POSTPONED: Conservation 'open house' for East Bay landowners


A Conservation Open House workshop, offered by the Rhode Island Conservation Districts and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Mt. Hope Farm in Bristol, has been postponed.

NRCS programs enable landowners to solve resource issues from soil erosion to irrigation to simply conserving open space.  Available plans include (but are not limited to) full farm conservation plans, grazing plans, forestry management plans, irrigation systems, heavy-use areas, high tunnels, erosion control, stream crossings, wildlife habitat, nutrient management, and hoop house installation.

Workshops will focus on various programs designed to improve natural resource quality while enhancing agricultural and forest production on your land through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The ‘Open House’ format of these workshops will present special interests stations (including forestry, agriculture, livestock, wildlife, easements  and greenhouse operations) and allow for focus on specific programs and practices. Stop by anytime between to speak with NRCS representatives about your own individual needs\concerns.

You will also have an opportunity to learn about your local Conservation District, Nutrient Management, RI Raised Livestock Association, and RI Resource Conservation and Development and many more organizations that can provide conservation assistance.




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