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History of CLT Video Debuts!

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

Click the image below to watch a beautifully produced video of the history and mission of CLT.

Our Mission

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,
CLT Logo

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.


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,
Karen Jarret 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 towards the acquisition of 27.13 acres on the Pawcatuck River in Carolina. The work now begins to raise 1/2 of the funds needed to purchase and protect this sensitive 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,
Katherine Gibson - CLT Board Member,
and Former R.I. Governor Lincoln Chafee

celebrating Charlestown’s history
October 17th, 2015

Saturday evening- Meadowbrook Inn
6:00 pm
Dinner and Dancing to the Coastal Swing Band
Silent Auction

Tickets are $65.00 per person
Tables of 10 can be reserved.

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.

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