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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.

A Letter From our President

Dear Friend of the Charlestown Land Trust,
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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 products.

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.

JOIN US!
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With much appreciation,
Karen Jarret President, Charlestown Land Trust

The Charlestown Land Trust Conducts Fun Day of "Hiking For Everyone

“Hiking For Everyone”
invites participants of all ages and abilities
to enjoy Charlestown's open spaces.

On September 13, 2014 The Charlestown Land Trust hosted the first "Hiking for Everyone" event at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center. Over 30 participants of all ages and abilities from group homes throughout the state gathered to hike and enjoy the Americans with Disabilities Act-certified accessible trails located at the National Wildlife Refuge's Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charlestown. The beautiful summer day with clear skies and dry weather made for an outstanding view of Block Island from the visitor center's observation deck. The Charlestown Land Trust is pleased to have forged new partnerships with many statewide healthcare providers and the participants who made the day enjoyable and memorable. Visit the Charlestown Land Trust's website at www. charlestownlandtrust. org for upcoming announcements on future Hiking for Everyone events.

Residents of ages from 17 to over 60 from many communities throughout the state participated in the hiking, including people from Charlestown, South Kingstown, Westerly and even Warwick and Providence. After the hiking we all enjoyed cider, cookies and apples in the beautiful Kettle Pond Visitor Center. Our participants and volunteers enjoyed the visitor center's museum and large photography exhibit. The CLT board would like to thank all the participants and healthcare providers, as well as our hosts at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center who made the day possible.

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 Mr. Frans 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.

Annual CLT Turkey Trot

T2014 Bonfire

The annual day after Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot” took place Friday November 28th. The event is co-sponsored by US Fish and Wildlife and The Charlestown Land Trust. The first of two walks started at Trustom Pond Refuge, on Matunuck School House Rd. South Kingstown, followed by a hike at Charlestown Land Trust’s Mill Pond Preserve. Mill Pond, an 80 acre parcel is the site of the former American Fish Culture Trout Hatchery. (pictured above) AFC chose this site because of the 200 gallons per minute 48 degree year round temperature spring water. During the 1940-1950’s AFC was New England’s largest private hatchery, shipping two hundred thousand pounds of rainbow trout to various markets including the Fulton Street Fish Market in NYC.

About 25 hikers enjoyed a perfect day for a walk followed by cider and cookies and a warming fire. A product donation was made by Table Talk Foods.

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The Land Trust booth at the Chalrestown Farmers Market

The Charlestown Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving land and preserving the natural heritage of Charlestown Rhode Island. We work to permanently protect and steward important habitats and landscapes, including woodlands and fields, ponds, coastal areas, agricultural lands, and river systems.