MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — If current development trends persist, 100 percent of the unprotected farmland, woods, and other open space on Aquidneck Island will be developed by 2050, according to a recent analysis.
COVENTRY, R.I. — A Rhode Island Superior Court judge recently validated the town’s denial of a ground-mounted solar-energy project off Route 117 and Carr’s Trail.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The transaction had been in the works for more than a year, but the South Kingstown Land Trust recently made the purchase official. It’s now the owner of 43 acres of woodlands on the south side of Worden’s Pond Road that once belonged to the Rhode Island Boy Scouts.
COVENTRY, R.I. — The Department of Planning & Development recently issued a cease-and-desist order to an unauthorized solar installation off Carr’s Trail.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has permanently protected 43 acres of forested land in Charlestown for public recreational access.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s controversial plan to build a visitors center near the banks of Browining Mill Pond remains on hold as the case slowly makes it way through the courts.
FOSTER, R.I. — During the past two-plus years, residents in Coventry, Cranston, Exeter, Glocester, Portsmouth, Richmond, and Tiverton, among other communities, have been debating the merits of siting renewable-energy projects on open space with the need to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels.
CRANSTON, R.I. — A proposed 29-acre, ground-mounted solar project would require the clear-cutting of nearly 30 acres.
PROVIDENCE — The city has launched an ambitious 20-year plan to transform one of its rivers into a park and a business, housing and multimode transportation corridor.
TIVERTON, R.I. — A giant American beech is among the many trees in a “special” forest on a farm destined to be transformed into an energy facility.
PROVIDENCE — The community cheered when historic buildings were saved from demolition, but lost in the celebration was the cost: an old-growth beech tree.
KINGSTON, R.I. — Corey Lang is on a mission to understand what value people place on non-market goods such as open space.
TIVERTON, R.I. — Julie Munafo’s family has owned Wingover Farm since 1970s, but a pending sale could lead to the destruction of more Rhode Island open space — another act in a growing pattern that sacrifices natural resources for energy production.
In our Aug. 28 e-newsletter, we asked our readers to envision what should go at the site of the long-shuttered Apex Building now that it's no longer being considered as the new home for the PawSox.