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Jim Turenne began working on county soil surveys in Massachusetts as a field soil mapper for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1987. Present day, as Rhode Island’s assistant state soil scientist, Turenne works closely with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on a number of coastal resilience projects.

Zoe Clougher of Rogers High School  Credit: Scott Dickison

This summer, a small group of high school students strengthened the Sachuest salt marsh in Rhode Island, planting over 175 native grass plugs along the wetlands of the Maidford River. This Hurricane Sandy funded resilience project at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, in partnership with Save the Bay, aims to expand, cover and recolonize an area on the marsh that has been bare since the mid 2000s.

Scott Comings directs a group of Brown University students during a migratory songbird banding on Clay Head, Block Island Credit: Heather Leslie, PhD, The Nature Conservancy, Rhode Island Chapter Board of Trustees

Scott Comings’ conservation path began with a year-long, outdoor education program in ninth grade. Today he channels his passion for the natural world as Associate Director of the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In partnership with the Service, Comings is overseeing Hurricane Sandy-funded projects in Rhode Island such as removal of White Rock dam on the Pawcatuck River.

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