PROVIDENCE — The historic floods of 2010 is a vivid memory for many Rhode Islanders. The natural disaster was unlike the hurricanes or other powerful weather events the region is accustomed. Instead, it was the culmination of 20 inches of rain in 38 days.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently finalized the creation of the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge, which, according to the federal agency, is dedicated to conserving and managing shrubland and young forests for wildlife in New England and eastern New York.
National retailers are welcomed with great fanfare, but those who trumpeted their arrival go into hiding when these super stores are abandoned and their fields of concrete left to inundate local waters with polluted stormwater runoff.
The 2008 forest survey of Rhode Island reported a total of 348,400 acres of forest in the state — a reduction of more than 11 percent from the 393,000 acres reported in 1998, according to the 2015 Rhode Island Wildlife Action Plan. The past eight years haven’t been any kinder to the state’s collection of forests.
PROVIDENCE — Margaret Lewis had an old, drafty window in the attic of her Sheldon Street home. The window was rotted around the edges and the wall and floor under the window were water damaged.
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s elected representatives didn’t even flinch when, right before the 2016 session ended, they OK’d putting a bond to expand the Port of Providence, which included the possibility of using taxpayer money to fill in 31 acres of Narragansett Bay, on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Recently, through a partnership between the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Connecticut Farmland Trust and the Department of Agriculture, a conservation easement has been placed on Cherry Tree Farm, saving the land from future development.
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — Bill Eccleston grew up here, spending his childhood fishing, hiking, camping and learning to hunt. He still snowshoes here in the winter, and today, just as he did as a kid, he marvels at the area’s collection of towering pines, amazing network of brooks and steams, and fabulous freshwater recreational opportunities.
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — Largely forgotten amongst all the talk about jobs, noise, taxes, pollution and terrorism is the impact the proposed natural-gas power plant would have on an ecosystem that is quickly fading from the Rhode Island landscape: contiguous forest.
JOHNSTON, R.I. — Plans for the Citizens Bank corporate campus, on forested private property, are moving ahead quickly, just as lawmakers promised. In the span of three months, the project has been lauded by the governor and mayor, been given a tax deal by the Town Council and received preliminary approval from the Planning Board.
PROVIDENCE — If the developer has his way, two historic buildings on Dean Street, between Federal Street and Broadway, will be knocked down and replaced with a 53-space parking lot.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Stakeholders recently gathered with staff from the National Park Service at Old Slater Mill to discuss future plans for the year-old Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. The federal agency is undergoing a years-long process of converting the park's eight geographically dispersed sites into one operational park.
The Ocean State’s collection of natural resources is frequently called “special.” Rhode Island can’t talk about the greatness of local food enough. But many of the state’s collective actions work against the very commodities we enjoy praising.
PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will soon advertise for a contractor to build a new pedestrian bridge in the footprint of the former I-195 highway corridor to connect the city’s East and West sides.