NAFSE Field Trip – Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 08:30 to 16:00

Hold your spot today!

Location: Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI

Established in 1970, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge consists of 858 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats including grasslands, shrub lands, wooded swamps and freshwater ponds. 

Working agenda for our time there on this field trip:

8:30: Optional group breakfast at Hungry Haven Restaurant (pay as you go)
9:30: Registration, meet & greet, check out exhibits. Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge
10:00: Welcome, introductions
10:10: Presentations

  • Overview of Refuge system 
  • USFWS Forest Inventory program 
  • Regional perspective on science-based fire management for Region 5 
  • Fire history in Rhode Island
  • State lands management 
  • Overview of pitch pine forest & shrubland management at Ninigret 
  • Site overview - field trip stops 
  • Q&A, discussion

11:45: Bag lunch time (BYO, or optional pizza order)
12:30: Head to field
12:45: Lewis Tract - pitch pine forest 

  • Stop 1- Unmanaged site (no treatment)
  • Stop 2 - WUI/neighbors 
  • Stop 3 - Spring 2018 burn - 19 ac (thin & burn)
  • Stop 4 - Managed site (thinning) 

2:15: to Salt Pond Unit via Kettle Pond Visitor Center for vehicle pickup
2:30: Salt Pond Unit 

  • Walk to junction of Grassy Point & Cross Refuge Trail
  • Rare plant site, 0.5 ac burned every 3 yrs. 
  • Shrubland habitat burned to promote regeneration
  • Invasives controls

3:45: Wrap-up (in-field)
4:00: Adjourn, or optional visit to New England cottontail Pen until approximately 4:45

Suggested lodging (on your own) if you need it: La Quinta Inn & Suites Stonington - Mystic Area, Pawcatuck