PROVIDENCE — The state Department of Environmental Management is conducting an online survey this month to gather public input on issues related to state forests. Feedback will be used to inform the Rhode Island 2020 State Forest Action Plan and develop strategies to conserve working forest landscapes, protect forests from harm, and enhance public benefits from trees and forests.

The Rhode Island 2020 Forest Action Plan Survey takes a few minutes to complete and can be found at The survey will be open through Saturday, Aug. 31.

The 2020 revision of the action plan will include an assessment of the condition of trees and forests within state boundaries, regardless of ownership, along with strategies that address national forest conservation and protection goals. Rhode Island’s plan, first completed in 2010, must be updated every 10 years as required by the 2008 Farm Bill. The plan is available at

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