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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release:

February 7, 2000


Gail Mastrati, DEM, 222-4700 ext. 2402


Newport County Meeting Set for February 18

PROVIDENCE - The Open Space 2000 campaign steering committee has scheduled eight regional meetings throughout the state to brief local officials, and seek their support, for Governor Almond's proposed $50 million bond issue for open space and recreation. The bond, which needs to be approved this year by the General Assembly and then by voters at the ballot box next November, is aimed at accelerating the state's plan to preserve and protect 35,000 acres of critical lands throughout Rhode Island by the year 2010.

An informational session for Newport County town planners, public works directors, recreational directors, town managers and town council members will take place at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 18 at Portsmouth Town Hall, which is located at 2200 East Main Road.

If passed, the $50 million open space bond will provide funds to local communities, land trusts, and the state to purchase and protect important open space and recreational areas, including scenic resources, natural habitats, watersheds, farms, forests, parks and bikeways. The bond will also leverage additional matching funds from private foundations, the federal government and local communities.

The Open Space 2000 campaign is a collaborative initiative involving state government, Rhode Island's cities and towns, land trusts, non-profit organizations, environmental groups, and the business sector, including chambers of commerce and local tourism offices. Campaign co-chairpersons are Trudy Coxe, CEO of the Preservation Society of Newport, and Bob Gilbane, president and CEO of Gilbane Properties, Inc.

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