Warren Conservation Commission Committee

Members:  Wendy Brennen, Jane Harrison (Corresponding Secretary), Jeanne Leffers (Vice-President), Lester -Butch- Lombardi (President), Barbara Paroline, Jonathan Richardson, and David Weed (Recording Secretary)
 

 
 

Warren Conservation Commission

2017 ANNUAL REPORT of ACTIVITIES

Beautification

  • Organized the 25th annual Town-wide Earth Day clean up, assisted by the Public Works and Fire Departments and many individuals, organizations and  businesses                

  • Obtained donated t-shirts and refreshments

  • Worked with Boy Scout Troop 25 to clean the Brown Street Conservation area

  • Recruited volunteers to maintain the plantings at 3 adopt-a-spots: Metacom Avenue, Baker Street Scenic Waterfront Overlook and Kyalin Avenue

Education

  • Installed informational signs at Conservation Areas

  • Coordinated with the Warren Land Conservation Trust to install and monitor a Purple Martin nesting array

  • Advised boy scouts on proposed Eagle Scout projects

  • Expanded photos and content on the Warren Conservation Commission website:  www.warrenconservation.org

Advocacy

  • Provided advisory opinions to the Planning Board on proposed projects with potential environmental impact

  • Spearheaded efforts to prioritize construction of the Kickemuit River Bike Path Bridge

  • Reviewed and commented on three Coastal Resources Management Council applications

Protection

  • Inspected areas of citizens’ complaints and referred them to appropriate State agencies

  • Monitored easements and rights of way to assure public access to conservation land and prevent misuse of public property

 

2016 ANNUAL REPORT of ACTIVITIES

Beautification

  • Organized the 24th annual Town-wide Earth Day clean up, assisted by the Public Works and Fire Departments and many individuals, organizations and businesses

  • Obtained donated t-shirts and refreshments

  • Worked with Boy Scout Troop 25 to clean the Hugh Cole Well and Brito areas

  • Monitored placement of a blue stone bench at the Hugh Cole Well

  • Maintained plantings on Metacom Avenue, at the Baker Street Scenic Waterfront

  • Overlook and on the East Bay Bike Path just north of Market Street

Education

  • Mentored Providence College students doing an Osprey habitat evaluation, an update of the 1988 wetland report, and a wildlife presence survey using trap cameras

  • Attended Warren Land Conservation Trust meetings

  • Researched sites to locate owl nests and bat boxes

  • Expanded photos and content on the Warren Conservation Commission website:  www.warrenconservation.org

  • Participated in the State Land and Water Conservation Summit

Advocacy

  • Provided advisory opinions to the Planning Board on proposed projects with potential environmental impact

  • Spearheaded efforts to prioritize construction of the Kickemuit River Bridge replacement for the Bike Path

  • Reviewed or commented on Coastal Resources Management Council applications

Protection

  • Inspected areas of citizens’ complaints and referred them to appropriate State agencies

  • Monitored easements and rights of way to assure public access to conservation land and prevent misuse of public property

 

2015 ANNUAL REPORT of ACTIVITIES

Beautification

  • Organized the 23rd annual Town-wide Earth Day clean up, assisted by the Highway and Fire Departments and many individuals, organizations and  businesses                

  • Obtained donated t-shirts and refreshments

  • Provided a RI  Red Maple for the Tree Commission’s Arbor Day celebration

  • Monitored placement of a bike rack at Sepe Pavilion and a bench at the Hugh Cole Well

  • Maintained plantings on Metacom Avenue, at the Baker Street Scenic Waterfront Overlook and on the East Bay Bike Path just north of Market Street

Education

  • Attended ERICD workshop on pollinator habitats

  • Attended WLCT meetings

  • Researched sites to locate owl nests and bat boxes

  • Expanded photos and content on the Warren Conservation Commission website:  www.warrenconservation.org

Advocacy

  • Provided advisory opinions to both the Town Council and Planning Board on proposed projects with potential environmental impact

  • Spearheaded efforts to prioritize construction of the Broken Bridge replacement for the Bike Path

  • Supported the National Grid Path

  • Reviewed or commented on Coastal Resources Management Council applications

Protection

  • Supported repair of the leaking sewer line on the Kickemuit River

  • Inspected areas of citizens’ complaints and referred them to appropriate State agencies

  • Monitored easements and rights of way to assure public access to conservation land and prevent misuse of public property

 

2014 ANNUAL REPORT of ACTIVITIES

Beautification

  • Organized the 22nd annual Town-wide Earth Day clean up, assisted by the  Highway and Fire Departments and many individuals, organizations and  businesses                

  • Obtained donated t-shirts and refreshments

  • Provided a bike rack for the Pete Sepe Pavilion and adjacent Bike Path

  • Maintained plantings on Metacom Avenue, at the Baker Street Scenic Waterfront Overlook and on the East Bay Bike Path just north of Market Street

Education

  • Hosted a nature walk and talk with Scott Turner at the Audubon Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge

  • Completed storm-drain labeling project on Market Street with “Drains to the River” stickers

  • Expanded photos and content on the Warren Conservation Commission website: www.warrenconservation.org

Advocacy

  • Reviewed or commented on three Coastal Resources Management Council applications

  • Provided advisory opinions on proposed projects with potential environmental impact

  • Supported the Broken Bridge Bike Path extension and the National Grid Path

  • Supported open space bond

Protection

  • Inspected areas of citizens’ complaints and referred them to appropriate State  agencies

  • Monitored easements and rights of way to assure public access to conservation land and prevent misuse of public property

 

  2013 ANNUAL REPORT of ACTIVITIES

Beautification

  • Organized the 21st annual -- and most successful -- Town-wide Earth Day clean up, assisted by the Highway and Fire Departments and many individuals, organizations and businesses

  • Obtained donated t-shirts and refreshments

  • Maintained plantings on Metacom Avenue, at the Baker Street Scenic Waterfront Overlook and on the East Bay Bike Path just north of Market Street

Education

  • Completed storm-drain labeling project on Child Street with “Drains to the River” stickers

  • Continue to repair and return vandalized informational plaque at the Hugh Cole Well

  • Expanded photos and content on the Warren Conservation Commission website: www.warrenconservation.org

Habitat Restoration

  • Researched Diamondback terrapin population on the Palmer River in Warren, including enhancing a Warren nesting area.

Advocacy

  • Reviewed or commented on six Coastal Resources Management Council

  • applications

  • Provided advisory opinions on proposed ordinances to the Town Council and the Planning Board,

  • Supported the Broken Bridge Bike Path extension and the National Grid Path

  • Supported open space bond

Protection

  • Inspected areas of citizens’ complaints and referred them to appropriate State agencies

  • Monitored easements and rights of way to assure public access to conservation land and prevent misuse of public property

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2012 ANNUAL REPORT of ACTIVITIES

Beautification

  • Helped the Town Planner and neighbors to complete development of the Company Street Scenic Waterfront Overlook

  • Organized the 208h annual -- and most successful -- Town-wide Earth Day clean up, assisted by the Highway and Fire Departments and many individuals, organizations and businesses

  • Obtained donated t-shirts and refreshments

  • Enhanced recycling efforts for this event

  • Provided plantings for the Route 114 entrance to Town; maintained plantings on Metacom Avenue, at the Baker Street Scenic Waterfront Overlook and on the East Bay Bike Path just north of Market Street

Education

  • Continued storm-drain labeling project with “Drains to the River” stickers

  • Expanded photos and content on the Warren Conservation Commission website: www.warrenconservation.org

Habitat Restoration

  • Completed installation of the 4th osprey platform in Warren

  • Because of continuous vandalism, put plans to enhance the Fatima Drive Park on hold

Advocacy

  • Commented on Coastal Resources Management Council dock applications

  • Provided advisory opinions on proposed developments and proposed ordinances to the Town Council and the Planning Board

  • Supported open space bond

Protection

  • Monitored illegal brush cutting and tree felling along the bike path

  • Inspected areas of citizens’ complaints and referred them to appropriate State agencies

  • Monitored easements and rights of way to assure public access to conservation land and prevent misuse of public property

  • Advocated for protection of existing and establishment of new public rights of way to the water 

  • Supported open space bond

Compliance

  • Monitored illegal brush cutting and tree felling along the bike path

  • Inspected areas of citizens’ complaints and referred them to appropriate State agencies

  • Monitored easements and rights of way to assure public access to conservation land and prevent misuse of public property

Outreach

  • Met with Walter Burke, Bristol’s Recreation Director, to discuss Bristol’s rights of way to the water marking program

  • For the third year, staffed a Warren Conservation Commission informational booth at the Quahog Festival

  • Attended Touisset Point energy meetings

 
 
 

 

 

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