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 our special places: the scenic open spaces, natural areas, farms, forests, historic sites, watersheds, and drinking water supplies that define the character of our communities and our state. Land trusts are protecting our heritage so that it will be a legacy for future generations.

Photo credit: David Thalmann, Aquidneck Land Trust

Land Trusts in Rhode Island are grass roots organizations that reflect the unique 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 11 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. You can help by joining and volunteering for the land trust in your community.

Visit ExploreRI for information on land trusts’ walking trails.

RI Land & Water Conservation Summit

March 11: 7:45 am – 4:00 pm
URI Memorial Union, Kingston Campus

Keynote: Dr. Eric Chivian - “Medical Models for Helping Understand Global Environmental Threats”

33 Superb “How to” Workshops on Land & Water Conservation

  • The Summit is the best place each year to network with your colleagues from around the state!
  • Attend RI Land Trust Council’s Annual Meeting (everyone is welcome)
  • Peter Merritt Award for Land Conservation
  • Visit Exhibits

This is THE CONFERENCE that provides you with the information, skills and connections you need to be more effective!

You don’t want to miss it!


Registration Only $50 before February 24

includes continental breakfast, lunch & coffee mug

… or Download the Full Program & Registration Form

More About the Summit


67% of RI Voters Approve $35 Million Green Economy Bond – Question 6!

On election day, Rhode Island voters demonstrated their ongoing strong support for land conservation by overwhelmingly approving the $35 million Green Economy Bond.  The majority of voters statewide and in every town voted Yes for the bond.

These 7 municipalities had the highest approval rates:

  • #1 Central Falls - 84.7% 
  • #2 New Shoreham - 84.3% 
  • #3 Providence - 82.9% 
  • #4 Newport - 76.5%
  • #5 Pawtucket - 74.6%
  • #6 Barrington - 71.8%
  • #7 South Kingstown - 70.5%

Check out voter’s strong support for the Green Economy Bond. Here are the vote results by municipality.

The Green Economy Bond provides:
$4 million for the Local Open Space Grants Program; and
$4 million for RIDEM’s land protection program.

Since 1985, Local Open Space Grants have made it possible for land trusts and municipalities to protect the special places in our communities. During these 30 years, Open Space Grants have helped to protect over 160 properties and more than 10,000 acres. 

©Copyright 2011-2016 RI Land Trust Council/TSNE