Smith Property

In December 2012, with the support of the West Greenwich Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy acquired a 45-acre parcel on Hudson Pond Road in West Greenwich, abutting a 79-acre tract of the Tillinghast Pond Management Area.

The West Greenwich Land Trust assisted with the cost of the land survey and other transaction expenses, filling a critical fundraising gap. Federal and state partners provided the remaining funds. DEM holds a conservation easement over the property, providing additional legal protection.

The property contains a mix of oak and pine forest, with Kelley Brook – a tributary stream of the Wood River – passing through for a quarter of a mile along Hudson Pond Road. A 5-acre clearing at the south end of the property provides good habitat for American Woodcocks and other birds of open fields, whose numbers have declined sharply in recent years.

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