Land Trust to host ‘Conservation Conversations’ Feb. 23


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.”

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  1. Good luck Burrillville Land Trust & thank you to Paul Roselli for his tireless work on preserving Burrillville’s tranquil environment. We take the open spaces we are all afforded so much for granted and it is the great work of people like him that make our open spaces stay open. We all need to pitch in and contribute to save this wonderful piece of 150-acre property abutting the RIDEM Black Hut Management Area. This contiguous stretch of open space of nearly 475-acres of State lands bounded by Spring Lake Road, Broncos Highway, East Ave and Black Hut Road deserve the addition of this 150-acre land to keep open space fragmentation in check, preserve the rural landscape of Burrillville and forever protect our most natrual resoures; the ecology that relies upon this landscape for survival.

    Do your part, donate and pitch in to help. It’ll end up like the southwest corner of East Ave & Broncos Highway if we wait too much longer; a barron waste of stripped trees, pulled stumps and what will soon be erosion bound pollution; both by water & wind. Reach out and help…donate!

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