The Department of Environmental Management wants the public to have a role in shaping the state’s wildlife conservation efforts. The DEM will hold the first of four public meetings tonight to discuss the state's wildlife action plan.
Rhode Island is home to nearly 900 fish, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians and an estimated 20,000 invertebrates. For the past two years, the DEM has been re-assessing priority animals and habitats, analyzing their threats, and outlining a number of conservation actions to help protect the state’s wildlife over the next 10 years. The department’s plan is part of a national effort to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered. By updating its plan, the state becomes eligible for federal grants that support conservation programs.
The DEM wants people to share their ideas and expertise on the revised plan. The first meeting takes place Monday night at 5:30 at the South Kingstown Land Trust Barn.
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