Clean-up day planned at Revive the Roots

Clean-up day planned at Revive the Roots

SMITHFIELD – Celebrating 10 years at Mary Mowry Commons, the nonprofit organization Revive the Roots has announced partnerships with the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council that will bring educational materials along the Mowry House trails.

Hannah Purcell, of Revive the Roots, said that and many other programs are shaping up for this summer to make it a very successful season for outdoor volunteerism and partnerships.

Revive the Roots is teaming up with the WRWC for a clean-up day on April 20 where members will clean up the trails, river and farm on Farnum Pike near Old Forge Road and launch a new sign program identifying the trail’s significance to the Woonasquatucket Watershed.

“We’re at the very top of a water network that goes through and past Providence and out into the ocean,” Purcell said of the various waterways in Smithfield.

At the trails behind the Mowry House, known as the Mowry Commons, Purcell said a glacial feature creates a great vantage point to overlook the Stump Pond/Stillwater Reservoir.

“It’s really beautiful feature that not many people know about,” she said.

Across the street is the Mowry Conservation area, where there are hiking trails maintained by the Smithfield Land Trust.

The signs will be similar to the Jewels of Smithfield ones posted last year with the town in collaboration with the WRWC, Purcell said. She said the goal is to educate Smithfield residents on the importance of Smithfield and other northern Rhode Island towns that have significant watershed areas.

“It connects the picture of the whole watershed, not just in Providence,” she said.

Volunteers are invited to help with clean-up and walk the trails. The clean-up is the first checkpoint for several projects planned this summer.

Every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted on Revive the Roots’ website, residents are invited to volunteer on various projects across the farm. Projects include farming, landscaping and small maintenance jobs.

“It’s the time of the year to go out and appreciate nature,” Purcell said.

She said the annual plant sale will still be held this year, using online, in-person and hybrid options for ordering plants and scheduling pick-ups. After the success of the Halloween story walk, where storyboards were placed along hiking trails, Revive the Roots hopes to hold more public story walks this summer.

“We’ve been really busy and are happy to show and share what we’ve accomplished,” Purcell said.

Visit www.revivetheroots.org for more.