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Division of Forest Environment

Catherine Sparks, Assistant Director

235 Promenade Street, Suite 394
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2445
fax 222-2444


The Forest Environment Program manages 40,000 acres of state-owned rural forestland. It coordinates a statewide forest fire protection plan, provides forest fire protection on state lands, assists rural volunteer fire departments, and develops forest and wildlife management plans for private landowners who choose to manage their property in ways that will protect these resources on their land. The Program promotes public understanding of environmental conservation, enforces Department rules and regulations on DEM lands, and assists the federal government in providing landowner assistance programs.

Moreover, additional Program mandates are: to monitor and recommend controls for insects and disease, to work with communities promoting urban tree health, to license arborists, and to certify forest land under the state's Farm, Forest and Open Space Act.

Major functions carried out by the Program include: Operation & Maintenance of 40,000 acres (6% of the state's land area), Forest Fire Control, Law Enforcement, Forest Management, Insect & Disease Management, Forest Health Monitoring, Landowner Assistance Programs, Urban and Community Forestry Program, Conservation Education Program, Forest Legacy Acquisition Program, Timber Sales, Arborist Licensing - Tree Warden, and Recreation Management.

In addition, the Division manages the George Washington Campground, Pulaski Recreation Area, the Reynolds Horseman's Area and Campground, as well as two intensively used beaches, and a snowmobile and cross-country skiing program.

Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program Grants Request

America the Beautiful Grant Requests

A Path to Tomorrow's Forests

Economic Importance of RI's Forest Based Economy 2015

Alternative Forest Products

Forest Legacy Program

Forest Stewardship Program

Urban and Community Forestry Program

RI Forestry Asset Management Plan

The Forests of Rhode Island Report

Citizens Guide to the Farm, Forest and Open Space Act

How to Help Your Tree After Early Growing Season Defoliation

Trends in
RI Forests:
A Half-Century of Change

USDA Forest Service National Forest Health Monitoring Highlights

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