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A walk in the woods
By Connie Grosch / October 10, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

A raven croaks from the treeline at the edge of the Audubon Society’s 28-acre Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge in Bristol. Flanked on either side by housing developments, the land slopes down from historic Hope Street to the Warren River near Jacob’s Point. There’s even a boardwalk that winds through fresh and saltwater marshes to the water. On the day we visited, the view was magnificent.

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The site is among 15 wildlife refuges in Audubon’s portfolio. To strengthen protections for them and nearly 10,000 more acres of Audubon land across Rhode Island, we awarded the nonprofit a $45,000 grant. Preserving land is a natural for us. It protects the environment, offers stunning places for the community to hike, and keeps the Bay and vital aquifers clean.

“Our history of land protection dates back more than 90 years. Today we are Rhode Island’s largest independent land trust. Now we can create management plans for all of nearly 10,000 acre property and conservation easements and continue to train volunteer property monitors in our effort to win national accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance,” says Audubon’s Executive Director Larry Taft.

 

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