We are 1 million Rhode Islanders who depend on nature.
We depend on it for our livelihoods, for our health, and to enrich the quality of our everyday lives.
Centuries of industrial use and poorly-planned development on Rhode Island’s lands and waters have come at a cost.
Wild oyster reefs and many traditional fisheries have fallen off steeply. Working farmland has declined by 80% since 1940. Fragmentation of rivers and forests has resulted in impacts to wildlife, and a changing climate has put our 400 miles of coastline at greater risk.
The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island connects donors and volunteers with leading scientists and conservationists to face these problems head-on.
In short, our goal is to protect the natural character of our beautiful state.
Explore our website to learn more about how we work to make Rhode Island a better place to live by protecting our land and freshwater, restoring healthy coastal waters, and engaging people in the wonder of nature.
News & Features
The Nature Conservancy is spearheading an innovative project that enhances habitat for juvenile sportfish with recycled oyster shells.
The Rhode Island Chapter's Annual Report for 2015
Soon a new trailhead for the Conservancy’s Dundery Brook Trail will mark the beginning of a winding path through a previously hidden landscape, and will connect to the fully accessible three-quarter-mile-long boardwalk.
View the installation of Rhode Island's first "living shoreline" for marsh erosion control at Narrow River.
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The removal of the White Rock dam in Westerly, RI and Stonington, CT will open up almost 25 miles of the Pawcatuck River and associated wetlands for migrating fish such as American shad, alewife, blueback herring, American eel, and sea-run trout.
Here in Rhode Island the ocean and the coast define our way of life. Plan to be inspired by The Nature Conservancy efforts to protect our most valuable resources.
The Conservancy's shell recycling program is setting the stage to bring back oyster reefs to Rhode Island waters.