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Our Coyote Smart Island Forum Was a Success!

Dr. Numi Mitchell of the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study presented her research and we had a lively discussion with our panel on the state and local response to the presence of coyotes on Aquidneck Island. Thank you to everyone who attended and asked great questions. Also thank you to our partner CoyoteSmarts, moderator Brad Shear of Potter League for Animals, and all of our panelists. Read more



Forum Tackles Rising Coyote Population

Courtesy of Newport This Week | By Christopher Allen | on October 10, 2019

About 100 people gathered in the auditorium of the CCRI Newport campus on Oct. 2 to hear a presentation on the state of the coyote population on Aquidneck Island, followed by a forum on what can be done to lessen the perceived nuisances they are causing residents…

…[Dr. Numi] Mitchell gave examples where addressing a food source led to a decrease in human interactions, such as around Newport’s Carroll Avenue, where a coyote had returned frequently to take advantage of pear trees that had dropped pieces of fruit. “They will become very bold [and] expect food to be there,” she said. “Coyotes are getting subsidized by people. And these kinds of food we can actually control.” …continue reading on Newport This

Island Waters Update

Our Island Waters initiative continues to make strides toward restoring the quality of our fragile watershed. Developments such as the extension of our grant with EPA’s Southeast New England Program and forward momentum at the Hoogendoorn Nurseries project site in Middletown are important steps toward improving water quality for Aquidneck Island residents.

Click to learn more about the Island Waters initiative and continue to follow us for updates as we break ground on these exciting projects!

Presentation at Rotary Club of Middletown

AIPC Executive Director John Shea and Director Bob Andrews recently presented at the Rotary Club of Middletown about our progress on the West Side Master Plan. The goal of the plan and of AIPC is to preserve and improve the environment, economy and quality of life on Aquidneck Island to ensure that the Island remains a great place to live, work, play and thrive.

Thank you to Middletown Rotary for your commitment to Aquidneck Island!

Upcoming Partner Events

Stormwater Innovation Expo
10/30/19 | 8:30AM-12:30PM | Casino at Roger Williams Park | Hosted by Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Coalition.
Discover the latest trends in stormwater management technology and professional services at RI’s first Stormwater Innovation Expo! Register online.

5K Race for Open Space
11/2/19 | 9:00 AM | The Glen (Linden Lane, Portsmouth) | Hosted by Aquidneck Land Trust.
This family-friendly event takes place on the beautiful Sakonnet Greenway Trail, the longest nature trail on the island. Gifts, prizes, refreshments, fresh autumn air…it’s the perfect New England day! Register online.

Beers for Gears
11/9/19 | 5-7 PM | Bike Newport, 62 Broadway | Hosted by Bike Newport.
Calling all bike mechanics and volunteers! Come eat, drink, and help tune up bikes to get them road-ready for the annual Pell Elementary School bike giveaway. Join Facebook Event.

Show Your Support for the Future of Aquidneck Island

For over three decades, the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC) has worked to preserve and improve the environment, economy, and quality of life on Aquidneck Island.

While we rely on grants from private foundations, state and federal agencies, and our three Island municipalities to fund our primary programs, we would not be able to have these conversations without financial support from individual members of our community.

We ask you to please make a tax-deductible gift to invest in the future of your Island. AIPC is an integral, unbiased voice in a time when we are more divided than ever.

We need your support now more than ever. Donate Now.