FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Walter Marshall Public Affairs Specialist 401-822-8816
The Next Round of Free and Informative Workshops on Canada Goose Abatement and the Availability of NRCS Funding Will be Held on: June 22nd, 25th, and 28th. The Program has Been Expanded and is now Available for all Counties in Rhode Island.
Warwick, RI (June 14, 2011)
– USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with the RI State Conservation Committee and RI Conservation Districts is offering three workshops on Canada Goose abatement for livestock and agricultural producers throughout Rhode Island. These workshops will assist you in developing a plan for goose management on your property and provide you with information on management activities that may be 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 throughout Rhode Island 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:
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 7:00 PM Laurel Grange at the corner of Snake Hill and Saw Mill Roads in the Harmony section of Glocester, RI 02829
Saturday, June 25, 2011 11:00 AM East Farm, URI, Building 75 2159 Kingstown Road Kingston, RI 02881
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:30 PM USDA Service Center-NRCS 60 Quaker Lane Warwick, RI 02886
To register for these free and informative educational workshops, please call (401) 934-0842.