This event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 3, at 11:00 a.m.
Please join us for a guided tour of Oakland Forest and the induction ceremony of ALT-conserved Oakland Forest into the Old-Growth Network, the first forest in Rhode Island to be awarded this distinction. Oakland Forest includes a regionally ecologically unique old-growth American beech forest, with trees estimated to be between 200 and 300 years based on tree coring done in 2000. It was conserved by ALT with the support of the community in 2000. In addition to beech, the forest includes old growth tree forms of other species including white oak and red maple. ALT will receive this award from the Old-Growth Forest Network (OGFN), an organization that works to connect people with nature by creating a national network of protected, mature, publicly accessible, native forests.
Following the 5-minute dedication, we will enjoy a half-mile walk of the meadow and forest led by local forester Matt Largess and ALT staff, where we will learn about the 300-year old trees on site, the ecology at Oakland Forest, and the history of the land.
There is a small parking area at the end of Carriage Drive, as well as street parking.