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GREEN SPACE: 229 acres of land in northeast Cumberland has been purchased for $1.5 million, primarily for conservation. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

229 acres in Cumberland set aside for water protection, recreation

CUMBERLAND -  Sisters of Mercy in Cumberland, part of an international religious institute of Catholic women, has sold most of its local property in...

R.I. Department of Health launches Lyme disease prevention campaign

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health is reminding people to be wary of Lyme-disease-bearing ticks in the wake of reported increases in national...

Raimondo, DEM announce $210K in grants to local farmers, community groups

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo joined the R.I. Department of Environmental Management and partners May 30 at the Statehouse to announce more than...
TWENTY-ONE RHODE ISLAND BUSINESSES received more than $210,000 in grants from the R.I. DEM's Local Agriculture & Seafood Act program to help new and existing small businesses and initiatives thrive in Rhode Island.

Local food businesses awarded $210K from DEM

PROVIDENCE — The R.I. Department of Environmental Management and its partners awarded more than $210,000 in grants from the Local Agriculture & Seafood Act...
SHOPPERS BROWSE at the Fisherman’s Memorial State Park Farmers Market in Narragansett. / COURTESY DEM

DEM announces opening of state park farmers markets

PROVIDENCE – Three weekly farmers markets are now open in Rhode Island state parks, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management announced Friday.The three markets...
RHODE ISLAND WILL USE its $14.4 million from a federal settlement over diesel fuel emissions to fund electric buses and charging stations for electric vehicles along the I-95 corridor. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/KRISZTIAN BOCSI

R.I. plans to use $14.4M from Volkswagen settlement to fund electric...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s money from the Volkswagen AG diesel fuel emissions scandal settlement will be used to pay for electric buses and to...
THREE RHODE ISLAND state beaches will be open weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Saturday. Above, beachgoers are pictured at Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett. / COURTESY OFFICE OF GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO

DEM announces 3 state beaches to open May 12

PROVIDENCE – Three Rhode Island state beaches will be open weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Saturday, the R.I. Department of Environmental...
CENTRAL LOCATION: David Dadekian, owner and founder of Eat Drink RI, stands in front of the site of the former Shooters nightclub at 25 India St. in Providence, where he has proposed to create Central Market, a retail center where the public can gather and experience the best of the state’s small food-production businesses.  / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Local food businesses excited for Eat Drink RI’s Central Market

After being named Whiskey Magazine’s 2017 American Craft Producer of the Year, Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. wants to expand its footprint from South...
THE BRITTON FAMILY property, shown in the slash-shaded area, was purchased by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management./ COURTESY DEM

State buys 101 acres in Glocester for public recreational uses

GLOCESTER – The state has purchased 101 acres in Glocester for public recreational use, such as hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing and hunting.The purchase of...
JANET L. COIT, director of the R.I. Department of Environmental Management, highlighted the benefits of $3 million in matching grants that DEM made to 15 municipalities to develop or renovate recreational facilities. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

DEM awards $3M for recreation projects in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management awarded $3 million in matching grants to 15 municipalities to develop or renovate recreational facilities, Gov....
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