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Wildlife and Habitats
Habitat Restoration at Canonchet Farm
May 30, 2017
Tuesday Evening Work Sessions
Start June 6
In seven scheduled work sessions on Tuesday evenings, we will be clearing invasive vegetation from the edge of Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond and promoting the re-growth of native species in this wonderfully diverse habitat. New and returning volunteers are always welcome. We meet at the end of Anne Hoxsie Lane across Boston Neck Road from the Narragansett Town Beach at 4:00 p.m. and work until about 7:00, when we enjoy some pizza and other refreshments. We provide gloves, tools, instructions and plenty of encouragement. The work dates are:
June 6, June 20 and June 27
July 11 and July 25
August 8 and August 22
The Tuesday works session run from 4:00 to 7:00. Parking is available in the West Parking Lot on Anne Hoxsie Lane. Stop at the Friends of Canonchet tent for a parking pass.
Note: A great deal of progress was made last season with suppression of the phragmites at Lake Canonchet and we are now removing the dead plants from the water's edge. Please bring waterproof boots or shoes if you want to join in that task. If not, there are plenty of dry feet jobs to be done.
Starting in September, the work sessions will be on Saturday mornings.
March 23, 2017
Volunteers Needed for a Busy April
Trail maintenance work continues this Saturday and two work sessions are scheduled for April as we ramp up another season of the habitat restoration project at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond:
Help Remove Invasive Plants along the
Canonchet Farm Trail
With three work sessions in April, we will continue to remove invasive plants from the edges of the main trail through Canonchet Farm, and welcome new volunteers. We provide tools, snacks, drinks, instruction, lunch (weather permitting) and the best gloves you will ever use. Meet at the Friends of Canonchet Farm trailer at South County Museum, at the end of Strathmore Street, off Kingstown Road, Narragansett.
Back to Work at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond
April 8 is Opening Day for the sixth season of habitat restoration along the two coastal pond across the street from the Narragansett Town Beach, Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond. And it's the first of four work sessions we have scheduled for April and May. We will be clearing debris from winter storm damage, checking for emergent knotweed and other invasive plants (the invasives always show up early) and maintaining the progress we have made along the two ponds. Volunteers old and new are always welcome. As always, Friends of Canonchet Farm provides tools, snacks, drinks, instruction, lunch (weather permitting) and the best gloves you will ever use provided. Meet in the Anne Hoxsie Lane parking lot directly across Boston Neck Road (Scenic 1A) from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion.
A quick look at the numbers
In the five years since the Friends of Canonchet began removal of invasive vegetation from edge of Lake Canonchet, volunteers, including Friends of Canonchet Farm members and URI Master Gardeners, have put in an astounding 4,286 hours removing invasives, clearing storm damage and planting Rhody Natives. Here’s a year-by-year tally of the hours:
2012: 934 hours with 110 volunteers. The total includes cleanup after Superstorm Sandy.
2013: 837 hours from 83 individuals
2014: 1,308 hours from 83 different people when we expanded the work area to include the edge of Little Neck Pond
2015: 709 hours from 45 people in the year we cut back to an every-other-week schedule as less was required to maintain the progress along Lake Canonchet.
2016: 498 hours 34 people
Many thanks to all the volunteers!
January 25, 2017
Maintaining the Canonchet Farm Trail, Volunteers Welcome
Work continues along the Canonchet Farm Trail every Saturday morning throughout the winter, with volunteers removing invasive species and improving the safety and usability of the trail.
The trail work sessions are scheduled for every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the winter and are cancelled when the weather is prohibitive. Volunteers meet at the South County Museum parking lot, 115 Strathmore Street, Narragansett for sign-in, instruction, and tool distribution.
Please email Kathie Kelleher at email@example.com or call 401-783-3951 if you are interested in volunteering.
November 19, 2016
Today, fourteen volunteers cleared privet and other invasive plants from the along the east end of the Canonchet Farm Trail. Privet was imported from England because of its ability to quickly establish a hedge. However, when left unchecked, this thorny shrub out-competes natives and quickly overtakes large areas. The volunteers uprooted the privet using "weed wrenches," shovels and their gloved hands. Click each thumbnail to see a larger photo.
October 20, 2016
Canonchet Farm Trail Maintenance and Improvement