The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island announced today a land conservation acquisition in Exeter. The Conservancy acquired the 75-acre Talbot property to add to the Queens River Preserve network. This acquisition is part of a long-term initiative to conserve the stream corridors and “headwaters” areas in the watershed, which scientists say is the most effective way to ensure rivers remain clear, cold, and pure.
The 1,500-acre preserve, in eastern Exeter and West Greenwich, protects one of southern New England’s cleanest rivers from development. The Queens River is home to native brook trout and hosts rare insects found in only a few places globally.The Conservancy purchased the Talbot property for $600,000, with funds coming equally from the State of Rhode Island and The Champlin Foundations. The Conservancy plans to raise funds for transactional costs, such as surveying, through private fundraising.
Mr. Homer Talbot sold the property to the Conservancy after owning it with his late wife Velma for over forty years. “I am proud, since this was Velma’s and my wish,” said Mr. Talbot. “Conserving the property is what we always wanted to do with this land.”
“This project protects a stunning property, and also plays a key role in protecting drinking water supplies,” said Conservancy State Director Janet Coit. “We thank the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and The Champlin Foundations for their leadership and support in conserving the Talbot tract and dozens of other properties like it around the State. Thanks to this 20 year partnership the Conservancy has protected over 30,000 acres across Rhode Island for all to enjoy.”
“The State of Rhode Island is pleased to be a partner in this acquisition,” said DEM Director W. Michael Sullivan, PhD.“The Queens River is one of the state’s natural treasures.Through the long-term partnership between DEM, the Conservancy, and The Champlin Foundations we are now closer than ever to seeing the watershed conserved for future generations to enjoy.”
The Talbot property helps protect the groundwater resources of the Queens River while also providing habitat for migratory songbirds and native game species. In addition to the Conservancy-owned land in the watershed, groups such as the Audubon Society of Rhode Island manage an additional 4,300 acres of conservation land.
This acquisition is one of many the Conservancy is celebrating this year as part of its 20th anniversary. Walks at various Conservancy preserves are being offered throughout the year. To sign up for a walk and to learn more about The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island visit Field Trips & Events.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.