In celebration of Earth Day, the Portsmouth Conservation Commission will host “Conservation Days” events the weekend of April 28-29.

On Saturday, April 28, there will be a Community Trash Cleanup and Fair at the Brown House at Glen Farm, Linden Lane, Portsmouth.

From 10 am to 12:30 pm, participants will pick up litter on the trails at Glen Farm (map will be provided) and bring their bags of trash back to the Brown House to exchange for a chance to win a $125 gift certificate to Rail Explorers rail bikes. People can also bring trash they’ve cleaned up in their own neighborhood if they don’t wish to walk the trails. There will be tables with information about local environmental efforts.

On Sunday, April 29, there will be an event focusing on climate change in Portsmouth from 1:30-3pm at the Portsmouth Public Library, 2658 East Main Road.

There will be presentations and discussion exploring the challenges of climate change for Portsmouth and the steps we can take to respond. Portsmouth resident John McDaid will present Al Gore’s Climate Reality slide show. Pam Rubinoff of URI Coastal Resources Center will discuss PREP-RI. Jennifer West of the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will describe their work on Prudence Island. Gary Crosby, Portsmouth Town Planner, will discuss implications for the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. There will be open Q&A and discussion.

For further info, please contact Portsmouth Conservation Commission chair Conni Harding at (401) 862-4130.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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