Canonchet Farm Habitat Restoration

39 Boston Neck Road | Narragansett, RI 02882

Project Leaders: Rosemary Smith and Alan Woodmansee

This habitat restoration project is under a Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) permit. The Friends of Canonchet Farm, in cooperation with the Town of Narragansett, is removing invasive vegetation such as Japanese knotweed, Oriental bittersweet, Black Swallow-wort, European honeysuckle, Multi Flora Rosa, Privet, Porcelain Berry, wild grape and Bull Briar from the area around Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond on Boston Neck Road across from Narragansett Town Beach and along the walking trails in Canonchet Farm. In addition, the Friends of Canonchet Farm is restoring habitat with Rhody Natives.

Work is scheduled for twice a month around the ponds from April through September and along the walking trails October through March. Volunteers are notified by email of upcoming work dates. Email Kathie Kelleher atfriendscanonchet@aol.com to be placed on the volunteer notification list. More information about the project is available at Canonchet.org web site.

Tools are provided by the Friends of Canonchet Farm. Each work session includes training by a CRMC Certified Invasive Plant Manager on the identification of the plants to be removed that day, best practices in removing the invasive plants, maintenance of the pond and trail edges, and training on safety procedures for working in areas with poison ivy and deer ticks. There are jobs for all levels of ability as support staff and ground crew. Master Gardeners work alongside volunteers from the community.

The goals of the Canonchet Farm Habitat Restoration Project are:
1. Restore public access to the lake area and walking trails for a greater use of the environment;
2. Improve the habitat for wildlife;
3. Build public awareness of the invasive plant problem and demonstrate effective ways of combating this state-wide problem.
Click the link to a YouTube video about the project
Titled: The Friends of the Canonchet Farm: Lake Canonchet Habitat Restoration
Link: http://youtu.be/2OQHUIBpWy0

Events:

  • Saturday, April 8, 9 AM to 1 PM:  Habitat Restoration at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond.  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 Route 1A from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion.
  • Saturday, April 15, 9 AM to 1 PM:  Removing invasive plants from the edges of the main trail through Canonchet Farm.  Tools, snacks, drinks, instruction, lunch (weather permitting) and the best gloves you will ever use provided.  Meet at the FOCF trailer at South County Museum, end of Strathmore Street, off of Kingstown Road, Narragansett.
  • Saturday April 22, 9 AM to 1 PM:  Habitat Restoration at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond.  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 Route 1A from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion.
  • Saturday, April 22 1 to 3 PM:  Guided Walk – What could be a better thing to do to celebrate Earth Day than to visit the Earth?  Or at least what little bit of it you can in two hours.  On foot.  At a slow pace.  Join local naturalist Bob Kenney for an exploration of the Canonchet Farm trails on a warm, sunny afternoon (we can hope).  The plants will be coming back to life after sleeping away the winter, the early spring wild flowers will be blooming, the migratory song birds will be returning, and some of the frogs and salamanders will have already finished the year’s breeding.  The plan is to have no plan – to just walk the trails and see what we find.  Dress appropriately for the weather, and expect some wet walking.  Meet  “Dr. Bob”  in the Anne Hoxsie Lane parking lot directly across Route 1A from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion.
  • Saturday, April 29, 9 AM to 1 PM:  Removing invasive plants from the edges of the main trail through Canonchet Farm.  Tools, snacks, drinks, instruction, lunch (weather permitting) and the best gloves you will ever use provided.  Meet at the FOCF trailer at South County Museum, end of Strathmore Street, off of Kingstown Road, Narragansett.
  • Friday, May 5, 9AM to 1 PM:  Habitat Restoration at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond.  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 Route 1A from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion.
  • Tuesday, May 9, 9-11 AM:  Audubon Society naturalist Laura Carbery returns to Canonchet Farm for a walk titled “Birds and More.”  One of our favorite presenters, Laura leads bird walks and workshops throughout Rhode Island.  But, what does “and more” mean?  Join us to find out.  Meet in the Anne Hoxsie Lane parking lot directly across Route 1A from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion.
  • Saturday May 13, 10 AM to 2 PM:  A Day at the Museum.  South County Museum, that is. We are teaming with the museum to sponsor three programs linked to items in the museum’s collection. This program will be similar to the mix of activities in our Stories in Stone program in 2013. Here is what is planned so far:
    • 10 AM Geologist Beth Laliberte will guide us on a walk on the new Geology Trail.
    • 11 AM Archaeologist Jay Waller will give a talk at the Robinson Family Cemetery on museum property.
    • 1:00 PM Local historian Richard Vangermeersch will seek evidence of Governor William Sprague in the museum and on the grounds.

    Bring a lunch to enjoy on the Museum’s picnic tables and stay the day.

  • Saturday, May 20, 9 AM to 1 PM:  Habitat Restoration at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond.  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 Route 1A from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion.