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CHARLESTOWN - The Dept. of Environmental Managmentâ€™s Division of Fish and Wildlife has a goal: to sustain the wildlife habitats and fisheries of Rhode Islandâ€™s woods and wetlands. To help achieve this goal, they host an Aquatic Resource Education Program every fall to help educate people on how to be safe and responsible with the environment.
The program kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 24, with an introduction to saltwater fly-fishing one-day class at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serviceâ€™s Kettle Pond Visitors Center. The event consisted of eight instructors teaching approximately 20 new anglers proper fly-fishing, casting and knot-tying techniques.
â€śWe are teaching people about aquatic resources so they will help preserve them,â€ť said Kimberly Sullivan, who has worked with the Aquatic Resource Education Program for the last eight years.
After the instruction was complete, participants and the instructor went to the Chalestown Breachway to try out their new skills.
Sullivan said that teaching people how to take part in environmental activities, like fly-fishing, other types of fishing, and even hunting, helps them respect the environment more. This is essential in preserving and sustaining the local environment.
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