Rhode Island Land Trust Council

The Rhode Island Land Trust Council is the coalition of our state’s land trusts – community-based organizations formed to protect scenic open spaces, farms, forests, historic sites, and watersheds that define the character of our communities, keep us healthy, protect wildlife habitat and drinking water supplies, and provide local food & beautiful places for recreation. Many properties are open to the public and are traversed by hundreds of miles of walking trails. 

As part of its efforts to support land trusts throughout the state, the Rhode Island Land Trust Council has created a Land Protection Fund. The goal of this program is to help land trusts conserve important natural areas, open spaces, forests, and farmland in Rhode Island. We are offering grants for up to $3,000 to be used towards land purchase/conservation easement or related due diligence costs for acquisition.
Deadline: March 31, 2023
Contact Kate Sayles for additional details at 401.212.0832

What is a Land Trust?

A land trust is an organization that works with willing landowners to permanently conserve the land they love for public benefit. In Rhode Island most land trusts are private, non-profit 501(c)3 organizations. Other land trusts are affiliated with municipal government and are created by state legislation or municipal charter or ordinance. Land trusts agree to permanently steward and defend the land and conservation easements they hold. Rhode Island has over 45 land trusts including 18 municipal land trusts.

Our Work


RI Walks Challenge

There are 30 different nature inspired creatures along nature trails that traverse the special places that land trusts are protecting. How many can you find?


Explore RI

ExploreRI is a free interactive site that makes it easy for Rhode Islanders and visitors to find places to go kayaking, canoeing, and walking.

Land Trust Days

Land Trust Days is a 2 month celebration of some of Rhode Island’s most spectacular and breathtaking protected places.

Weeden field 2


Small conservation organizations face many of the same challenges, and run into many of the same questions.