Charlestown’s Land Trust preserves and protects the distinctive character of our local area through acquisition and management of open space.
A Letter From our President
Dear Friend of the Charlestown Land Trust,
Seasonal changes are coming and with greater daylight and warmth from the sun
weʼll all be spending more time outdoors. We hope by taking the time to explore and
walk one of the many open spaces in town you will catch the passion that is the
Charlestown Land Trust. We are people working together to protect Charlestownʼs
distinct character and beauty. We welcome new neighbors as members
to assist in our partnerships and goals, to build a stronger Charlestown.
Looking to the summer, the Farmers' Market will re-open Fridays, starting at the
end of June. Our location will remain the same thanks to the Church of the Holy Spirit
at 4150 Old Post Road. This festive weekly event is the place to get your vegetables,
baked goods, meats, and join your community in celebrating open space and local
HOW CAN YOU HELP OUR
CHARLESTOWN LAND TRUST?
AS A MEMBER - Join hundreds of families and individuals who support the Land Trust,
allowing us to work everyday for Charlestown.
AS A CONSERVATION EASEMENT OR LAND DONOR - Provide a lasting legacy
through a gift of land or a conservation easement
AS A DONOR TO OUR LAND ACQUISITION OR STEWARDSHIP FUND - Your
donations help purchase important natural lands, annual care of our conserved lands,
and educational programs for children.
AS A VOLUNTEER - Volunteers provide immeasurable assistance to our efforts.
Visit our Membership Page
With much appreciation,
President, Charlestown Land Trust
Open Space Grant Award
The state has awarded nearly $4 million in matching grants to a host of communities and conservation groups across Rhode Island that will use the money to help protect 1,193 acres of open space and farmland. The Charlestown Land trust received an award of $328,000 to help purchase 27.13 acres on the river in Carolina. The work now begins to raise the 1/2 to purchase and protet this senative area along the river. The property will be open to the public for all to enjoy. Our watershed is key to the health of our community.
DEM Award Ceremony Attendees
From left: Karen Jarret - CLT President,
Janet Coit - DEM Director,
Kathy Grisson - CLT Board Member,
and Former R.I. Governor Lincoln Chafee
Charlestown Land Trust Acquires Critical Wetland Property
Pawcatuck River Wetlands Protected
for the Benefit of Everyone
The Charlestown Land Trust is pleased to announce the acquisition of 1. 37 acres of critical wetland habitat along New Biscuit City Road. The historically vacant land, donated by Frans & June Lowman, contains sensitive wetland habitat along the Pawcatuck River. The property was identified as a priority conservation area in the Washington County Land Trust Coalition Strategic Plan. The property is boarded to the north by the Pawcatuck River, which separates the parcel from land from protected wetlands owned in the town of Richmond by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. The acquisition of the property further protects the Pawcatuck River watershed from development that would threaten the beauty and natural biodiversity of Charlestown.
The New Biscuit City Road property has many important conservation values. It is located along the Pawcatuck River, a historically and ecologically important geographic feature in Charlestown. The property contains significant undeveloped wetlands, which creates, protects and sustains critical biodiversity and plants and animals native to Charlestown. In addition, the property borders open space protected by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island located across the river in Richmond.
The CLT board would like to express our sincere gratitude to the entire Lowman family for their generous donation and role in preserving critical wetland habitat in Charlestown.
‘Night of Local Lore’ celebrated Charlestown’s history
The community will took an evening to celebrate its rich history and deep rural roots March 19th when the Charlestown Land Trust and the Charlestown Historical Society teamed up to host the town’s ﬁrst history night at the Kettle Pond Visitors Center.
It was titled “A Night of Local Lore”. Residents of all ages were invited to attend as longtime residents in the community related stories of bygone days and displayed art and artifacts of the town’s past. Our thanks to the storytellers: Paul Kelley, David Greene, Richard Heines, Paula Dove Jennings, Barbara Burdick and Roy Jones. It was a night to celebrate a strong sense of community. The stories were taped and the recording will be kept at the Historical Society thanks to Carla Ricci.
Thanks to all those who joined us for a memorable evening.
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Only through generous support of all those who truly appreciate Charlestown's unique natural heritage will we be able to ensure that our town remain a beautiful and unspoiled place. We hope that you will join our efforts by donating to Charlestown Land Trust.