Rhode Island

Our State Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. Goals

NWTF Rhode Island manages land for the betterment of wildlife wildlife.
NWTF Rhode Island believes the future of hunting and conservation rests in recruiting more hunters.
NWTF Rhode Island understands public access to hunting grounds is critical to the future of our sport.
  • If you enjoy wildlife, wild places and our hunting heritage, you’re in right place and with the right people.
  • NWTF volunteers and partners have an initiative called Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. with three national goals: conserve/enhance 4 million acres of critical wildlife wildlife habitat, recruit 1.5 million hunters, and open access to 500,000 new acres for hunting.
  • Join the ranks of thousands of NWTF volunteers — a winning team committed to saving what’s important to them and you. Ask your NWTF representative how.

At the National Wild Turkey Federation, the outdoors isn’t just what’s on the other side of the glass, it’s where we feel most alive. And we’re making America the best it can be for the people and wildlife who call it home. The NWTF has divided the country in six areas — America’s Big Six of Wildlife Conservation — to focus our effort on the most critical wildlife habitat needs.  

Rhode Island is part of America’s Colonial Forests. NWTF Rhode Island is committed to maintain healthy hardwood forests, stop habitat loss, increase habitat diversity and winter wildlife survival.

Learn more about America’s Big Six of Wildlife Conservation

Team Rhode Island


Phil Ferrare
Director of Field Operations - Northeast
(814) 796-6983
Brian Zielinski
Senior Director of Conservation Programs – Eastern Region
(386) 740-7107
Douglas Little
Director of Conservation Operations - Northeast
(518) 239-4427
Matthew DiBona
District Biologist
Shawn McWilliams
Sr. Director of Event Fundraising East
Carter Heath
Regional Director
Ray Smith
Eastern Director of Development

Technical Committee

Brian Tefft
Principal Wildlife Biologist
NWTF Events