includes 1/3 of Dr. Lewis Pond, a large and deep glacier kettle pond. The parcel acquired as a gift from James Romanella and Sons in March 1999. Location: south side of Links Passage.
Parcel 2. Approximately 1.5 acres of wetlands and a portion of Dr. Lewis Pond. It was received as a gift from F. Thomas Ligouri, Jr. and Ann Ligouri in Acquired: December 2002. Location: northeast side ofLittlebrook Road.
Parcel 3. Approximately ½ acre was received as a gift from theWesterlyHospitaland the Westerly Library. It is merged into the adjacent Parcel 2 lot. Acquired: July 2, 2010. Location: northeast side ofLittlebrook Road.
Trails: Parcel 1, has a short trail located at the southeast corner of the road. The trail loops back to the road after passing by the pond’s edge. Please park on Links Passage, near the trail head.
Parcel 1. This 38-acre site is on the west side of Crandall Swamp (Aguntaug Swamp), the second largest wetland inRhode Island. The site is forested with cedar, red maple, oak and native shrubs. The Crandall Swamp as a whole has been identified as an environmentally important ecosystem. The property was received as a gift from Mary Panciera in November 1999. Location: east side of Route 78 between Staple’s and the former Town landfill.
Parcel 2. The bounds and size of this property are uncertain, but it consists of at least 2-acres of wooded swamp. It was received as a gift from theWesterlyHospitalFebruary 14, 2007. Location: east of Parcel 1.
Parcel 3. The Earl C., John F. and A. Henry Crandall Family Preserve
This 306-acre property is also within the limits of Aguntaug Swamp and consists of mostly Atlantic white cedar swamp, floating bogs and ponds that are habitat for a variety of migrating waterfowl and some rare or endangered plant and animal species such as the bog-haunter dragonfly. There are also areas of upland forest containing lovely stands of mountain laurel and American holly. The property was purchased from the Crandall family in January 2010 with funding from The RI Department of Environmental Management, the Nature Conservancy, the Champlin Foundations, the Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation, the Bafflin Foundation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Location: at the end of Pound Roadoff of RI Route 91
Parcel 4. The Celico Preserve
This 77-acre property lies within the Aguntaug Swamp and consists entirely of wooded wetlands. The property was purchased August 30, 2010 from seven members of the Celico family, with funding from the Nature Conservancy, the Champlin Foundations and the Forest and Frances Lattner Foundation. Location: on the east side of Route 78, adjacent to the Town of Westerly former landfill, and the Land Trust Crandall Family Preserve and the Mary Panciera Preserve.
Parcel 5. Steven Crandall Tract
This 2.5 acre property lies within theCrandallSwamp, also known as theAguntaugSwamp. It is a wooded parcel with an approved house site. It is surrounded on three sides by the Earl C., John F. and A. Henry Crandall Family Preserve. The property was purchased in November 2010 with support from the Nature Conservancy, the Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation and the Bafflin Foundation. Location: on the east side and near the end of Pound Road off of RI Route 91.
Trails: Due to the nature of their environment, most of the Crandall Preserve parcels are not accessible to the public. Periodically, the Westerly Land Trust will lead special guided tours through the preserve.
NEW TRAIL – As of 2016, there is a new, handicapped accessible trail that is open to the public and is located across from 75 Pound Road. The flat, gravel trail begins at the gate next to the handicapped parking sign and travels along the dirt portion of Pound Road which is closed to vehicular traffic. The trail passes through beautiful wetland areas and ends at an observation deck over the water where beaver activity can be seen.
The site of the first Quaker Meetinghouse inWesterly consists of a knoll less than an acre in size surrounded by a stone wall. The site will be managed to provide educational information to tourists as well as local residents about the history and influence of Quakers in Westerly. Acquired November 1999. Location: US Route1, west of Dunn’s Corners and across from Dunn’s Corners Community Church.
Trails: Visitors may park along the secondary roadway in front of the cemetery gate and walk inside the stone wall perimeter.
NOTICE – GRILLS PRESERVE CLOSED
TO ALL ACTIVITIES INCLUDING HUNTING & HIKING
October 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017
Logging in progress for forestry health & habitat improvement
Parcel 1. The 482-acre Grills Preserve has more than 2½ miles of frontage on the Pawcatuck River. It consists of extensive fresh water wetlands, and extensive lagoon, upland forest, and a high hill with exposed bedrock and extensive scenic views. The property was purchased from Richard and Michael Grills in November 2003. Funding is expected from the RI Department of Environmental Management, the Nature Conservancy, the Lattner Foundation and other sources. Location: between the Pawcatuck River and the Amtrak railroad tracks, and between Route 91/216 and McGowan Brook flowing into the River from the state-owned Newton Marsh. There are extensive trails accessed from the end of Bowling Lane.
Parcel 2. (Jake and Mary Keena Tract). The 32-acre parcel adjacent to the property purchased from BDA includes a stream that runs through a pond and native cranberry bog, through the Grills Preserve and on into thePawcatuckRiver. It was purchased March 3, 2006 from three sisters Sally Gagnon, Marylou Collins and Kim Caswell; the property is named in honor of their parents. Funding for the acquisition was provided by the Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation. Location: Between the Amtrak railroad tracks and the main Grills Preserve property.
Parcel 3. The 16-acre parcel adjacent to the property purchased from BDA includes a stream that flows through the Grills Preserve and into thePawcatuckRiver. It was purchase May 30, 2006 from the Fredap Realty Trust, a remnant of the Penn Central Railroad. Funding was provided by the Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation. Location: Between the Amtrak railroad tracks and the main Grills Preserve property
Parcel 4: This property consists of 14 acres of woodland and freshwater wetlands. The property was acquired in April 2003 from the Fredap Realty Trust, a remnant of the Penn Central Railroad. Funding came from the Nature Conservancy, the Champlin Foundations and the Doris Duke Foundation. Location: between the Pawcatuck River, McGowen Brook and the AMTRAK railroad tracks.
Trails: There is an extensive trail system, beginning at the public parking area at the end ofBowling Lane. Approximately 6 miles of trails cover the preserve, including a cross country loop that is used by the WesterlyHigh School and Middle School teams. Hunting is permitted at this preserve. Hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders or any other visitors to this preserve are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, annually.
Thomas Hill Tract
The Thomas Hill tract is part of the Land Trust’s Pawcatuck River Corridor Initiative. Less than one acre, the wooded parcel is at the edge of the River and frequently floods. The Tract was donated to the Land Trust by Thomas Hill in August 2001. Location: Route 3, on the upstream side of the bridge where it crosses the River into Hopkinton.
Trails: There are no public trails in this preserve..
This property is part of the Land Trust’s Pawcatuck River Corridor Initiative. It consists of 148 acres of woodland, rocky ridges and fresh water wetlands adjacent to the Pawcatuck Riverand the Boy Scout Camp. The property was acquired as a donation from the Nature Conservancy. The deed is dated December 23, 2002. Location: off Boy Scout Drive, between the Pawcatuck River and the AMTRAK railroad tracks.
Trails: Extensive trails covering a wide variety of terrain are accessible fromBoy Scout Drive. Visitors please park along Old Hopkinton Road where it meets with Boy Scout Drive then walk up Boy Scout Drive to reach the trails just beyond the boy scout camp area.
Pine Hollow Preserve
The Pine Hollow Preserve consists of 30.3 acres of woodlands and wetlands adjacent to the Pawcatuck River in Bradford. The property was set aside from the Laudone cluster development. It includes an historic Peckham family cemetery. The property was transferred from the South County Conservancy in April 2003 Location: Laudone Drive, Bradford
Trails: There are no public trails in this preserve.
Parcel 1: The original Flora Whiteley Preserve consisted of two parcels totaling approximately 14 acres. More than twelve-acres is owned in fee and the balance is managed under a conservation easement. The property has substantial frontage on the Pawcatuck River with extensive marsh and wetlands. The Preserve also contains uplands with woods, exposed ledge and a seasonal stream that flows to the River. The property was purchased December 23, 2005. Location: Between Potter Hill Road and the Pawcatuck River, north of Lima Driveand South of the Potter Hill village. It is across Potter Hill Road from the east arm of the Westerly Town Forest.
Parcel 2: A 1.3-acre parcel was added to the Flora Whiteley Preserve December 21, 2006. It consists of a meadow and knoll overlooking the Pawcatuck River, and provides a portage egress point around the Potter Hill Dam. Location: On the upstream side of Potter Hill Roadwhere it crosses the River into Hopkinton.
Trails: A trail system is accessible from Parcel 2 with easy trails that travel along the river and to an upland meadow area. Limited parking is available.
The 1.8-acre parcel consists of tidal wetlands and a brook flowing into the Pawcatuck River estuary. The property was received as a gift from Stanton Terranova and Lou Trefes April 5, 2007. Location: 175 Watch Hill Road, just north ofPasadena Avenue.
Trails: There are no public trails on this preserve, due to the extent of wetlands
The 6-acre parcel is forested, with a vernal pool, and a small sandy beach area on the riverfront. The property was purchased February 28, 2008. Location:116-119 Potter Hill Road, between the road and the Pawcatuck River.
Trails: There are no public trails in this preserve.
The 2.5-acre parcel is a pasture along the River. The property was purchased December 17, 2008. Location:Boombridge Road, just downstream from Boombridge.
Trails: There are no public trails in this preserve.
A stream flows through this 1.5 acre woodland adjacent to land owned by the Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation. The property was donated by Thomas and Anna Highfill in December 1999. Location: between the corner of Shore Road and Haversham Road and land of the Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation to the west.
Trails: There are no public trails in this preserve.
Wildwood is a 5-acre woodland that is bordered by a stream, and includes fresh water wetlands. The tract was donated by the heirs of Henry and Marion Turrisi in December 2000. Location: BetweenForrestal Drive, Rangley Drive and Potter Hill Road.
Trails: A short, straight trail along the stream is accessible from both Forrestal and Rangley.
Parcel 1. The Winnapaug Farm consists of two primary parcels, separated by a laneway, between Shore Road and Winnapaug Pond. A third smaller parcel is on the Pond, between the primary parcels and the Misquamicut community. Altogether, the Preserve amounts to approximately 42 acres. The property consists of agricultural land in corn and hay, fields formerly used by the Winnapaug Day Camp, woods, fresh water wetlands and salt marsh. An undivided 5/6ths interest in the property was received from the heirs of the Saunders family in August 2001. Location: between Shore Road and Winnapaug Pond, and between Winnapaug Road and the Lathrop Preserve of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.
Parcel 2. This less than 1-acre tract consists primarily of saltwater wetlands. It was received as a gift from the heirs of Henry and Marion Turrisi in December 2000. Location: Second Avenue, adjacent to Parcel 1 and Winnapaug Pond.
Parcel 3. This parcel consists of a 1/3rd undivided interest in the laneway and Pond frontage between the two parts of Parcel 1. It was received as a gift April 1, 2010 from Virginia LaPierre, Barbara Brodhead and Thomasene Brodhead. Location:Shore Road.
Trails: There are currently no public trails or access in the preserve.
The Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park is consists of two parcels totaling 134 acres. It is entirely recessional moraine kettle and kame topography including ponds, sand barrens and ridges overlooking Winnapaug Pond, Block Island Sound, Block Island andLong Island. The property was purchased August 5, 2004. Location: Between Shore Roadand Tom Harvey Road, on either side of the Winnapaug Cottages development.
Trails: A large trail system through hilly terrain is accessible from two parking areas; one off of Tom Harvey Road and another on Kettle Close that is just off Shore Road at Winnapaug Cottages’ entrance.
Parcel 1 (Cherenzia 1). This parcel consists of approximately 6.25 acres along and including a portion of the Mastuxet Brook. The property was received as a gift from Cherenzia & Associates March 7, 2006. Location: Behind Thorp and Trainer Insurance and Mastuxet Condominiums on Airport Road.
Parcel 2 (Cherenzia 2.) This parcel consists of 13.73 acres near the headwaters of Mastuxet Brook. The property was received as a gift from Cherenzia Excavation July 31, 2006. Location: Behind homes near the corner of Wells Street and East Avenue.
Parcel 3 (Panciera) This parcel consists of 10.34 acres along and including a portion of the Mastuxet Brook. The property was received as a gift from Richard C. Panciera, Esq. July 31, 2006. Location: The parcel wraps around other Westerly Land Trust land and has frontage on Lovat Lane.
Parcel 4 (Cherenzia 3). This parcel consists of 7.23 acres near the headwaters of Mastuxet Brook. The property was received as a gift from Cherenzia Excavation July 31, 2006. Location. It is surrounded on three sides by Mastuxet Brook Parcel 3.
Trails: There is a short trail along Mastuxet Brook in Parcel 1 that is accessible from RotaryPark.
Moorehouse Farm Preserve
This parcel consists of 11.4 acres of field and forest adjacent to the Paul E. Trombino Memorial Foundation Little League complex. It was purchased May 5, 2011 from the Providence Catholic Diocese and has potential to be used for agriculture.
Location: Between Dunns Corners – Bradford Road and the Little League complex. Access is from Moorehouse Road, off Dunns Corners – Bradford Road.
This 72-acre property is the former Girl Scouts of Rhode Island Camp Wahaneeta. It is primarily wooded wetlands, and includes a stream, pond, and the former Girl Scout lodge. It was purchased May 9, 2012
Location: The property is adjacent to the Paul E. Trombino Memorial Foundation Little League complex, and to the 800-acre Woody Hill Management Area of the Department of Environmental Management. Access is from Moorehouse Road, off Dunns Corners – Bradford Road.
Trails: There is a trail system that is accessible from the parking area within the preserve. Several of the trails were used by the Girl Scouts when the property was an active camp. Hunting is permitted at this preserve. Hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders or any other visitors to this preserve are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, annually.