The location of the proposed Burrillville, R.I., fossil-fuel power plant is situated among some 16,000 acres of protected forestland in three states. The pink ribbon marks a boundary for the natural-gas power plant, and the X tarp is for aerial spotting. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

The location of the proposed Burrillville, R.I., fossil-fuel power plant is situated among some 16,000 acres of protected forestland in three states. The pink ribbon marks a boundary for the natural-gas power plant, and the X tarp is for aerial spotting. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — As one of the most highly-valued land-based ecosystems in Rhode Island — it easily could be argued that the state’s northwest corner is second in importance to only the Arcadia area — many project opponents are surprised local and state government and influential environmental nonprofits haven’t done more to fight for the integrity of the town's rural character.

Commission Recommends Slower Traffic, More Bike Lanes, Less Parking

A Providence gentlemen's club blocks the Allens Avenue bike lane with its valet parking sign and cones, despite a clear stencil marking the lane. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

A Providence gentlemen's club blocks the Allens Avenue bike lane with its valet parking sign and cones, despite a clear stencil marking the lane. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has developed preliminary plans for the restriping of Allens Avenue from Blackstone Street to New York Avenue. This stretch of road is mostly industrial, but is considered a key bike corridor that links Johnson & Wales University’s downtown and bay campuses.


New Power Plant Could Prevent R.I. Climate Goals

KINGSTON, R.I. — Climate change took center stage at the first of several public meetings designed to examine the claims made by the builders of the proposed Burrillville natural-gas power plant.


Shark Researcher Worries Research Subjects Could be Caught

KINGSTON, R.I. — It’s the peak of shark fishing season, when hundreds of fishermen enter tournaments throughout southern New England and Long Island to catch the biggest shark. It has Bradley Wetherbee worried.

DEM's request for missing information suggests that the project’s developer is guilty of omitting environmental assessments for projects that take place while the power plant is built. (Invenergy)

DEM's request for missing information suggests that the project’s developer is guilty of omitting environmental assessments for projects that take place while the power plant is built. (Invenergy)

Buzzards Bay recreational fishermen may soon have access to improved scallop, oyster and quahog populations for recreational harvests, thanks to settlement funding being used by the state of Massachusetts and The Nature Conservancy. (©Lauren Owens)

Buzzards Bay recreational fishermen may soon have access to improved scallop, oyster and quahog populations for recreational harvests, thanks to settlement funding being used by the state of Massachusetts and The Nature Conservancy. (©Lauren Owens)

Saltmarsh sparrows have been declining at a rate of about 9 percent annually since the late 1990s. (Audubon Society)

Saltmarsh sparrows have been declining at a rate of about 9 percent annually since the late 1990s. (Audubon Society)


Headwaters Protection Key to Keeping Narragansett Bay Healthy

PROVIDENCE — The health of Narragansett Bay is influenced by the freshwater rivers that flow into it, and depends on the protection of headwater streams in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.


Updated Report Examines R.I.’s Local Food Needs

PROVIDENCE — The “Rhode Island Food Assessment: 2011-2016 and Beyond" reviews the current food landscape in Rhode Island, highlighting significant growth in local agriculture since the council’s 2011 assessment and citing the need to focus on food security and other gaps to increase the state’s economic vitality.