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
You're invited to
A NIGHT OF LOCAL LORE
SAVE THE DATE
for a night of storytelling,
light fare, wine and friends.
The Historical Society and the
Charlestown Land Trust
will host a night of
Charlestown's history on
March 19th, 2015
General Stanton Inn
Tickets at the door
$10.00 for the public
and free to our storytellers.
Spread the word!
RSVP: Karen Jarret- firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us for an evening of Charlestown's history!
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.
Annual CLT Turkey Trot
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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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.