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November 9, 2018

Regulations Under Development for Renewable Energy Development on Farmlands

A law passed in 2017, “Taxation of Farm Forest and Open Space Land”, enables farms receiving tax relief through the Farm Forest and Open Space program to install renewable energy projects (solar and wind) on up to 20% of their farm without losing the tax protections on the remaining portion of the farm. 

The RI Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) is finalizing regulations to implement this law. Audubon joined with other partners and submitted comments on the draft regulations.

Eco RI News coverage of the recent hearing can be found here: Rules Near for Renewables on Farms and Open Space

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In a letter submitted by Audubon Society of Rhode Island and several other environmental organizations, we have requested that RI DEM performs annual reviews of the conservation plans, which are required to receive the state farm and open space designation. | Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy via Flickr

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POSTPONED! New date is Friday, February 21 from 3-4 pm at Blackstone Park, Providence
Join naturalists from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, the Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council for a free guided bird walk at the Blackstone Park in Providence. The group will gather in the field across from the Narragansett Boat Club, located at 2 River Rd. Providence, RI 02906. We will look for birds that visit or inhabit the park area throughout the winter, including areas in Blackstone Woods, around Hockey and York Ponds, as well as along the Seekonk River.

Don't know what to do with the family during the school vacation break? Audubon is the solution! Come meet some awesome owls, hawks, turtles and other cool critters! Vacation week is WILD at Audubon, so bring the kids and join the fun.

Come have all your questions answered about solar energy and discover if it is right for you on Sunday, February 23, 2020; 3:30 – 4:30 pm at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium. This is a family-friendly event. Children’s activities will be available from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.

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