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The Forest Conservationist
Summer 2021
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The Forest Conservationist
Volume 31, No. 3, Summer 2021

  • RIFCO Summer Twilight Walk set for August 5, 2021 at Arcadia Management Area
    More Info
  • Forest Conservation Act Passes, Signed into Law
  • Beech Leaf Disease Progresses Rapidly
  • Bio-Char grant received from GZA


The Forest Conservationist
Volume 31, No. 2, Spring 2021

  • RIFCO Spring Program
    May 29, 2021 at the RIFCO Demonstration Woodlot
    Howard Hill Road at Briggs Road, Foster, RI
    Topic:  RI Forestry for the Birds Program
  • RIFCO Game of Logging Training Sessions
    Level 1: May 21
    Level 2: May 22
    Level 3: May 23
    For more information and to register, contact Bob Verrier at trees2@cox.net
  • Coverts 2 Workshop — virtual format
    May 22, 2021
    For more information, contact Paul Dolan at 401-500-1399 or rircd2283@gmail.com


The Forest Conservationist
Volume 31, No. 1, Winter 2021

  • Landowner Town Hall - Oak Resiliency in Southern New England
    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom
  • President's Message: “Once it’s gone, it’s gone”
  • Revisions to Wetland Regulations
  • 30th Anniversary Mugs with Membership
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The Forest Conservationist
Volume 30, No. 4, Autumn 2020

  • Tree Farm Fall Tour - Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 9:00am
    More Info
    To register, send email to info@rifco.org
  • President's Message: Have You Thought About Forest Fires Lately?
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  • RIFCO Summer Walk Highlights (see photo below)









The Forest Conservationist
Volume 30, No. 3, Summer 2020

  • RIFCO Summer Twilight Walk on August 6, 2020, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, at the RIFCO Demonstration Woodlot. Register by email at info@rifco.org
       More Info
  • New beech disease found in RI
       More Info
  • Slash Wall Construction at the RIFCO Demo Woodlot (see photo below)

The Forest Conservationist
Volume 30, No. 2, Spring 2020

  • RIFCO Spring Program scheduled for May 9th has been cancelled
  • Harvesting Activity at RIFCO's Merriman Demo Woodlot
  • April is Invasive Plant Control Month - Now is a great time to locate and id invasive plants in your woodlot and field edges
  • Woodland Owner Workshops - Presentations available at our Resources page
  • April 24th is Arbor Day!  Plant a Tree!

The Forest Conservationist
Volume 30, No. 1, Winter 2020

  • RIFCO's Woodland Owner Workshops
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  • Young Forest Initiative - Article by Pat MacMeekin
  • RI Tree Farm of the Year Award presented to John Macera
  • RIFCO Awards Presented at Annual Dinner

The Forest Conservationist
Volume 29, No. 4, Autumn 2019

  • Tree Farm Fall Tour being held on 10/12/19 at Bryson Tree Farm in Richmond
    Press Release
  • RIFCO Provides Comments on Proposed Wetlands Regulations
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  • RI Woodland Partnership to Participate in LSR Project to address Oak Decline issues
  • Estimating Value of Oak Loss, by Rob MacMillan of Providence Water
  • Hull Forest Products Sawmill Tour
  • Liberty Tract Pine Demonstration Area available for self-guided walking tour
  • RIFCO Annual Dinner to be held Saturday, November 9, 2019
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The Forest Conservationist
Volume 29, No. 3, Summer 2019

The Forest Conservationist
Volume 29, No. 2, Spring 2019

  • RIFCO Spring Program
    May 11, 2019

    Pole 108, Tunk Hill Road (Rt. 12) Scituate, RI
    Get Flyer
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  • RI Woodland Stewardship & Preservation Act of 2019 - summary of bill and RIFCO's testimony
  • RIFCO's Woodlot is for the birds!
  • Recap of our Winter Workshop - Looking Forward: Recovering from Oak Loss on RI's Private Woodlands
  • The State of America's Forests: An Interactive Guide

The Forest Conservationist
Volume 29, No. 1, Winter 2019

  • March 16, 2019 — RIFCO’S Winter Workshop
    “Looking Forward– Recovering from Oak Loss on RI’s Private Woodlands.
    Coventry Community Center, 9:00am–12:00 noon
    Get Flyer
    Register Now
  • New Deer Browse Impact Study by USFS
  • Tree Mortality Map and Estimates
  • RIFCO Award Recipients
    “Friend of the Forest” Award was presented to Robert Thurber of Foster, RI
    RIFCO’s “Conservator of the Year” Award was presented to Scott Millar of Exeter, RI
  • Tree Farm News
    The RI Tree Farm Program recently presented Stephen Yeaw and his son Keith Yea, of Scituate, RI, with the program’s annual Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Award”

The Forest Conservationist
Volume 28, No. 4, Autumn 2018

  • Tree Farm Fall Tour, October 6, 2018 at Went Tree Farm in Foster
    More Info
  • President's Message: Do We Need to Help Conserve More?
  • Two-lined Chestnut Borer Causing Continued Oak Mortality
    Read Now
  • Fall Events include:
    • Coverts Training on October 13, 2018
      See Calendar

      Celebrating Conservation Dinner
      See Calendar

      Game of Logging Level I Chain Saw Training, November 3 & 10, 2018
      More Info

The Forest Conservationist
Volume 28, No. 3, Summer 2018

  • Summer Twilight Walk, August 2, 2018 at the Hillsdale Preserve, Richmond.
    See Calendar
  • Oak Mortality from insect defoliations & drought, by Fern Graves, RI DEM
    Read Now
  • DEM Fish & Wildlife installs Deer Browse Study sites on RI woodlots, by Dylan Ferreira, RI DEM
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Oak Mortality from insect defoliations & drought

DEM Fish & Wildlife installs Deer Browse Study sites

RIFCO Spring 2018 Volume 28, No. 2

  • RIFCO Spring Program May 12, 2018 at Carolina Mgmt Area
  • Op-Ed on Forest Fragmentation Published in Providence Journal
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  • Deer Browse Impact assessments by DEM Fish & Wildlife - AVID Assessment Method
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  • Bugnet Woodlot Donated to WGLT - RIFCO and WGLT Management Committee formed
  • Gypsy Moth and Forest Tent Caterpillar Update by Paul Ricard, Forest Health Specialist, RI Div. of Forestry



Ernest & Marie Bugnet of West Greenwich, recipients of RIFCO's 2017 Friend of the Forest Award, for their support of traditional forest uses and the protection of a significant tract of forested land to be managed by RIFCO, and owned by the West Greenwich Land Trust.

RIFCO Winter 2018 Volume 28, No. 1
  • Woodland Owner Workshop Series, 2/10, 2/17 in West Greenwich, and 2/24, 3/3 in Scituate
    More Info
  • President's Message from our newly elected President, Richard Went of Foster, RI
  • Wood Industry Focus Group session seeks to boost local wood economy
  • RIFCO Presents Awards at Annual Dinner:
         Friend of the Forest - Ernest & Marie Bugnet
         Youth Forestry Award - Cleveland Howard, Jr.
  • RI Tree Farm Program presents Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year Award to Wee-Hoose Farm, Stephanie & Lincoln Chafee
    More Info.

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