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Coastal Landscapes Program

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council has partnered with the URI CELS Outreach Center (CEOC) to develop new approaches to landscape management on suburban coastal properties.

The goal of the Coastal Landscapes Program is to create a climate of cooperation among property owners, landscapers and other green industry professionals, and the CRMC to protect our valuable coastal resources and encourage environmental stewardship in Rhode Island. To achieve this goal, a multi-tiered education, outreach and demonstration program has been developed for CRMC staff, Rhode Island residents, and green industry professionals.

Some of the resources created through this partnership include:

An Interactive Coastal Plant Database for use by home gardeners, landscape professionals and regulatory staff. The database is intended to serve as a reference for people who design, install and manage coastal landscapes. The many of the plants in the database are native to Rhode Island, and none are found on any invasive or potentially invasive plant lists. All plants have been selected for their ability to tolerate conditions found in coastal areas, such as sandy soils, wind and salt spray. This database will help users create sustainable coastal landscapes that have wildlife habitat value and fewer maintenance requirements. The database also references URI’s List of Coastal Plant Suppliers(PDF) to help you find the plants you are looking for.

An Invasive Plant Management Certification Program for green industry professionals providing invasive management service to clients in coastal areas. The goal of this program is to train green industry professionals working in the coastal zone to provide sustainable invasive plant management services to clients and to facilitate restoration of degraded coastal habitats. Training topics include site assessment and inventory, landscape management plan development, control measure selection, revegetation and CRMC regulations. To view a list of certified Invasive Managers, click here. For a list of Rhode Island invasive plant species, click here.

Updated guidance materials for regulated coastal buffer zones. These include a Coastal Buffer Planting Guide (PDF) that provides guidance for coastal buffer zone restoration and enhancement, and an updated version of CRMC’s Buffer Zone and Invasive Plant Management Guidance (PDF), which outlines management options for coastal property owners under current CRMC regulations.

Please contact Caitlin Chaffee with questions about the URI/CRMC Coastal Landscapes program or related materials.

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