Resources

Land Stewardship: Online Library

This is the first place to look for information on all aspects of land conservation including:

This online library is on the RI Land & Water Conservation Partnership website. The Land & Water Partnership is a collaboration of RI Land Trust Council with Narragansett Bay Program. The online library was developed and funded as a project of the RI Conservation Stewardship Collaborative.

RI Department of Environment (RIDEM) - Division of Planning & Development

RIDEM has several grant programs for land conservation and trail development:

The RIDEM Grants Program website has details for all of these grants including:

RIDEM - Division of Agriculture

RIDEM provides staff for the RI Agricultural Land Preservation Commission which manages the state's Farmland Protection Program.

The RIDEM - Division of Agriculture website has the statute and rules of the Agricultural Land Preservation Commission and applications for protecting farmland through the state program.

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) - NRCS offers easement programs to eligible landowners to conserve working agricultural lands, wetlands, grasslands and forestlands. The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) is a new program under the 2014 Farm Bill that consolidates three former programs – the Wetlands Reserve Program, Grassland Reserve Program and Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program. ACEP provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits.

Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) - NRCS can provide conservation planning and financial and technical assistance to non-profit land trusts, other organizations and individuals that own farmland or forestland to help prevent soil erosion, enhance woodlands, control invasive plant species, improve water quality, and address other resource concerns. Funds are available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year.

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) - NRCS can provide Federal funding to assist forest land owners with forestland planning and management under the New England - New York Forestry Initiative. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year.

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) - Provides financial and technical assistance to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Some popular enhancements used by the CSP in Rhode Island include:

 

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