In October 2011, with the support of the West Greenwich Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy acquired a 76-acre parcel on Nipmuck Trail in
West Greenwich on the Connecticut border, expanding the area of protected forest around Tillinghast Pond to 1,986 acres.
The West Greenwich Land Trust supported the project with a $45,000 grant; federal and state partners provided the remaining
funds. DEM will hold a conservation easement over the property, providing additional legal protection.
The Nature Conservancy, along with the West Greenwich Land Trust, is grateful to the seller, Al Taylor, who sought to protect
the land in memory of his wife, Mary. The Taylors shared a deep appreciation for nature and were committed to saving the land from development.
The Flat River flows through the property for about a third of a mile before entering Bailey Pond. The floodplain forest is
unusually mature by Rhode Island standards and provides great habitat for wood ducks, scarlet tanagers and other migratory birds.