Rhode Island Woodland Partnership

Rhode Island Woodand Partnership Completes Strategic Plan

The Rhode Island Woodland Partnership (RIWP) is a collaboration among foresters, landowners, conservationists, and professionals who represent public agencies, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. Partnership members share a common goal of advancing the stewardship and long-term protection of Rhode Island’s woodlands to benefit the local economy, ecological values, and community enjoyment and health. RIWP has filled a fundamental need of creating a networking space for Rhode Island’s conservation community to stay abreast of issues affecting Rhode Island’s forests. RIWP's mission is to advance the stewardship and long-term protection of Rhode Island’s woodlands to benefit the local economy, ecological values, and community enjoyment and health. RIWP increases the impact of forest conservation measures through education and information sharing.

To increase its collective impact, RIWP crafted a strategic plan to develop goals, objectives, and strategies for the next five years. This strategic plan was produced by a team of dedicated natural resource professionals. Amanda Mahaffey of the Forest Stewards Guild led the writing of the document and co-facilitated the strategic planning meetings. Jennifer West of the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve led the facilitation of the meetings. Christopher Riely of the Providence Water Supply Board coordinated the meetings and communications of the partners. Significant contributions to the strategic planning process and document were made by (in alphabetical order) Tom Abbott, Tee Jay Boudreau, Bill Buffum, Paul Dolan, Bill Fortune, Amanda Freitas, Rupert Friday, David Gregg, Scott Millar, Chris Modisette, Bruce Payton, Amelia Rose, Paul Roselli, Scott Ruhren, Tanner Steeves, Doug Still, Marc Tremblay, Will Walker, and Dick Went. All of this was made possible by a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.

The partnership identified a five-year goal of increasing the impact of forest conservation effforts in Rhode Island, including increased support for working forest viability and health benefits; increased stewardship or management activities that enhance the forest; and increased focus on keeping forests as forests. Together, the partners outlined activities in stewardship and management, policy, and education that will help create this desired impact.

More information about the Rhode Island Woodland Partnership can be found on the Rhode Island Woods website: http://rhodeislandwoods.uri.edu/ri-woodland-partnership/

A copy of the RIWP strategic plan can also be found here:http://forestguild.org/publications/research/2017/RIWPStrategicPlan.pdf