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Forest Environment
  • Forest Health
    Forest Health

    The mission of the Forest Health Program is to protect the health, vigor, and resiliency of our rural and urban forests.

  • Urban and Community Forestry in Rhode Island
    Urban and Community Forestry

    Urban forestry is the careful and purposeful management of tree populations in urban settings for the purpose of improving the urban environment.

  • Alternative Forest Businesses
    Alternative Forest Businesses

    Approximately 55 percent of Rhode Island is forested, however this resource is being lost and fragmented by intense development pressure.

  • Forest Legacy Program
    Forest Legacy Program

    Congress created the Forest Legacy Program in 1990 to identify and protect important forestland from conversion to other uses.

  • Forest Stewardship Program
    Rhode Islands Forest Stewardship Program (FSP)

    If you are a woodland owner and would like to know more about your woodland and how to manage it, FSP can help you!

Overview

Rhode Island ForestryThe 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 refers development of forest and wildlife property management plans to consultants.

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, Snowmobile Area Management, Timber Sales, Arborist Licensing - Tree Warden, and Recreation Management.