- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state’s environmental leaders are gathering at the University of Rhode Island for a summit on land and water conservation.

The Rhode Island Land Trust Council, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Clean Water Action and the Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions organized Saturday’s summit.

More than 300 people are expected to attend the annual event.

The group includes members of land trusts, watershed organizations and conservation commissions, as well as state and local officials. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo plans to attend.

The summit features conservation workshops and a keynote speech by National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O’Mara.

O’Mara plans to discuss what the nation can learn from Rhode Island about marrying grassroots activism with forward-thinking public policy to address threats to natural resources.

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