Whale Rock: Protecting Our Coastlines

The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island recently purchased one of the most iconic and important remaining coastal properties in the state. Thanks to a broad coalition, parts of the Narrow River and Narragansett Bay coastline are forever protected from pollution and habitat loss.

NARRAGANSETT, RI | June 28, 2011

Through a partnership with the State of Rhode Island, the Champlin Foundations, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Conservancy acquired 42.6 acres in Narragansett from the Whale Rock Land Company, LLC, for $706,000.

The Conservancy plans to acquire another 18 acres from Whale Rock in July. Additionally, the Conservancy has an agreement with Whale Rock Land Company to purchase the remaining 47 acres of the property in subsequent years.

“We are so pleased to have conserved this important property,” said Terry Sullivan, Rhode Island state director. “The coastal areas of Rhode Island define what we are as a state. Protecting our coastlines through land conservation ensures that our coastal waters will stay clean and healthy.”

The property is seen by hundreds of thousands of beachgoers each summer at Narragansett Town Beach as the green headland across the mouth of the Narrow River. The Conservancy will work with its partners and the Town of Narragansett to provide for public access on portions of the property.

The property contains important freshwater wetlands and shrub lands that provide critical habitat for migratory songbirds, especially as they migrate north across Block Island Sound seeking rest from their journey.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at www.nature.org. To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit www.nature.org/global. To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Contact information

Kevin Essington
Director of Ocean and Coastal Conservation
401-331-7110, ext. 24

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