Rhode Island Land Trust Council

The Rhode Island Land Trust Council is a coalition of the state's land trusts - community-based organizations formed to protect land that preserves the open spaces, natural areas, scenic character, farm lands, forests, historic sites, watersheds, and drinking water supplies that define the character of our communities and our state. Collectively, land trusts are preserving the special places that are our heritage and will be our legacy for future generations.

Photo credit: David Thalmann, Aquidneck Land Trust Land Trusts in Rhode Island are grass roots organizations that reflect the uniqueness and priorities of their communities. Rhode Island’s first land trusts were formed in 1972. Today there are over 45 land trusts in the state.

Only 7 Rhode Island land trusts have staff - the others are volunteer organizations. Dozens of people across the state volunteer 100's of hours to preserve and manage our communities' most valued open space lands.

Get outdoors! Visit ExploreRI for information on land trusts’ walking trails.

Discover YOUR true nature during Land Trust Days

August 8 thru September 28: Check out the special events for everyone, at every age - guided hikes, full moon walks, farm tours, hot dog roasts, community festivals,and a whole lot more. Join us for our kick-off celebration on August 8.

RI General Assembly placed a $53 million “Clean Water, Open Space and Healthy Communities” Bond Referendum on the November ballot for voter approval.

While this bond includes $3 million for farmland conservation, the General Assembly eliminated all funding for Local Open Space Grants from the bond.

Thank you to everyone who made calls and sent emails to state Senators and Representatives asking them to restore funding in the bond for local open space grants as proposed by Governor Chafee.

The bond referendum on the November ballot includes:

  • $3 million for a DEM farmland protection program
  • $5 million for brownfield remediation
  • $3 million for flood prevention including dam repair and removal
  • $4 million for local recreation grants
  • $18 million for Roger Williams Park & Zoo
  • $20 million for Clean Water Finance Agency
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