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The Forest Conservationist
Fall 2018
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The Forest Conservationist
Volume 28, No. 4, Autumn 2018
  • Tree Farm Fall Tour, October 6, 2018 at Went Tree Farm in Foster
    More Info
  • President's Message: Do We Need to Help Conserve More?
  • Two-lined Chestnut Borer Causing Continued Oak Mortality
    Read Now
  • Fall Events include:
    • Coverts Training on October 13, 2018
      See Calendar
    • Celebrating Conservation Dinner
      See Calendar
    • Game of Logging Level I Chain Saw Training, November 3 & 10, 2018
      More Info

The Forest Conservationist
Volume 28, No. 3, Summer 2018

  • Summer Twilight Walk, August 2, 2018 at the Hillsdale Preserve, Richmond.
    See Calendar
  • Oak Mortality from insect defoliations & drought, by Fern Graves, RI DEM
    Read Now
  • DEM Fish & Wildlife installs Deer Browse Study sites on RI woodlots, by Dylan Ferreira, RI DEM
    Read Now

Oak Mortality from insect defoliations & drought

DEM Fish & Wildlife installs Deer Browse Study sites

RIFCO Spring 2018 Volume 28, No. 2

  • RIFCO Spring Program May 12, 2018 at Carolina Mgmt Area
  • Op-Ed on Forest Fragmentation Published in Providence Journal
    Read Now
  • Deer Browse Impact assessments by DEM Fish & Wildlife - AVID Assessment Method
    Read Now
  • Bugnet Woodlot Donated to WGLT - RIFCO and WGLT Management Committee formed
  • Gypsy Moth and Forest Tent Caterpillar Update by Paul Ricard, Forest Health Specialist, RI Div. of Forestry



Ernest & Marie Bugnet of West Greenwich, recipients of RIFCO's 2017 Friend of the Forest Award, for their support of traditional forest uses and the protection of a significant tract of forested land to be managed by RIFCO, and owned by the West Greenwich Land Trust.

RIFCO Winter 2018 Volume 28, No. 1
  • Woodland Owner Workshop Series, 2/10, 2/17 in West Greenwich, and 2/24, 3/3 in Scituate
    More Info
  • President's Message from our newly elected President, Richard Went of Foster, RI
  • Wood Industry Focus Group session seeks to boost local wood economy
  • RIFCO Presents Awards at Annual Dinner:
         Friend of the Forest - Ernest & Marie Bugnet
         Youth Forestry Award - Cleveland Howard, Jr.
  • RI Tree Farm Program presents Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year Award to Wee-Hoose Farm, Stephanie & Lincoln Chafee
    More Info


RIFCO Autumn 2017 Volume 27, No. 3

RIFCO Spring 2017 Volume 27, No. 2

  • Spring Program - May 6, 2017
    calendar for more info and directions.
  • Economic Impact of Forestry in RI - Wood and Forest Product business owners, including woodlot owners harvesting firewood, are encouraged to complete this important survey.
    Take Survey
  • RI Woodland Partnership developing a Position Statement on the Loss of Forest Land in RI
  • GYPSY MOTHS: What can we expect this year, and what can we do about them?? by Fern Graves, Forester, Entomologist.
    Click Here
  • Tree Farm News: LEED to Recognize Wood from ATFS Certified Forests
  • Arbor Day 2017 - RI's Official Ceremony on April 28,2017 at 11:00am at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence.

RIFCO Winter 2017 Vol. 27, No. 1



The Merrimans receive the President's Award for their donation of 30 acres to RIFCO.

  • RIFCO Awards presented at Annual Meeting include President's Award to the Merrimans, Friend of the Forest Award to Ken Payne, and Youth Forestry Award to Eryk Thoman-Thurber.
  • President's message:  RIFCO Advocates for return of Extension Forestry at URI.
  • Winter Workshop:  Working Forest Conservation Easements, Saturday, March 4, 2017 at West Greenwich Community Center.
  • Economic Impacts of RI's Forest Based Economy - Online Survey Coming Soon!

RIFCO Summer 2016 Vol 26, No. 3



Catherine Sparks, RI DEM, presents Certificate of Recognition to RI Tree Farm Chair Ronald Fasano, as other RI Tree Farm committee members and volunteer inspectors look on.

  • RIFCO Provides Testimony on Hunting Regulations - Focus on Forest Health Urged
  • Gypsy Moth Impacts on White Pine, by Rob MacMillan
    Read Article
  • Gypsy Moth & Forest Tent Caterpillars - Defoliators and Their Impact on our Woodlands
  • Tree Farm 75th Anniversary Celebration at RIFCO Demo Woodlot (see photo at right)
  • Draft Horse 101
    Saturday, August 20, 2016
    3:00 - 5:00pm
    Please call 401-268-4555 to register.

RIFCO Spring 2016 Vol 26, No. 2


  • Economic Study of RI's Green Industries to Include New Section on RI's Forest Product Industry
  • Woodland Owner Workshop Presentations on the Web
  • RI Coverts Training on May 6, 7 and 11, 2016. Go to for more info.
  • Tree Farm Program's 75th Anniversary
  • TICStudyRI: Volunteers Wanted for a Research Study
    More information at
  • RIFCO Spring Program to be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Merriman Demonstration Woodlot in Foster, RI

RIFCO Winter 2016 Vol 26, No. 1


  • Woodland Owner Workshop Series — February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2016.
    Press Release
  • Update on Northern Long-Eared Bat listing by US F&W Service
  • Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2015 Tax Year
    Click Here
  • Winter Moth Info
    Click Here
  • Tree Farm News: Milt Schumacher passes the gavel on to Ron Fasano, new Chair of the RI Tree Farm Committee .In photo above, Richard St. Aubin of Tiverton is presented with the 2015 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Award.

RIFCO Fall 2015 Vol. 25, No. 4


  • Tree Farm Fall Tour to be held October 24, 2015
  • Wetland Regulations to be Amended; Advisory Work Group to be created by DEM
  • 25 years of RIFCO Newsletters!
  • Summer Twilight Walk held August 13, 2015
    See photo at right
  • RI Tree Farm Program Chooses Recognition Pathway
    More to come on
  • Climate Change Adaptation Workshop to be held November 20 & 21, 2015

RIFCO Summer 2015 Vol. 25, No. 3


  • Summer Twilight Session to Feature Horse Logging at Wild Harmony Farm, Exeter, RI
  • Federal Rulings That May Impact Your Woodlands:
    -- Clean Water Rule
    -- Listing of No. Long-Eared Bat
  • Economic Importance of RI's Forest Based Economy
  • RI Woodland Summit Held on May 9, 2015
  • Henry Arnold Memorial Demo Woodlot Kiosk & Trail Dedication Event (photo at right)
  • Friend of the Forest Award Presented to Jim Thompson of Thompson Native Lumber, Hopkinton, RI

RIFCO Spring 2015 Vol. 25, No. 2


  • RI Woodland Summit Program and Registration available (May 9, 2015 at Camp Canonicus, Exeter, RI)
  • RI Woodland Party to celebrate RIFCO's 25th anniversary (May 9, 2015, 6:00-9:00pm, Exeter Country Club)
  • Dick Went, RIFCO Board member, now NACD 2nd Vice President
  • Deer Management Assistance Program by Tom Abbott, RI DFE
  • RIFCO to update its Forest Management Plan at the Merriman Demonstration Woodlot
    Plan will incorporate threats to forest health, including climate change adaptation and mitigation techniques.

RIFCO Winter 2015 Vol. 25, No. 1


Conservator of the Year Award
presented to Richard Nagle (R)

National SAF Award
presented to Hans T. Bergey

Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Award
presented to Tom & Antonia Bryson

  • RIFCO 25th anniversary to be celebrated on May 9th, Woodland Summit and Woodland Party
  • President's Message: Food for Thought on Forest Conservation
  • RIFCO Award Presented at Annual Meeting in November — Richard Nagle, Conservator of the Year
  • National SAF Award Presented to Hans T. Bergey at RIFCO Annual Meeting
  • Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2014 Tax Year
  • RI Woodland Partnership Develops a Position Paper: The Importance of RI's Forests in Mitigating
    and Adapting to Climate Change
  • Tree Farm News: AFF Announces Improved Tree Farm Certification Standards
  • RI Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year: Tom and Antonia Bryson of Richmond

RIFCO Fall 2014 Vol. 24, No. 4


  • President's Message:  How should we view newcomers (Invasive plants and Insects)
  • Deer Management Topic of Discussion at RIFCO Summer Twilight Tour in Great Swamp
  • Disease Issues on White Pine by Rob MacMillan
  • Wood Heat Bill Passes Mass. Legislature
  • Emerald Ash Borer Detected Close to Home
  • Rhode Island Tree Farm's Fall Tour
    Saturday, October 18, 2014

RIFCO Summer 2014 Vol. 24, No. 3


  • Summer Twilight Walk
    Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 6:00pm
    Great Swamp
    Kingston, RI
  • President's message: Consider where your drinking water comes from
  • Bacterial Wetwood or Slime FluxWhat can landowners do to manage White-tailed Deer?
    By Brian Tefft
  • RIFCO receives GZA Shareholder Grant of $2,500
  • Forest Pest Update 2014
    By Cynthia Kwolek
  • Tree Pathology: Bacterial Wetwood or Slime Flux
    By Gary Moorman, Penn State
    See photo at right
  • "Healthy Bird Habitat" from
  • RI's Forest Action Plan: Comments sought by RI DEM

RIFCO Spring 2014 Vol. 24, No. 2


  • RIFCO Spring Program
    Saturday, May 3, 2014 — 9:00am-12:00noon
    Fry Pond Road
    West Greenwich, RI
    Features deer impacts on RI's woodlands, use of GPS
    More Info
  • President's Message
    What can we do about Whitetail Deer?
    Read Message
  • Managing for Pollinators In and Around your Woodlot
    by Gary Casabona, NRCS Biologist
    Read Article
  • Rhode Island Woods Website Launched
    Visit Website
  • Native Pollinator Habitat Tour
    Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — 5:00pm-7:00pm
    Hi-on-a-Hill Herb Farm
    No. Smithfield, RI

RIFCO Winter 2014 Vol. 24, No. 1



RIFCO Fall 2013 Vol. 23, No. 4


  • Tree Farm Fall Tour
  • RIFCO Annual Meeting set for November 16, 2013 at West Valley Inn, West Warwick, RI
  • Habitat Choices & Bird Health Conditions
    Read Abstract
  • Life After Dead Wood
    Read Article

RIFCO Summer 2013 Vol. 23, No. 3


  • Summer Twilight Woods Walk
    "Assessment of Storm Damage & Snag Habitat Conditions"
    August 8, 2013
    More Info
  • Workshops: Invasive Pests - ALB and EAB
    July 23, 2013 and July 26, 2013
    Contact Cynthia Kwolek at 949-1770 for more information.
  • Thinning and Pruning Oak Sprout Clumps
    Technical article.
  • RIFCO Exhibits will be at The Green Market Festival in So. Kingstown on August 11, 2013 and at the Celebrate West Greenwich event on September 29, 2013. Local Wood topics will be featured.

RIFCO Spring 2013 Vol. 23, No. 2



(L-R) Ron Fasano, Chris Clarkin, and Jim Palmer in front of the new kiosk at the Liberty Tract Woodlot in West Greenwich.

  • Spring Program — May 18, 2013
    South County Rod & Gun Club
  • President's Message — Local Wood Products
  • Woodland Ambassadors Recruited for Outreach Efforts
  • Kiosk Built at Liberty Tract Woodlot
    (see photo at right)

RIFCO Winter 2013 Vol. 23, No. 1



Bill Fortune & Viviane Valentine

  • RIFCO Short Course on Woodlot Business Topics
    More Info
  • President's message
    Click Here
  • RIFCO's 2012 Friend of the Forest
    In photo at right, RIFCO President Bill Fortune presents the "Friend of the Forest" Award to Glocester Tax Assessor Viviane Valentine.

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