Francis Carter Preserve Expands
At the end of 2014 the Rhode Island Office of The Nature Conservancy acquired 271 acres of land in Charlestown and Richmond, increasing the size of the Francis Carter Preserve to a total of 1,112 acres. 191 acres of the new purchase are in Charlestown. Together with the existing area of 841 acres in Charlestown, this brings the total land area of the Carter Preserve in Charlestown to 1,032 acres. Wildlife and hikers of course don’t care about municipal boundaries and will use the entire park.
This project was entirely funded by The Champlin Foundations. The acquisition of the property conserves nearly one mile of the Pawcatuck River, and will allow The Nature Conservancy to restore more than 20 acres of grassland habitat for bobolinks and other songbirds. The Conservancy will work with volunteers to extend the hiking trail system onto the property later this year.
The Nature Conservancy has a planned group hike of the Francis Carter Preserve on January 31. Details in our events calendar.