Rhode Islanders Honored for Conservation Work
By ecoRI News staff



Jonathan Reiner, North Kingstown town planner, receives his conservation award from Clarkson Collins, chairman of the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — The Southern Rhode Island Conservation District recently presented four awards at its annual meeting held at the Matunuck Oyster Bar.

The district, which covers all of Kent and Washington counties, cited a farmer, a forester, a conservationist and a teacher for their efforts.

The "Farmer of the Year" award went to Kevin Breene, owner of Breene Hollow Farm in West Greenwich. Breene was honored for implementing a new management system on his 380-acre farm that will have a positive impact on water quality. A manure storage facility and a project to fence off wetlands are part of the system. He also is planning on creating a large-scale early successional habitat on his forested property to help a threatened species, the New England cottontail.

The "Forester of the Year" award went to the South County Rod & Gun Club, which owns about 475 acres near the Connecticut border. The club conservation management committee, led by John Ledsworth, has embarked on a program to manage its forestlands with succession cuts and timber-stand improvement, and has entered into programs to control invasive plants and insects.

An award called "Excellence in Promotion of Conservation and Land and Water Resources" went to Jonathan Reiner, town planner for North Kingstown. Rainer was cited for his work in obtaining $4 million in grant funding for open space preservation and innovating ordinance development.

The "Excellence in Conservation Education" award went to Peter Stetson, an environmental science teacher at Coventry High School. He was cited for his work preparing his students for the annual Envirothon competition. Coventry won the state championship in 2004 and 2007. He has taught in the school for 27 years.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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