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Conservation Efforts

Audubon conservation staff actively engages in a wide variety of ongoing property management on over 9,500 acres of wildlife refuges and protected land across the state.  This includes habitat management, refuge protection, property monitoring and trail maintenance. The conservationists at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island also lead hundreds of public walks and programs each year in addition to other key conservation projects, listed below.

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Partnerships in Conservation

With growing environmental threats and dwindling funding, partnerships are key to success in conservation. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is an active partner in many groups that are working to save our natural heritage and to prepare for impacts of climate change. These include:

  • Rhode Island Woodland Partnership – Forestry professionals, land managers and agencies who are passionate about protecting and managing Rhode Island’s forest resources form this organization.
  • Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats – This tool is applying decades of research and expert knowledge to management and coastal conservation strategies. While all coastal habitats are considered, salt marshes are particularly vulnerable and worthy of special attention.
  • New England Plant Conservation Program – This multi-state collaboration led by the New England Wildflower Society, has been working for decades to slow the decline of our native flora. Audubon refuges protect many of the species on the priority list.

Youth Conservation League (YCL)

The Rhode Island Youth Conservation League (YCL) is a project of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, funded by grants from the Conservation Stewardship Collaborative Endowment at the RI Foundation. The goal of the project is to create summer jobs for high school students that entail outdoor stewardship work around the state and address three critical needs for Rhode Island:

  • Hands-on labor to steward our precious conservation land.
  • Engaging high school-age youth in meaningful activities in the outdoor environment.
  • Providing job opportunities for high school-age youth.

The Rhode Island YCL team works together on projects for Audubon and The Nature Conservancy and land trusts, towns and watershed groups around the state. Do you want to recruit the YCL team for your environmental stewardship project? Organizations are encouraged to apply for our "Crew in Your Community" opportunity!