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NRCS Outreach Calendar

Contact:
Walter Marshall
(401) 822-8816


The following information lists planned outreach events in Rhode Island where the Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to provide information on technical and financial assistance available.  In addition, information is also provided on recruitment efforts.

Upcoming Events:

URI 2015 Fall Internship and Job Fair: Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, URI Memorial Union, Kingston, RI. The Fall Internship and Job Fair provides the opportunity to speak with NRCS representatives about employment opportunities with the agency and the Federal government.  The event will also include representatives from other governmental and private organizations.

The Challenge of Habitat Restoration - Salt Marshes: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Audubon Environmental Education Center (parking lot), 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI.  Join the RI Wild Plant Society for a tour led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s District Conservationists John Richard and Melissa Hayden.  See the results of culverts installed and channels redefined to help water flow and to aid fish passage where the area was cleared of invasives and is one of the only spots in RI with native phragmities.  To register, please visit www.riwps.org/event/habitat-restoration-salt-marsh/. ($10 fee, $5 fee for RIWPS members.)

Climate Change and Rhode Island Forests: Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21, 2015, Audubon Society of Rhode Island Headquarters, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI 02917.  Join the RI Woodland Partnership, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub for one or two workshops that will help foresters, land trusts, woodland owners, and conservation professionals integrate information related to climate change and forests into their stewardship and conservation activities.  For additional information and to register for the free workshops, please visit www.forestadaptation.org/RI.

An Introduction to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts: Do you own or lease farmland or own forest land in Rhode Island?  Join us for a free workshop to learn how to apply for NRCS federal funding in December for your best chance to secure funding in 2016.  Funding is available for forest management plans, farm conservation plans, high tunnels, soil nutrient management, trail creation for forestry activities, and much more!

PDF of December 2015 Workshop Flyer

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Jesse M. Smith Library, 100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, RI 02830.  To register, visit nricd.org or call 401-934-0840

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Sandywoods 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI 02878.  To register, visit easternriconservation.org or call 401-934-0840

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Crandall House Main Floor, 188 Main Street, Ashaway, RI 02804.  To register, visit sricd.org or call 401-500-0422.

 

Additional outreach events will be added as information becomes available.

 

Completed Events:

Woods and Water: A Fall Forestry Tour: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Rittling’s Tree Farm, 252 Tomaquag Road, Hopkinton, RI.  Join RI Tree Farm, NRCS, RIRC&D, and RI Conservation Districts where local experts will provide a free tour to learn about: Wetlands in your woods, why they matter and what they mean for you; Protecting streams in your woods; Creating a forest management plan for your property; The RI Tree Farm Program; and Federal funding opportunities available for your property.  To register, call (401) 500-0399 or visit www.rircd.org.

2015 Government & Non-Profit Career Fair: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Johnson and Wales University, Pepsi Forum Auditorium, 8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903. The Government & Non-Profit Career Fair provides the opportunity to speak with NRCS representatives about employment opportunities with the agency and the Federal government.  The event will also include representatives from other governmental and private organizations. 

Healthy Soils, Clean Water: Techniques to Improve Your Farm’s Soil Health and Water Resources: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (Refreshments to follow.), Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.  Join us for this special event at historic Greenvale Vineyards to meet with other Eastern RI producers as well as representatives from state and federal agencies and RI’s Conservation Districts to learn about programs and techniques that will benefit your business and land’s resources.  To register, please visit EasternRIConservation.org or call (401) 934-0840.