2007-11-29 / News

Long awaited Trail Guide now on sale

By Dotti Farrington

The Conservation Commission's Conanicut Island Trail Guide, more than a year in the making, is finally on sales racks about town, in time to be ballyhooed as valued-packed $1 (nontaxed) holiday gifts for Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa.

Commissioners at their Nov. 20 meeting displayed "stocking stuffer" racks being featured at Town Hall, as well as such popular locations as Slice Of Heaven, East Ferry Deli, Jamestown Hardware, Baker's Pharmacy and Grapes and Gourmet. Those who do not find racks, find low supplies, or want multiple copies may write to the commission at PO Box 377, Jamestown, R.I. 02835.

The guide was produced with a grant that enabled the collection of data, maps, photos and graphics for the brochure-styled publication and printing of 3,000 copies. The guide of nine trails on the island promises great "walks on the wild side," but others said the range of experiences at the nine locations reflects more serene opportunities for observing the wonders of nature.

The trails boast a combination of panoramic vistas or scenic views, wildlife observation opportunities, coastal features, diverse habitats, and other subjects for nature study, in addition to good exercise through walking or jogging individual or connecting trails.

Maps within the guide were generated from points calculated from a global positioning system (GPS) and plotted with global information system (GIS) software. The maps of trails on state properties, Fort Wetherill and Beavertail Parks, were reviewed by DEM for coordination with their data about markings.

The guide is the explorer's road-map to high adventure at the local level through walking or jogging, the system of trails.

The publication was printed, after review of quotes and options, by Island News Enterprises / Jamestown Press. It was created with funding from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's Trails Improvement Program.

The guide is intended for wide distribution among environmentalists and hikers here and elsewhere. It serves the interests and expedition dreams of residents and visitors, from scouts and other youths to adults of all ages.

It is being offered by local conservationists to encourage appreciation of the importance of preserving the natural treasures of the island.

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