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. (For more detail on Commission duties, see Section 2.100 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of East Providence).
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
2017 Conservation Commission Annual Report
Turner Reservoir Loop Trail: The Newman Avenue bridge over the Ten Mile River (Turner Reservoir/Central Pond), which is part of the loop trail, has been re-opened. There is still some additional work to finish off this project during the first half of 2018, so it remains a good idea to drive by this location and check how walkable it is before embarking on the complete loop.
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 major obstructions or potentially dangerous "leaners", or fallen trees that hang over trails. In November, the Commission performed trail inspection and clearing at Willett Pond.
Wildlife Protection Information Sheet (two pages) from RIDEM's RI Wildlife Action Plan:
15 Small Things that Make a Big Difference for Wildlife
Next Commission Meeting: Tuesday, MarchHunts Mills Historic Area, stepping off promptly at 1:30 pm on the second Sunday of every month from March through December weather permiiting, coincident with the monthly opening of the historic John Hunt House. The first hike for 2018 will resume on Sunday, March 11th.
Earth Day 2018: The Commission plans to do its annual beach and property clean-up at the Boyden Heights Conservation Area on the morning of Saturday, April 22. Check back for more information as we get closer to the date.
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.
Rhode Island General Laws 1956 - [Sec. 45-35-2]
Chapter 2-96 et siq. Chapter 314 adopted February 15, 1982
Members - Member of City Council - selected by Council will be rotating assignment per vote of Council 3-6-89; Planning Director or his authorized representative; seven (7) qualified electors appointed by Mayor subject to confirmation by City Council
Terms- 3 YEARS - Expiring January 1st
MEMBERS, APPOINTED, REAPPOINTED, EXPIRES
James Boyd – Secretary 11/14/05 (Larisa) 03/15/16 (Britto) 01/01/19
15 Oriole Street (02916)
Keith Gonsalves – Chair 11/14/05 (Larisa) 3/7/17 (Faria) 1/1/20
2 Ramsay Street (02915)
John T. Burridge 07/15/08 (Ramos) 4/7/15 (Rogers) 01/16/18 (Briden) 1/1/21
190 Waterman Avenue (02914)
P.O. Box 14444 (02914)
Cheryl Vieira 3/1/16 (Conley) 1/1/19
17 Burton Avenue (02915)
Ernie Germani - Vice Chair 4/7/15 (Capobianco) 12/5/18 (Briden) 1/1/21
35 John Street (02914)
Carissa Lord 3/7/17 (Botelho) 1/1/20
11 Crawford Road (02914)
Greg Burnett 10/17/17 (Briden) 1/1/20
304 Wilson Avenue (02916)
Wayne Barnes - Planning Department - City Liaison
City Council Liaison- Not currently designated. Second monthly Council meeting is concurrent with monthly Commission meeting.
Wayne Barnes, Senior Planner
Phone: (401) 435-7531 Ext.11151
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