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.

Land Trusts in Rhode Island are grass roots organizations Photo credit: David Thalmann, Aquidneck Land Trust 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.

Start planning now for RI Land Trust Days - August 8 - Sept. 28

Land and Water Conservation Summit

Held on Saturday, March 8 was a great success. 335 people attended. The full program and select workshop presentations and handouts are available at the Land & Water Partnership website.

RIDEM Director Janet Coit announced Open Space Grants – proposals are due June 6. Information available at the RIDEM website.

Governor Chafee’s budget proposes $75 million “Clean Water, Open Space and Healthy Communities Bond” which includes $10 million for land conservation:

  • $3 million for “local open space grants” to land trusts and municipalities
    • ($2 million of this is earmarked for protecting “land along vulnerable rivers, streams, ponds and shoreline.”)
  • $3 million for a DEM farmland purchase program; and
  • $4 million for DEM’s land conservation and acquisition program.

If approved by the General Assembly, this bond will be on the November ballot for voter approval.

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