In early 2020, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and NRCS saw an opportunity to help both the growers impacted by the pandemic and the environment by obtaining reproductively mature oysters to restore dwindling oyster populations.
Tucked away in the rural community of Foster, Rhode Island, is a patch of forest dedicated to conservation education. The Rhode Island Forest Conservators Organization maintains a demonstration woodlot where private landowners can see tried-and-true forest management practices at work.
When Patrick and Diane Luther purchased 38 acres of Glocester, Rhode Island woodland, it was with the intention of developing house lots for their family.
With its herd of Belted Galloway cattle often seen grazing in the shadow of the Newport Bridge, Windmist Farm is perhaps the most visible of Jamestown, Rhode Island farms. The town sits on Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay, a stepping stone for tourists on their way to nearby Newport.