The Division of Planning works with the RIDEM Division of Forest and Environment concerning the issues related to the management of tree resources and to advance local stewardship of the tree resources of the State. The Division helps through implementation of two State Guide Plans related to forest resources. The two Elements provide guidance that is intended to advance the effectiveness of public and private stewardship of the state’s tree and forest resources towards the twin goals of a healthy, sustainable economy and environment. As elements of the State Guide Plan, the goals and policies must under state law, be reflected in comprehensive community plans.
Forest Resources Management Plan (2005) – Element 161 - While principally focused on proper management of Rhode Island’s rural forests, this Plan eestablished a vision, goals, and policies and provides recommendations focused on the management of tree resources to advance the effectiveness of public and private stewardship of the state’s tree and forest resources.
Urban and Community Forestry Plan (1999) – Element 156 - Established a vision, goal, and policies and provides recommendations focused on the management of tree resources within the built (urban) environment. Healthy and productive urban and community forests are important assets for Rhode Island and its citizens, assets that, like other aspects of community infrastructure, must be carefully managed.
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