RI Land Trust Council Timeline

1972

First local land trusts formed in Rhode Island in Little Compton & Block Island.

1999

First statewide land trust conference – brings land trust leaders from across the state together to network and share skills.

RI Land Trust Council is formed and holds its first meeting. The Nature Conservancy is fiscal sponsor and host for the Council.

2000

Council holds its first workshop and begins an ongoing program to help land trust leaders build their knowledge and skills for protecting land and running an effective organization.

Council's first bylaws are adopted.

2002

Council approves its first strategic plan and establishes its core mission and goals.

2003

Executive Director is hired for the Council.

Land & Water Conservation Partnership is established to help land trust and watershed leaders network, collaborate and improve their skills and organizations' effectiveness.

Council initiates "E-news" to board members of land trusts - empowering land trusts leaders and creating a sense of community that dramatically increases the Council's grass roots network and ability to influence state policies and legislation.

2004

Council coordinates and leads advocacy for statewide $70 million Open Space, Recreation, Bay and Watershed Protection Bond referendum.

First Land & Water Conservation Summit is attended by over 200 community conservation organization leaders.

National land trust Rally is held in Providence. Council coordinates the state's land trusts as host for Rally.

2006

Council is one of seven organizations that form the RI Conservation Stewardship Collaborative to improve stewardship of protected lands in Rhode Island.

2009

Third Sector New England becomes Council's fiscal sponsor and Council office moves to Audubon Society of RI in Smithfield in response to The Nature Conservancy's decision to terminate their employment of the Executive Director and fiscal sponsorship for the Council.

2010

Council convenes FarmRI 2.0 - a statewide discussion about farm conservation.

Seventh Land & Water Conservation Summit sets attendance record with over 325 participants and 31 workshops.

2011

Council completes a new three-year strategic plan.

 

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