Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District

Welcome to ERICD




The Rhode Island State Conservation Committee (RISCC) has received a $40,000.00 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation that will enable RISCC and Rhode Island's three Conservation Districts (Eastern, Northern and Southern) to continue fulfilling and sustaining their mission of conserving the land and natural resources of Rhode Island for the benefit of its people.

The work will include increasing development of programs with existing partners, as well as entering into partnerships with additional municipalities, educational institutions and federal and state agencies. The programs will be geared toward preserving the integrity and diversity of nature, while making certain any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. This will create a process by which both disciplines can  work together so that human systems are less susceptible to climate-related hazards.

"Every grant we make underscores our commitment to moving Rhode Island forward. We work closely with our donors and grantees to ensure there are the resources and the resourcefulness to achieve great impact," said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation's president and CEO. The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and the most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded $41.5 million in grants to organizations addressing the state's most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit www.rifoundation.org.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Portsmouth Public Library
2658 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871
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Winter moth is an invasive pest introduced into North America from Europe. With no natural enemies, the winter moth population is exploding. These caterpillars are devastating Rhode Island trees, including fruit trees and backyard ornamentals. Come learn more about this pest and what steps you can take  to protect your backyard trees, woodlots, and orchards, and reduce the extent of winter moth defoliation. Learn more by clicking here to view a WINTER MOTH presentation by HEATHER FAUBERT.



The Essence of the Conservation Districts
Conservation districts across the country have specialized in the reduction of non-point sources of pollution such as soil erosion, animal waste, pesticides and fertilizers, poorly operating septic systems, and household hazardous wastes since the dust bowl of the 1930's.

While the devastation of soil erosion by wind gave birth to the first Conservation Districts, agricultural impacts, increased development and urban sprawl have all challenged the Districts to take the lead in protecting natural resources through educating the public and providing technical assistance.

In Bristol & Newport Counties, the Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District works in partnership with private land owners, farmers, municipalities, state and federal agencies, as well as non-governmental agencies. ERICD is not a regulatory or enforcement agency, but rather provides assistance to those who desire to work as a team to face issues -- watershed by watershed.

Achieving farm designation may allow your land to be taxed at the value of its current usage, as opposed to its full development value. Look inside to learn more about the program and how you can start your application.

Proposed Updates to the 1989 Rhode Island Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook can be viewed on the RI DEM website.



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