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Renewable Resources Extension Act Program

The Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) Program at the University of Rhode Island provides resource managers and private forestland owners with educational programs, tools and information to sustain and properly manage Rhode Island’s renewable natural resource. Base funding support for this Program is provided by the USDA CSREES. These Program funds are leveraged by funding from a variety of federal, state, and local agencies.

This Program is a collaboration between the URI Cooperative Extension Natural Resources and Environment Program and the Environmental Data Center. 

Program Objectives

  • Provide technical information, resources, training, and conduct pilot studies through which the best available natural resource data are made available to forest landowners, municipalities, professionals, and environmental and state organizations, and agencies for natural resource management.
  • Promote the development of sound public policy to sustain the State’s renewable resources.
  • Train land use managers in the value and use of geospatial technologies and to provide guidance for the integration of these technologies into the decision-making framework for resource management. 

Target Audiences

  • Forest landowners, government agencies, interest groups, and policy makers. These groups are addressing the complexities of managing Rhode Island's renewable resources.

Program Components

Forest Management

  • Education and Training for Private Forest Landowners works in partnership with federal, state, and local agencies and organizations to provide materials and training to forest landowners on sustainable forest management.

Public Policy in Forest and Rangelands

Pilot Projects


  • Creates tailored training programs and develop educational materials needed by small acreage woodland owners.

Critical Lands for Conservation

  • Developed a simple analytical protocol that provides local conservation organizations guidance in identifying the most important lands for conservation.

Environmental Monitoring in Rhode Island

  • A comprehensive review of air, land, and water monitoring in Rhode Island, including citizen monitoring of freshwater systems.

The Rhode Island Resource Protection Project

  • Project to identify the region's most ecologically healthy areas. Recognizing that human health and welfare are dependent on healthy, functioning natural ecosystems, and that there is a limited amount of time and money to spend on protecting the natural resources that make-up ecosystems, this process was developed to target the states' most important natural resources for attention.

Municipal Applications

  • Specific applications developed closely with Rhode Island communities to meet their goals. Past efforts include Environmental Geography of South Kingstown, Warwick Large Scale Orthophotography, West Greenwich Natural Resource Inventory.