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Charlestown’s Land Trust preserves and protects the distinctive character of our local area through acquisition and management of open space.

The 2022 Letter From our Board

Spring is coming, and with it, an uptick in activity at CLT.

AngelaVolunteers are out in the field doing our annual monitoring of CLT properties and conservation easements.This yearly responsibility checks for any violations or concerns and assures the upkeep and protection of our properties in perpetuity, as we promised!

We are hoping to resume more events and programming this year so be sure to keep an eye out for details on a Summer Party, Annual Trail Run, and much more.

Plans are underway for this year’s Farmers Market. Summer 2022 is our 15th Farmers Market season! The market will once again run weekly from Friday, June 24th to Friday, September 2nd from 9:00AM to 12:30PM on the grounds of the Church of the Holy Spirit, 4150 Old Post Rd in Charlestown (but stay tuned, as location and hours may be tweaked this year!). Angela

You can look forward to once again enjoying local, fresh produce, fruits, honey, shellfish, specially prepared dishes, baked goods, and more! We are excited to gather once again and enjoy live music while celebrating the summer bounty of local South County.

The Charlestown Land Trust has been preserving and protecting the distinctive character of our local area and offers this market as a way to connect the community and promote land stewardship.

For news and updates visit our CLT Facebook page and our Instagram page (@clt_farmersmarket)

Happy Spring!
Angela Brunetti
Executive Director

Board of Directors:
Linda Boback
Jane Burns
Patrice Fenton
Dave Fredrikson
Kathie Gibson
Mark Hinkley
Keith Killingbeck
Sheila Martin
Bill McCusker
John Varadian

2022 CLT Annual Summer Party!

Thursday July 21, 2022 - 6:00PM

We are excited to announce the return of our Annual Summer Party! It has been too long since we’ve seen our friends and supporters. Join us on Thursday, July 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM for a beautiful summer evening on the grounds of The Nordic in Charlestown.

Enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres (The Nordic is known for their delectable food!) while listening to live music by the Charlestown band Jus Tus. A cash bar will be available.

We will also take a moment to celebrate Karen Jarret who is retiring after 14 years of service and dedication to CLT. We will hold a 50/50 raffle at the event with proceeds going toward a bench that will be placed at the Patricia Sprague Preserve commemorating Karen’s commitment to CLT and the community.

Tickets are $85 per person and are available at the 2022 Summer Party Registration Form

Or, you can mail a check with the names of your attendees. Checks payable to: Charlestown Land Trust PO Box 1387, Charlestown RI 02813. Please purchase your tickets by July 14.

Conserving Charlestown

Two Families Donate Conservation Easements to Protect Their Land

Richard and Mary Heines and George and Susan Tremblay were looking for a way protect the land they hold dear in Charlestown. Long-time residents with deep roots in the community, they have stewarded their wooded properties carefully for decades and didn’t want to see them lost to development. In the end, they independently arrived at the same solution: preserving their open space by donating the development rights to the Charlestown s Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. We’re honored that the Heines and Tremblay families entrusted us to keep their land safe.

Both properties have significant ecological value in the context of larger natural area. The 45-acre Heines property is just southwest of the Carter Preserve, and contributes to a growing corridor of conservation along the Pawcatuck River. The Tremblays’ 40-acre tract provides a buffer to the wetlands around Pasquiset Pond, part of an important drinking water recharge area for southern Rhode Island. We are deeply grateful to the Heines and Tremblay families for their generous gifts. We are also lucky to have a terrific community partner in the Nature Conservancy, which will co-hold the conservation easements that protect both properties in perpetuity.

The Charlestown Land Trust has several other projects where the seeds of change have been planted; with the hope of protecting what we love here in Charlestown. New, permanent charitable tax incentives approved by Congress in 2015 have provided a powerful conservation tool that is already helping to save special places. For more information about the deduction, one can contact the Charlestown Land Trust, Karen Jarret, kljarret153@gmail.com, or contact Scott Comings, Associate State Director Nature Conservancy, at scomings@tnc.org

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