Northern Rhode Island Conservation District



Private Woodland in Foster






Corduroy Crossing on a Forest Trail





Private Woodland in Foster




In Providence County, farmers and forest land owners care about the quality of our water and soil resources. The Northern  Conservation District (NRICD) provides assistance to them through the Farm, Forest and Open Space Program, and financial and technical assistance through our partners at the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Many farmers and forest land owners are eligible for USDA-NRCS programs that provide free technical assistance and funding for  implementing conservation practices on their land. If you are interested in more information, please check out the Healthy Lands RI website, or contact Kate Sayles or Cassius Spears.

Contact Information

  • Kate Sayles, Agriculture and Forestry Program Manager
    (401) 934-0840
  • Cassius Spears, District Conservationist, USDA-NRCS
    (401) 822-8833

Farm Conservation Planning
Are you interested in placing your farm in the Farm, Forest, and Open Space current use tax program? NRICD currently has funding to write farm conservation plans for eligible land owners free of charge. We can also answer your questions about the farm portion of the program, and walk you through the process of completing an application.

To learn more or start the process, contact Gina DeMarco:

Open Space Mapping Services
If you are applying for the Open Space portion of the Farm, Forest, and Open Space current use tax program, your tax assessor will require a set of maps showing the various soil types you have on your property. NRICD is able to provide these maps on a fee-for-service basis. Mapping services cost $60/hour, with typical properties taking 1-2 hours to complete.

For more information to request this service, please contact Kate Sayles:


Below you will find the links to several resources that will help you with your Agriculture or Forestry needs. Please email Kate Sayles at NRICD if you would like more information on any of your resource needs.


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