Conservation Commission

The East Providence Conservation Commission is a very active volunteer commission of 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
  • Jim Boyd, Secretary
  • John Burridge
  • Cheryl Vieira
  • Carissa Lord
  • Greg Burnett
  • Wayne Barnes, City Liaison

2016 Annual Report


Turner Reservoir Loop Trail: The Newman Avenue bridge over the Ten Mile River (Turner Reservoir/Central Pond) is in the process of being rebuilt. 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 April 22nd. Thank you to our volunteers, the Narragansett Bay Commission, and the East Providence DPW Recycling Division for your assistance!

National Trails Day: Commission members and friends performed improvements along a portion of the Hunts Mills trail (photo below) as part of National Trails Day activities on June 3rd.


Trail Maintenance: The Commission monitors our trail systems for any fallen branches over the year 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, November 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm at City Hall, Room A.

Hunts Mills Trail Hikes: Guided hikes 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 monthly opening of the historic John Hunt House. Co-hosted by the Providence County Hiking Club, the East Providence Historical Society and the Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor. The next Hunts Mills Sunday hikes will be on November 12th, and if possible December 10, 2017.

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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