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Conservation Showcase

This Conservation Showcase is your portal to stories of Rhode Island farmers and forest land owners, and partner agencies and organizations, working with NRCS  to protect the nation's soil, water, animals, plants and air. We hope that through these stories, you'll understand how NRCS is helping people help the land every day in the Ocean State.

An oyster shell.

Bringing oysters back to Bissel Cove

The decline of natural oyster communities in Rhode Island waters isn’t just bad news for shellfish lovers. Oysters fill an ecological niche and filter the water, keeping it clean. To reverse the effects of overfishing and habitat change, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is working with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to restore oyster reefs in protected water bodies like Bissel Cove in North Kingstown, RI.