Conservation Commission

The East Providence Conservation Commission is a very active volunteer commission of up to nine City residents that is responsible for preserving and responsibly promoting awareness of the City's natural resources including its watersheds, rivers, wooded areas, shorefront, wetlands, and green spaces throughout the City. As needed or requested, the Commission makes recommendations to State Agencies, the East Providence City Council, the Planning Board, and various City Departments regarding proposed developments, donation of private land, and environmental issues.

The Conservation Commission meets in City Hall, 145 Taunton Avenue, in Conference Room A, at 6:30 PM on the third Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noticed. The public is always invited.


  • Keith Gonsalves, Chair
  • Ernie Germani, Vice Chair
  • James Boyd, Secretary
  • John Burridge
  • Cheryl Vieira
  • Carissa Lord
  • Wayne Barnes, City Liaison

2016 Annual Report


Turner Reservoir Loop Trail: The Newman Avenue bridge over the Ten Mile River (Turner Reservoir/Central Pond) will be completely rebuilt over the next year-plus. At times, the bridge will be closed or pedestrian access blocked, making it so that the loop can't always be completed. It is advised to drive by Newman Avenue at this location first before embarking on the loop trail. This will not affect any other segments of the trail.

Earth Day 2017: The Commission along with several enthusiastic community volunteers did a shoreline clean-up and planted a small butterfly garden at the Boyden Heights Conservation Area on Aprill 22. Thank you to our volunteers, the Narragansett Bay Commission, and the East Providence DPW Recycling Division for your assistance! 

Trail Maintenance: The Commission monitors our trail systems for any fallen branches from the winter and works with the City's Parks Division to clear any obstructions or potentially dangerous "leaners", or fallen trees that hang over trails.

Wildlife Protection Information Sheet (two pages) from RIDEM's RI Wildlife Action Plan:

15 Small Things that Make a Big Difference for Wildlife

Upcoming Events:

Next Commission Meeting : Tuesday April 19, 2017, 6:30 pm. East Providence City Hall Room A. 

Hunts Mills Trail Hikes: Guided hike at Hunts Mills Historic Area, stepping off at 1:30 pm on the second Sunday of every month from March through December (weather permitting), coincident with the John Hunt House being open. Co-hosted by the Providence County Hiking Club and the East Providence Historical Society. The next of these will be on Sunday, May 14th.

Turner Reservoir Hike: Friday, April 21, 9:00 am. School vacation week! They’ve been home all week? Need to get them outside? The Commission will be leading a 2 mile hike along the eastern side of the Turner Reservoir to the peninsula just south of Newman Avenue and back. This will be a relaxed paced hike good for all ages. We will stop occasionally to take photos and look at any birds that we may see. (Great Blue Herons have been seen here often the last few weeks). Be sure to wear bug spray and bring whatever snacks you may want. Parking available at the bus turnaround on Pleasant Street at the Seekonk line.

Earth Day 2017: Saturday, April 22. Clean-up at Boyden Heights Conservation Area, 9:00 am to 12 noon. We will be picking up trash and debris along the beach, trails, and the bike path. Gloves and bags will be supplied. Community service hours will be available for students. Park entrance is at the west end of Boyden Blvd.

National Trails Day 2017: Saturday, June 3. Trail work and routine area maintenance at Hunts Mills starting at 9:00 am.

Regional Conservation Area Link:

Commission member Ernie Germani maintains an award-winning Rhode Island area trail blog. The link below is to the East Providence section of this site. 

Additional Links

Contact Information

Wayne Barnes, Senior Planner

Phone: (401) 435-7531  Ext.11151

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