• The Slater Mill (yellow) and Wilkinson Mill (stone), along the Blacktone River in Pawtucket RI

    Blackstone River Valley

    National Heritage Corridor MA,RI

Blackstone Valley Natural Resources

Blackstone Canal in Lincoln, RI just north of the Kelly House

Blackstone Canal, Lincoln RI

Natural Resources in the Blackstone River Valley

In 1998, the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor prepared a Natural Resources Inventory and Assessment that provides an overview and selective description of the natural significance of the National Heritage Corridor. The analysis identifies a rich array of most important sites and leads to specific recommendations for action in the Corridor.

 

The purpose of the Inventory was three-fold:

  • to reveal the natural features and systems of the Corridor which contribute to the understanding of national cultural landscape values;
  • to recommend strategies for protection, restoration, management, or acquisition;
  • and to provide a framework for local and regional decision-making.

By better understanding the role of natural resources in our history, in our present environment and in our daily well-being, we as individuals and communities will make better decisions for the future.

 

Please click here for a copy of the Natural Resources Inventory Map.
(PDF: 3.55MB / 1 page)

To find out more about the natural environment of the Corridor as described in our Natural Resources Inventory, you can download excerpts from the Inventory by clicking below.

Natural Resources Inventory and Assessment: Inventory
(PDF: 199KB / 16 pages)

Natural Resources Inventory and Assessment: Listing of Valley Sites
(PDF: 2,059KB / 32 pages)

Natural Resources Inventory and Assessment: Regional Impacts
(PDF: 1,006KB / 11 pages)

Natural Resources Inventory and Assessment: Recommendations
(PDF: 121KB / 14 pages)

Natural Resources Inventory and Assessment: Listed Species
(PDF: 134KB / 8 pages)

Did You Know?

Hand colored drawing of barge on Blackstone Canal in Millbury

The top speed on the Blackstone Canal was 3 mph? The canal barges, pulled by a team of two horses, usually took two days to make the 44 mile journey from Providence, RI to Worcester, MA.