Public Trust & Shoreline Access in Rhode Island
March 19
Starting at 7pm
Virtual - Zoom









38 Attending

Public Trust & Shoreline Access in Rhode Island concept of “Public Trust Doctrine” asserts that certain resources, such as access to pass along and fish from the shore, are owned by the public and entrusted to the state to manage as a trustee. Since it was first upheld in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1842, the concept of Public Trust Doctrine in the United States has been challenged by social and economic forces like commercialization and privatization and more recently by climate change.

Join the New England Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers for a conversation on Public Trust and access along Rhode Island’s coastal shoreline. Conversation topics will include a history of the public’s access to and usage of the shore in Rhode Island, challenges to public shore access, and the 1986 Convention that resulted in the current Public Trust language in Rhode Island’s Constitution. We will also be discussing active legislative bills (H5469 & S0521) in Rhode Island’s General Assembly that intend to better define and protect the public’s access to the shore and reduce conflicts, how the legislative process in Rhode Island works, and opportunities for the public to engage in the legislative process.

Presenters are:

Dennis Nixon – Professor Emeritus of Marine Affairs & Coastal Zone Law, University of Rhode Island

Terri Cortvriend – RI Representative, District 72 Portsmouth

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March 19, 2021 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual - Zoom
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Edward OBrien Charles Perry Ed OBrien John McNally Carl DiRocco Tyler Faria Tom Beckman todd corayer David Craven Daniela Craven Ja Macfarlan Rick Chace Thomas Bienkiewicz Drew Seils Trish Burger Susan Cornacchia Alana DiMario Brianna Lee Michael woods Christopher Hennessey

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John McNally
Carl DiRocco
David Craven
Thomas Bienkiewicz
Trish Burger
Susan Cornacchia
Michael woods

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