The Northern Rhode Island Conservation District works in partnership with private land owners, farmers, municipalities, state and federal agencies, as well as non-governmental agencies. NRICD is not a regulatory or enforcement agency, but rather provides assistance to those who desire to work as a team to face issues -- watershed by watershed.

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People's Garden Initiative 2023 
Request for Proposals

Each Conservation District will be seeking to fund projects until the funding from each district has been allocated.
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2022 Joint Conservation Annual Dinner
Friday, November 18, 2022
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Coventry/West Greenwich Elks Hall
42 Nooseneck Hill Road (Route 3), West Greenwich, RI

Join us for the joint annual meeting of the three Rhode Island Conservation Districts, the RI Tree Farm Program, RI Envirothon, RI RC&D Council, and RI Forest Conservators Organization. This year’s program will include awards and recognition of RI’s forest and farm conservation community, along with buffet dinner, entertainment, and silent auction. Folk/bluegrass musician Harvey Marcotte returns as our evening’s musical guest. Each organization will also present its annual conservation awards.

Registration Deadline: November 10, 2022
Register by mail or online

FREE WORKSHOP: Resources for your Farm and Forest
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Cumberland Public Library
1464 Diamond Hill Rd #1, Cumberland, RI 02864

Learn about voluntary conservation programs for farm and forest landowners, the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) grant program for farmers, and other programs that can help you manage your farm or forest land.
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Food Justice and Resilience Farm Tour
Saturday, August 20, 2022
10:00am - 4:00pm
Join the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District and the Young Farmer Network of Southeastern New England for a FREE, full-day tour of three Providence County farms where we will learn all about food justice and resiliency. / Únase al Distrito de Conservación del Norte de Rhode Island y a la Red de Agricultores del sudeste de New England para un recorrido GRATUITO por tres granjas del condado de Providence, donde aprenderemos todo sobre la justicia resistencia agrícola y la justicia alimentaria.
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     Agenda: English / Spanish

Project Spotlight: Greening Stem for Gilbert Stuart Middle School
NRICD partners with Gilbert Stuart Middle School, the US Forest Service, and RI Resource Conservation and Development Council on a six-visit urban forestry project focused on the Gilbert Stuart schoolyard.
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Summer Woodland Tour 
Saturday, August 20, 2022
9:30am - 11:00am

Join us to visit a private woodlot in Foster that has been managed with conservation in mind, and learn how you can work with USDA NRCS on your own land.
Contact or call 401-934-0840 Ext. 3 to register and receive directions.
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Sponsored by Northern Rhode Island Conservation District & USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

NRICD Announces New District Manager (May 31, 2022)
The Northern Rhode Island Conservation District (NRICD) is pleased to announce Molly Allard as its new District Manager. Molly Allard has been with the NRICD for eight and a half years as the Outreach and Education Program Manager, where she has guided the Scituate Reservoir Watershed Education Program and the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Services Outreach Program. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Rhode Island Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) program as well as the Boston University School of Education.

Ms. Allard replaces Gina DeMarco who has served as District Manager for over 30 years. Ms. DeMarco will remain with the NRICD serving as Special Projects Manager. Ms. DeMarco and Ms. Allard have been working closely together for many months to ensure a smooth transition for the District. Ms. DeMarco will continue to provide support to Ms. Allard as needed as she enthusiastically transitions into her new role as Special Projects Manager focusing primarily on emergency flood mitigation in Providence County in a partnership between the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, the RI Association of Conservation Districts and the NRICD.

Richard Went, Chairman of NRICD stated, “I speak for the entire NRICD Board of Directors when I say how pleased we are to welcome Molly into her new role and that we are confident that her leadership will bring NRICD and it’s staff to new opportunities and success.”

Clients and partners are encouraged to contact Ms. Allard at to welcome her and for all future management communications.
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Manure Management For Small Farms Webinar
Thursday, April 28, 2022 — POSTPONED
Rescheduled to Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 6:00pm
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The Urban Growers Leadership Program / Urban Growers Cob Qhia Thawj Coj / Programa de Liderazgo de Cultivadores Urbanos
The Urban Growers Leadership Program is a bilingual, informational series consisting of workshops, farm tours and a skill-share program for leading urban farmers and gardeners in Providence County, RI. / Urban Growers Cob Qhia Thawj Coj yog yuav qhia ua ntau hom lus, yuav kawm ua ntu zuj zus, yuav mus ncig saib tej teb, qhia txog yam yus txhawj, kom los coj tau cov tib neeg ua teb nyob rau hauv nroog Providence RI. / Programa de Liderazgo de Cultivadores Urbanos es una serie educacional bilingüe consistiendo de talleres, recorridos por granjas y un programa de habilidades compartidas dirigido a líderes agricultores y jardineros urbanos en el Condado de Providence, RI.
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Employee Spotlight
Congratulations to Kate Sayles on receiving the National Conservation Planning Partnership Employee Spotlight for August 2020!
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Director Spotlight

NRICD celebrates the honoring of Jean Lynch, long-standing Director of NRICD
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