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.

Members

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

2016 Annual Report

News:

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 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.

 

Rumford Rifle Range Remediation: The RI Army National Guard and US Army Corps of Engineers are investigating the former Rifle Range in the area of the Ten Mile Greenway north of the Kimberly Rock Fields and up to the Pawtucket line for "surface and subsurface munitions" that may be left over from its operational days in the first half of the 20th century. The bulk of the work is complete; small crews will fill in some gaps in the area surveys and do groundwater testing over the summer. If you need any information on this project, please contact Cynthia Gianfrancesco at the RI Army National Guard at 401-275-4087.

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, September 19, 2017, 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 September 10, 2017 and October 8, 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.

https://trailsandwalksri.wordpress.com/category/east-providence-ri/ 

Additional Links

Contact Information

Wayne Barnes, Senior Planner
Wbarnes@cityofeastprov.com

Phone: (401) 435-7531  Ext.11151

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