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Young Conservationists to Help Clear Brush, Invasives, at Briggs-Boesch Farm

Volunteers from the community are invited to pitch in on Wednesday.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Briggs-Boesch Farm will get some help with the removal of invasive plants and brush this week, thanks to a group of workers from the Rhode Island Youth Conservation League.

The East Greenwich Municipal Land Trust and the Town of East Greenwich have been selected to receive a day of labor from the league, or YCL. 

The YCL employs a crew young people who travel around the state in summer working to care for land that has been set aside for conservation. 

The eight-person crew will be in East Greenwich on Wednesday, July 16, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to tackle invasive species and brush clearing at the historic Briggs-Boesch Farm, off South Road. 

The 90-acre farm, currently leased to Pat’s Pastured, a pasture-raised livestock farm operation, embodies the Town's and state's commitment to sustainable agriculture and conservation. Volunteers from the community are encouraged to help. For more information contact: jberry@eastgreenwichri.com or call Juliana at 401-886-8645x1.

The Rhode Island Youth Conservation League is an innovative approach to meeting needs of land conservation. Growing pressure on the environment from development, invasive species, climate change, and other trends means more work to take care of conservation land. At the same time, tight public budgets and powerful social trends have reduced the pool of people with interests in or skills for outdoor tasks.

The Youth Conservation League meets the challenge by making conservation land stewardship a community activity. Crews of high school-aged youth, with college-aged leaders, tackle diverse tasks during a 5-week season and land trusts recruit volunteers to help on "Crew In Your Community Days" such as the one on July 16 in East Greenwich. 

YCL is developed by Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Natural History Survey with support from Rhode Island Conservation Stewardship Collaborative Endowment of the Rhode Island Foundation, the Captain Planet Foundation, the Coastal Institute at URI, and other funders.

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