RCP Stats

Coordinator: Christopher Riely

Contact Info: criely@provwater.com

Year started: 2013

Mission Statement:
“The Rhode Island Woodland Partnership (RIWP)  advances the stewardship and long-term protection of Rhode Island’s woodlands to benefit the local economy, ecological values, and community enjoyment and health. RIWP strives to increase the impact of forest conservation measures through education and information sharing.”

General Location: RI

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 776,960

Acres Conserved by Partnership: N/A (some RIWP partners organizations work and collaborate on land conservation projects and RIWP does related education and advocacy work, but land/easement acquisition is not currently a partnership activity)

Number of Partners: 20

RCP Status: Emerging/Maturing

Steps Taken in Forming Partnership:

  • Draft a vision, mission statement, goals, and/or objectives
  • Develop an RCP website
  • Engage state agencies, federal agencies, and/or philanthropic organizations
  • Craft a compelling case statement

Funding sources:

  • Federal Grant or Program (NRCs Conservation Innovation Grant; have applied for Forest Service LSR grant)
  • Philanthropic Foundation
  • RCP Member Supported (in kind support)

Website:  http://rhodeislandwoods.uri.edu/ri-woodland-partnership/

RCP Activities


  • Securing funding
  • Planning/Capacity building
  • Education (community engagement, workshops, Local wood, etc)
  • Policy (especially related to climate change and forest fragmentation)
  • Stewardship/management (Landowner engagement, etc)
  • Climate resilience
  • Mapping/establishing conservation priorities
  • Communications/branding projects
  • Organizational development
  • Research
  • Forest-related economic development (wood industry focus group, etc.)

Current Activities:

  • Convening partners
  • Visioning and strategic planning
  • Promoting collaboration between forestry and land conservation communities
  • Information sharing
  • Coordinating activities
  • Organizing events
  • State climate change policy advocacy
  • Capacity building
  • Outreach/education

Current Project Highlights:

  • "Forestry for Rhode Island's Birds" NRCS State Conservation Innovation Grant ($30k matching grant for $60k project over 2017-2020)
  • RI Pocket Guide and Guide for Forestry/Natural Resources Professionals in development

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Completion of 2017-21 Strategic Plan, which was subsequently recognized with a Rhode Island Smart Growth Award
  • Awarded "Forestry for Rhode Island's Birds" NRCS State Conservation Innovation Grant ($30k matching grant for $60k project over 2017-2020)
  • Collaborated to develop position statements on "The Importance of Rhode Island's Forests in Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change" and "Preventing the Loss of Rhode Island's Forests," with related outreach efforts

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