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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-07-2019

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6 THE VALLEY NOVEMBER 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – When Cumberland resident Tony Alves started hunting 50 years ago, he often came across other hunters searching for deer and turkey in the woods of Rhode Island. These days, the former president of the Cumberland Beagle Club said, the sport is safer than it used to be, but that hasn't stopped present-day hunt- ers from getting pulled away by the distractions of modern life. "Unfortunately I don't see a lot of hunters in the woods," he told The Valley Breeze. "Years past, I would come across one or two hunters in the woods, but times have changed, so either people are working and don't have recreation time, or maybe there's less hunters." Alves and his son, Matt, are both active hunters, but according to data gathered by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, they're part of a declin- ing trend. From 2000 to 2017, the number of licensed hunters living in Rhode Island fell from 10,530 to 6,291, a 40 percent drop. The number of deer permits purchased by hunters showed a similar drop, from 17,827 in 2000 to 14,391 in 2017. That's concerning news for anyone involved with wildlife conservation, according to Dylan Ferreira, senior wildlife biologist for the RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife. In 1937, Congress passed the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, ensuring that the vast majority of state conservation efforts are funded through hunting and fishing activities and firearms sales. Better known as the Pittman- Robertson Act for its sponsors, the law places an 11 percent federal excise tax on long guns and ammunition and a 10 percent tax on handguns, earmark- ing the proceeds for conservation and hunter education. "You have a pot of money that's then distributed to the state and the state agencies from the federal govern- ment," Ferreira explained. Interest in shooting sports and fire- arms sales have remained strong, but the decline in hunters impacts the amount of money Rhode Island is eligible to receive, he said. Pittman- Robertson funds are distributed in part based on the number of licensed hunters in the state, so states with more hunters can receive more funds. On top of that, states are required to provide a 25 percent match, funds pri- marily generated through license and permitting fees for hunting and fishing. The end result is that small states such as Rhode Island, which don't generate as much income as larger states with active hunting populations, are sometimes limited in how much they can match and have to turn away federal funds. "Essentially, we're leaving money at the table that we're not using, so it just goes back to the federal government," said Ferreira. Pittman-Robertson funds are the primary driver of conservation pro- grams in Rhode Island. This year, the state purchased 103 acres abutting Glocester's Durfee Hill Management Area for just over $350,000 and another 16 acres abutting Burrillville's Round Top Management area for $120,000, all with federal and state conservation funds. The act also funds conservation programs for game and non-game species, including the threatened New England Cottontail. Once the primary rabbit species in Rhode Island, the New England Cottontail has since been replaced by the more common Eastern Cottontail and fallen prey to development and lack of new forest growth. "With a lot of the urbanization of Rhode Island and the fire manage- ment that we have, there's just less and less habitat for these rabbits," said Ferreira. In addition to funding conservation programs, he said, deer hunting can actually benefit the environment by helping to keep the state's thriving deer population in check. Though it might be difficult for someone outside the hunting community to understand, he said, permitted hunting is all part of a managed conservation program statewide. "I think that's one of the main things we have to kind of overcome, is it's hard for someone who's not intimately involved in the process to think that someone who's hunting and maybe harvesting a deer or two deer a year is actually benefitting deer in general and other species." That's one of the reasons the state offers a long list of hunter educa- tion programs, also funded by the Pittman-Robertson Act. In addition to the basic course required to get a hunting license, the Division of Fish and Wildlife offers workshops on everything from marksmanship to wild game cooking, most of them free of charge. Young people aren't hunting much One of the areas of focus is edu- cating young hunters ages 12 to 14. According to Michael DiPietro, the state's hunter safety education coor- dinator, many teenagers today don't have a family background in hunting, so the free programs allow potential new hunters to try out the sport. "Not every kid today has a family member who is into hunting to men- tor them and show them the way," he said. DiPietro, a Hopkinton resident and longtime hunter, spent many years as a volunteer hunter safety instruc- tor and environmental police officer before taking over the position this year. Like Alves, he described hunting as a rite of passage in his family. His own son got his first hunting license just after his 12th birthday, but now, at 16, rarely has the time to head out into the woods. "He plays sports, he plays football, he wrestles and runs track," said DiPietro. "He doesn't have a lot of time for hunting. He hasn't taken it to this point as seriously as I would've With hunting in decline across state, conservation funds in jeopardy By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com DYLAN FERREIRA, left, and JENNY KILBURN, both employees of the RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife, speak to youth during a recent Youth Waterfowl Mentored Hunt Training Day. The free program is one of many recruitment efforts the state has to get young people interested in the sport. See HUNTING, Page 13 The Town of Cumberland, through the Office of Planning and Community Development, is seeking proposals from qualified architectural and/or engineering firms with experience in historic preservation to prepare a Conditions Assessment Report for the Cumberland Town Hall at 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI. This project is being funded by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service and administered by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. Sealed proposals clearly marked "Town Hall Conditions Assessment – Bid #2019- 1202-18" are due by Monday, December 2, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Town of Cumberland Finance Department, Town Hall, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864. At that time, all bids received will be publicly opened and read aloud in Town Hall Chambers. Include one (1) original and five (5) copies of your proposal. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available in the Finance Department, and electronic copies can be downloaded from the Planning Department's webpage at https://www.cumberlandri.org/office-planning-and-community-development A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Cumberland Town Hall. This meeting is not mandatory but is highly recommended. Any questions concerning this RFP must be submitted in writing by 12:00 PM on Monday, November 25, 2019 to: Mr. Glenn Modica, Town Planner, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864; or by email to gmodica@cumberlandri.org. Any addenda issued will be posted on the Planning Department's webpage and sent via email to all bidders requesting the RFP. Jonathan Stevens Director of Planning and Community Development TOWN OF CUMBERLAND Office of Planning and Community Development REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: "Cumberland Town Hall Conditions Assessment" Bid # 2019-1202-18 INVITATION TO BID The Woonsocket Housing Authority, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from Contractors for completing Re-construction of Fire-Damaged Apartments #26 & 62 at the Veterans Memorial housing development, RI 3-2; in accordance with the documents prepared by William Starck Architects, Inc., 126 Cove Street, Fall River, Massachusetts. The work generally includes, but is not limited to the following: New finishes, doors, windows, cabinets, plumbing, plumbing fixtures, electrical panel, re-wiring of apartments, receptacles, switches, etc. Bids are subject to Equal Employment Opportunities, bonding requirements and other bidding and contract requirements as set forth in the construction documents. Bids will be received until 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at the Woonsock- et Housing Authority, 679 Social Street, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. Bids shall be accompanied by a Bid Deposit that is not less than five percent (5%) of the bid amount and made payable to the Woonsocket Housing Authority. Bid Forms and Bid Documents will be available for pick-up, in PDF format on compact disc (CD) beginning Monday, November, 11, 2019 at the office of the Architect, William Starck Architects, Inc., 126 Cove Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, 02720, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. A deposit for Bidding Documents is required in the form of certified or cashier's check in the amount of Forty Dollars ($40.00) per CD, payable to the Woonsocket Housing Authority. This deposit will be refunded upon return of the CD in good condition within ten (10) days of the bid opening. Otherwise, the deposit shall become the property of the Woonsocket Housing Authority. Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate check for Thirty Five Dollars ($35.00) per set, payable to William Starck Architects, Inc., to cover mailing and handling costs. If mailed, bids shall be sent to the Woonsocket Housing Authority, 679 Social Street, Woon- socket, Rhode Island, 02895 and received no later than the date and time specified above. A Pre-bid conference is scheduled for 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the project site, 2 Bourdon Boulevard, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895. Meet at the Administration/ Maintenance building. Bids are subject to prevailing wage rates as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. The Woonsocket Housing Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any informalities in the bidding if it be in the public interest to do so. WOONSOCKET HOUSING AUTHORITY Robert R. Moreau, Executive Director AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

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