FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Walter Marshall
Public Affairs Specialist
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Partnership With the Rhode Island State Conservation Committee and Rhode Island Conservation Districts is Offering Two Free Workshops on “Canada Goose Abatement for Livestock and Agricultural Producers” in Bristol County and Newport County, RI
The next free and informative workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at the Eastern Conservation District Office.
WARWICK, RI (January 25, 2011) – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with the RI State Conservation Committee and RI Conservation Districts is offering two workshops on Canada Goose abatement for livestock and agricultural producers in Bristol County and Newport County, RI. This workshop will assist you in developing a plan for goose management and is funded through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) which provides technical and financial assistance to address conservation issues.
Resident Canada Geese populations can inflict significant damage on agricultural land in the form of water quality impairment, crop loss, and subsequent erosion. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, geese also produce heavy concentrations of fecal droppings which can lead to excess nutrient enrichment of ponds and lakes. The additional nutrients then lead to excessive plant growth such as algae and other nuisance plants. Rapid increases in algae can then limit the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water for other aquatic organisms. These large, dense geese populations also pose a risk to other species of birds through transmission of avian diseases.
To mitigate effects on water quality, NRCS is offering a pilot conservation program to help manage resident Canada goose populations. Conservation practices eligible for financial assistance through the EQIP program include Tree and Shrub Establishment, Early Successional Habitat Management, Conservation Cover, Upland Wildlife Management, and Wetland Wildlife Management.
Livestock and agricultural producers in Bristol County and Newport County, RI are encouraged to attend the workshop to learn about Canada Geese and strategies for coexistence with them. The workshop will discuss the natural history of the Canada Goose; resident versus migrant populations; human/goose conflict; Federal, State and local regulations; and strategies for mitigating goose problems.
The next workshop will be held on the following date:
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 7:00 PM
Eastern Conservation District Office
(White Wine Plaza)
2490 Main Road
Tiverton, RI 02878
To register for this free and informative educational workshop, please call (401) 349-0262.