Help clear invasive plants, maintain the deer fences, and monitor the tree and herbaceous plant growth. Learn the impact of deer by seeing what the forest would look like without them. Refreshments and socializing with fellow naturalists. Recommended for people involved in land trusts stewarding forest tracts.
By area, Rhode Island is over half forest. But the health of Rhode Island’s forests have been impaired by numerous factors for so long that most of us don’t even know what a healthy forest looks like anymore. The effects of atmospheric changes, the overpopulation of deer, and invasive species are so pervasive that you can only appreciate their effects in a handful of places where they are carefully and laboriously eliminated.
Over the past 10 years, RINHS has conducted several tree health and forest health studies in forests at URI’s Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich. Tour the sites, help maintain them, learn what can be done for healthy trees and forests throughout Rhode Island.Meet at the Nettie Jones Nature Preserve on the Alton Jones Campus at 2 p.m. Light refreshments. Hand tools provided. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves.
$5 RINHS members and members of land trusts with RINHS organizational memberships
free for age 16 and under
Supported by RINHS members and by the Helen Walker Raleigh Tree Fund of the Rhode Island Foundation.