State Government Press Releases

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05/05/2017
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reports that moderate to high concentrations of gypsy moth caterpillars are expected this spring across the state. While a nuisance, the caterpillars do not pose a public health threat and will eventually die off naturally.
05/04/2017
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will hold a public workshop and public hearing this month to discuss proposed changes to regulations governing freshwater fishing, falconry, hunting, and parks and management areas. WHAT: Public workshop on...
05/02/2017
Reduced parking fees remain in effect at state beaches, Some facilities open May 13 with weekend hours PROVIDENCE Beach season kicks off this month in Rhode Island, with reduced parking fees in effect at state facilities. Again this year, daily beach parking for residents will be $6.00 on...
04/26/2017
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) in partnership with the Rhode Island Tree Council, the City of Providence, and National Grid will hold a special celebration on Friday to mark the 130th anniversary of Arbor Day. As part of the event, several Rhode...
04/26/2017
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced Free Fishing Weekend will take place Saturday, May 6 Sunday, May 7. As part of the event, the public is invited to fish without a fishing license or trout conservation stamp in the state's freshwaters....
04/17/2017
PROVIDENCE -The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is hosting several events in celebration of Earth Day to encourage families to get outdoors and explore Rhode Island. Opportunities include birdwatching, a visit to a trout hatchery, and cleanups at state beaches in South...
04/14/2017
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will conduct a controlled burn of 20 acres of Nicholas Farm Wildlife Management Area in Coventry this spring. The burn, conducted over three days, will help control underbrush as well as enhance wildlife habitat and support...
04/11/2017
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminds residents to remove potential food sources from their properties as black bears emerge from hibernation. Increasing bear populations in the region have led to more frequent sightings especially in rural areas of...
04/06/2017
High Water Levels and Quick Currents Expected Due to Recent Rainfalls PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is advising anglers to avoid rivers and use caution as the trout fishing season kicks off at sunrise on Saturday. Due to recent heavy rainfalls,...
04/05/2017
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Law Enforcement (DLE) is seeking information about two recent incidents on Aquidneck Island of coyotes with illegal leg-hold traps. Anyone with information on who set these traps is asked to contact DLE at 401-222-...