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

For Release: October 24, 2007
Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

DEM ISSUES REMINDER THAT FLUORESCENT ORANGE IS REQUIRED IN MANAGEMENT AREAS FOR SAFETY DURING HUNTING SEASON

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management reminds all Rhode Islanders that, for safety reasons, they must wear fluorescent orange when in state management areas now that hunting season has opened.

State regulations require that all users of management areas, including bikers, hikers, and horseback riders, must wear at least 200 square inches of solid daylight-fluorescent orange material throughout the small game hunting season, which opened October 20 and closes February 29, 2008, as well as during the spring turkey season that runs from April 24 to May 31, 2008. The minimum requirement of orange clothing for all users increases to 500 square inches during the shotgun deer season that runs from December 1 to December 9.

Safety regulations mandate the use of fluorescent orange; other fluorescent colors, such as lime or yellow, do not satisfy the safety requirement. Safety clothing must also be worn above the waist and must be visible in all directions. Examples that meet the orange requirements are a hat that covers 200 square inches or a combination of a hat and a vest covering 500 square inches.

Rhode Island has conserved over 47,000 acres of land in management areas. The management areas include: Arcadia, Big River, Black Farm, Black Hut, Buck Hill, Burlingame, Carolina, Durfee Hill, Eight Rod Farm, George Washington, Great Swamp, John L. Curran, Killingly Pond, Newton Swamp, Nicholas Farm, Prudence/Patience Island, Rockville, Round Top, Tillinghast Pond, Sapowet Marsh, Simmons Mill, South Shore, Succotash Marsh, Wickaboxet, and Woody Hill.

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