PROVIDENCE — The Trust for Public Land and a coalition of local partners, including the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, have teamed up to transform a vacant brownfield along the Woonasquatucket River into a “climate-smart” adventure park.
The Massachusetts towns of Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester, working in partnership with the Buzzards Bay Coalition, permanently protected from development 1,468 acres of forests and wetlands in the Mattapoisett River valley between 2001 and 2016
A recent public forum held to discuss the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's proposal to build a welcome center and office space in the Arcadia Management Area didn’t change a lot of minds, especially those opposed to the project.
The towns of Exeter and Richmond have joined the opposition to a planned welcome center and office building in Rhode Island’s largest protected forest and recreation area.
NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. — A plan to build 18 condominiums on a 6.7-acre lot about a quarter-mile from the Scituate Reservoir in a town that relies on wells for drinking water provides a glimpse into the pressures being put on this natural resource by population growth, the relentless development of open space and a changing climate.
Despite being the second-most urbanized state, Rhode Island remains more than 50 percent forested. That fact is further obscured by the state’s 400 miles of well-renowned coastline.
LITTLE COMPTON, R.I. — The issue of accessory uses on farms and agricultural lands is being hotly debated in many Rhode Island communities, and at the Statehouse. In fact, accessory farm uses is a growing trend nationwide.
TIVERTON, R.I. — The late Lucinda Wilcox Peckham left a conservation easement on a historic 32-acre farm, according to The Nature Conservancy. The parcel is just west of the former Nonquit School on Puncatest Neck Road, near Tiverton Four Corners.
HOPKINTON, R.I. — Public and private development projects associated with the transportation industry threaten the local drinking-water supply and some 50 acres of forestland, according to opponents of both ideas.
COVENTRY, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, recently bought conservation protection for historic Broadwall Farm.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management recently awarded $1.3 million in matching grants. Nine projects, in six communities, received funding to clean up contaminated property and promote redevelopment, particularly along the state’s urban corridor.
Rhode Island’s splintered collection of land trusts and environmental organizations accomplish many things, but much of this important work is conducted in isolation. Intentionally or not, the state’s tangle of conservation projects are done in small groups. The collective voice of this movement is a whisper when Rhode Island needs a scream.
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.