BURRILLVILLE – The Burrillville Land Trust has announced the start of Conservation Conversations – a way for the public to get in on the conversation about saving the “sense of place,” in the town of
“We can’t live without clean air, clean water,” said Land Trust President Paul Roselli. “As humans, we can’t live or even survive without the help from the forests, the streams, the bees and healthy soil. That is why we need the help of all those who live in our town to save as much land as possible.”
The land trust, an all volunteer organization, has saved more than 230 acres in Burrillville and members hope the conversations will lead to saving more.
Conservation Conversations will take place Thursday, Feb. 23 at George’s Pizza and Pub at 60 Pascoag Main St., from 6 to 8 p.m. The trust will purchase the pizza, and the cost for drinks or any other food items falls to attendees.
One of the items that will be discussed is the effort to save Sweet’s Hill, a 150 acre lot located off of East Avenue in Harrisville.
“Saving Sweet’s Hill is not easy,” said Roselli. “The land trust has been involved with the owner for nearly 13 years.”
“Long ago when we first heard that Sweet’s Hill was up for sale, we were shocked and concerned,” Roselli said. “How could anyone let this beautiful iconic property, with all that history, be turned into house lots?”
Conservation Conservations is an off-shoot of Green Drinks, also known as Thirsty-Third Thursdays. The Providence-based group met monthly to share ways to decrease dependence on fossil fuels, and to share what other environmental and energy groups were doing.The group had a base in Providence, but rarely did folks from the northern part of the state take part.
“Increasingly over the years, the impacts of negligence resulted in then Governor Gina Ramondo supporting a fracked gas power plant for the northwest corner of Rhode Island,” said Roselli. “Conservation Conversations is meant as a way to activate citizens awareness and action so this type of project never happens again. We want to make certain that everyone knows what is going on in town regarding the changes to the landscape.”