The North Kingstown Growth Management Program was adopted in 1999 to guide strategies and actions by the town. The aggressive plan has particularly prioritized open space protection. In the last year, 338 acres of farmland and 136 acres of wetland have been purchased in partnership with the USDA, RI DEM and the RI Water Resources Board. In November 2000, the town voters approved a four million dollar bond referendum to be used for additional purchases of open space and farmland. Programs for environmental education and watershed restoration have also been created with the US Environmental Protection Agency, URI's Cooperative Extension and Save the Bay.