Our Vision for 2030
Rhode Island's cities, towns and villages reflect its colonial agricultural and maritime heritage as well as its more recent industrial and tourist economies. The state is graced with an enduring rural landscape and miles of coastline within easy reach. It is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Thriving farms, verdant forests, healthy watersheds, accessible shoreline, abundant greenways and clean drinking water are conserved and protected in perpetuity. Special places and open spaces of local and national significance are conserved, protecting the unique character and history valued by our communities.
Photo Credit: Tiverton Land Trust
Nearly a century of conservation effort and increasing public education have resulted in widespread public support for protecting and funding open space conservation in communities throughout the state. From Burrillville to Block Island, Coventry to Little Compton, we value and enjoy the protected lands that nourish and sustain our quality of life.
A strong, collaborative and comprehensive network of public and private land trusts and other land conservation organizations are the champions of this land conservation movement. Volunteers from all walks of life actively engage in the organizational work of land trusts, protecting and stewarding land and maintaining and defending the state's green infrastructure.
Rhode Islanders recognize and appreciate the role that land trusts play. Landowners know where to turn for assistance protecting their land as conservation organizations are active in nearly every community. State legislation and the land trusts' stewardship activities serve to safeguard protected lands and ensure their sound management.
The Rhode Island Land Trust Council is a hub and catalyst for the land conservation movement in Rhode Island. We draw on the collective expertise and resources of the state's land trusts to ensure responsible and successful conservation. Working statewide as a coalition of over 40 land trusts, we support each other's work protecting Rhode Island's natural resources and heritage for future generations. By actively engaging in promoting public policy, the RILTC is proactive in addressing legal threats that challenge the permanent protection of special places in our communities. And in the end, our collective efforts enable us to skillfully deploy community resources to strengthen land trust capacity, enhance collaborative action and ensure supportive public policy.