The Nature Conservancy worked with RIDEM to acquire 120 acres of Tiverton Rod & Gun Club property, opening the land for public recreation.
The Nature Conservancy had an amazing year conserving land in perpetuity throughout the state for environmental and recreation purposes. From Johnston, to Block Island, to Tiverton and everywhere in between important tracts were conserved for the public and future generations to enjoy. Many different types of property were protected including freshwater, farmland, forest, field and shore.
With the help of our many conservation partners including: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, The Champlin Foundations, Block Island Conservancy, Block Island Land Trust, West Greenwich Land Trust, and US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Conservancy preserved 15 properties throughout the state totaling over 750 acres. A sum of $6,979,000 was spent for the properties, which had a fair market value of $11,585,000. Amazingly, 4 of these properties were outright donations! The Conservancy could not have had this banner year without the help and support of our donors and conservation partners.
Not to rest on our laurels, early 2013 is already shaping up to be a busy one with 8 tracts totaling 335 acres scheduled to be conserved by March. These properties are in Glocester, West Greenwich, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Block Island.
What happens after March 2013 is yet to be determined - but rest assured - with our conservation partners we will continue to identify key properties throughout the state and conserve them!
If you would like to know more about the work the Rhode Island Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is doing in land protection and conservation in Rhode Island call 401-331-7110 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.