Five farmers share their stories - the urgent need to protect Rhode Island’s remaining working farms is complicated by challenges that farmers face: finding land to farm and sustaining the economic viability of farms.
Protecting Rhode Island's Working Farms
Go to the Farm Conservation page for the Council's other videos and reports about farm conservation in Rhode Island.
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 where you can get outdoors and explore the special places land trusts are protecting.
RI Land & Water Conservation Summit - Save the date!
Will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Plan to join leaders from land trust and other conservation organizations from around the state for a day full of "how to" workshops on all aspects of land and water conservation. A video of the 2017 kenote address by Dr. Eric Chivian, the full program, and presentations and handouts from many of the 33 workshops are available at the Land & Water Partnership website.
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:
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.
Green Economy BondFact sheet — with details about all the elements of the bond referendum.