Agricultural Management Assistance Program Grants

Do you own or manage farmland in Rhode Island?

Financial and Technical Assistance Available for Farmers!

Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) FY 2018 

NRCS Announces Sign Up for Conservation Programs in FY 2018

Deadline: June 15th, 2018

The financial and technical assistance is available to assist private land owners and managers in addressing farm, field, water, and/or plant management issues including:

  • Soil Erosion Control
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Water Wells
  • Seasonal High Tunnels

For more information, contact your local Conservation District or RI NRCS.

Southern RI Conservation District  Serving Kent and Washington Counties . Phone: (401) 500-0422

Natural Resources Conservation Service
60 Quaker Lane Suite 46, Warwick, RI 02886

Web site: www.ri.nrcs.usda.gov

E-mail: NRCSInfo@ri.usda.gov

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Planning Commission Meeting on Solar Ordinance

Let your voice be heard about this important topic!  The meeting is this Tuesday (April 10th) at NKHS at 7:30 pm.

http://www.northkingstown.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_04102018-1417

 

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Check out what we’ve been up to for the past year!

From our Membership Committee Chair: Click below to see our 2018 Annual Membership Letter

Membership Letter

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Join us for our Annual Meeting and a presentation on the Seals of R.I.!

Here is the Action Packed Agenda:

When:  March 14th

Where: North Kingstown Free Library

Business Meeting from 5:30 to 6:30.  During this time we will hear from our Land Preservation Coordinator on our efforts to build a footbridge in Mill Cove

Plenary Speaker:  Dr. Bob Kenney

Talk:  6:30-7:30 

Seals of Rhode Island

Of the three dozen species of marine mammals that might occur in Rhode Island waters, only harbor seals can really be considered as residents in our local waters. They begin arriving in Narragansett Bay in September, and stay around until May. There are consistent locations, from Block Island to Mount Hope Bay, where you can dependably find harbor seals—resting on a rocky ledge or undisturbed beach for a couple of hours on either side of low tide. This presentation will include information on the biology of harbor seals and on the locations around the Bay where they can be seen. You’ll also learn about the other three species of seals that might be encountered in Rhode Island and about how to observe seals without disturbing them.

Dr. Bob Kenney is a Marine Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, where he earned his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography in 1984. He also received a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University in 1978. His main research interests are in the ecology and conservation of marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds, and the major focus of his research has been the North Atlantic right whale, one of the world’s most endangered mammals. He has been a part-time faculty member at URI and at Cornell’s Shoals Marine Lab in Maine, and serves on several national, regional, and state advisory committees and non-profit boards.

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Exciting News! And we need your Help!

LCNK has received at grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to create plans to build a foot bridge at Mill Cove that would connect our Bush Hill property to Wilson Park.  From the press release:

The Land Conservancy of North Kingstown received $10,000 to restore a historic walking path in Wickford Village. The path traverses the Lower Mill Cove salt marsh, connecting Wilson Park, the town boat launch and nearby neighborhoods with the Conservancy’s Bush Hill Preserve and historic Wickford Village. The grant will support the initial engineering studies, permitting and fundraising needed to stabilize the eroded banks of a circa 1700s causeway, install a footbridge, clear trails and add signage.

“A culvert in the earthen causeway built in the 1700s by farmers to connect their pastures and woods collapsed about 20 years ago, severing this tie among the community. Our work will once again make this historic pathway accessible for all to use and enjoy,” said Gidget Loomis, project co-leader.”

Please help us by making an end-of-year cash contribution to make this project a reality!  Donate HERE

 

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Interested in walking our Bush Hill property?

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LCNK Property Monitoring

It is that time again, when we go out and visit all of all the properties that the LCNK owns or holds a conservation easement on.  We have wetlands and uplands and working farms.   If you would like to come out with us, we would love to have you.

The purpose of these “monitoring” visits is to observe the condition of the parcels, with an eye toward encroachments, management issues, conservation easement violations, etc. We try to get to all of our parcels once a year.  Most visits last an hour to a few hours.  We usually go out once a week or so during the months of May and June.  You can come out one week, or come out onto a number of properties.

If you would like to come out with us, please let me know.  Once we know who is interested, we will get in touch with you to try and figure out when to go.

Thanks,

Walter Berry
Stewardship Chair, LCNK
Cell Phone: 401-932-9591

E-mail: Walter_berry@cox.net

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Guided Trail Walk of Historical Bush Hill Property, Wickford, RI

On Saturday, October 13, 2 p.m., at the Bush Hill Nature Reserve in Wickford, RI, the Land Conservancy of North Kingstown (LCNK) will hold a guided historical trail walk to highlight one of the special places in our community that is protected and open to the public. Led by local historian Tim Cranston, the guided walk will explore the valuable natural habitat of the Bush Hill Nature Reserve while recounting the historical signficance of this parcel to the community.

For more information go to: Bush Hill Walk

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Stakeholder meeting for route 2 and 102 intersection

There will be a stakeholder meeting for the proposed route 2 and 102 intersection visioning process.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 23, at 5:30 pm at the North Kingstown Senior Center.  

For more information go to:

http://www.northkingstown.org/visioning-process-routes-2-and-102

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Rome Point: Guided Walk of its History and Habitats

LCNK will be celebrating Land Trust Days this September by hosting a nature walk at Rome Point featuring tales of the history of the property from local historian Tim Cranston.  Click on the link in “Upcoming Events” for more information.

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