Gaining Ground

Rhode Island

65,600

Acres Protected

That’s about 49,697 football fields!

Land trusts have already conserved 61 million acres of private land across the nation — more than all of the national parks combined. Help us conserve another 60 million acres by the end of the decade.

Together, let’s keep Gaining Ground.

Visitors to Land Trust Properties

223,725

Visitors in 2020, more than double that of 2015.

Percent of Land Trusts That Provide Public Access to Their Lands

81%

Land trusts provide opportunities to recreate and recharge.

Number of People Served

12,125

Land trusts provide programs and activities to get people outside and learn about the land.

Miles of Trails

109

Walking, hiking and other outdoor recreation improve people's health and well-being.

Miles With Universal Access

5

Universal access trails are designed to be used by all people, regardless of ability.

Percent of Land Trusts Who Increased Community Engagement in the Last Five Years

88%

Land Trusts Are Deepening Relationships With:
  • People from various racial and ethnic backgrounds

  • Older adults or those living in retirement communities

  • People who identify as LGBTQ+

  • People living with disabilities

  • Veterans

Land Trusts Are Helping Address Community Needs, Including:
  • Youth education and development

  • Community and economic development

  • Food security and agriculture

  • Health and wellness

  • Social and environmental justice

Demographics

Every land trust is as unique as the community it serves.

Rhode Island land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.

Active Land Trusts

27

A land trust is a nonprofit that conserves land by acquiring and stewarding land or conservation easements.

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Alliance Member Land Trusts

13

Land Trust Alliance members commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.

Learn about the land trust alliance
Accredited Land Trusts

6

Accredited land trusts undergo a thorough review of their practices in governance, finance, transactions and stewardship.

Learn about land trust accreditation

People

  • Members/financial supporters

    10,961

  • Volunteers

    1,880

  • Full-time staff

    38

  • Part-time staff

    23

  • Board members

    338

Land Trust Longevity

  • Oldest

    125 years old (1897)

  • Youngest

    13 years old (2009)

  • Median age

    36 years old

Percent of Land Trusts Who Increased Focus on Climate Change in the Last Five Years

100%

Percent of Land Trusts Receiving Funding to Address Climate Change

50%

Sources of Funding to Address Climate Change
  • United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

  • Rhode Island General Assembly

Land Protected

There has been a 37% increase in Rhode Island land protected by land trusts since 2010.

Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Rhode Island lands, waters and ways of life.

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
47,828
63,614
65,600
+37%
Under easement
7,595
12,212
13,589
+79%
Owned
15,852
26,366
26,568
+68%
Acquired and reconveyed
7,739
8,096
7,631
0%
Protected by other means
16,642
17,989
17,812
+7%

Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.

Percent of Land Owned and Under Easement Held by an Accredited Land Trust

53%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$254 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

2,900

Source: NRCS - Natural Resources Inventory

This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.

Making a Difference

Rhode Island land trusts are gaining ground.

Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of Rhode Island's most pressing issues.

  • Providing access to land for all: The Rhode Island Land Trust Council created the RIWalks Challenge, adding 30 nature-inspired creatures along nature trails at land trust properties to encourage people to get outside and visit the special places land trusts protect.

    Read more
  • Conserving wildlife habitat: The accredited South Kingstown Land Trust began Operation Spadefoot RI, a habitat restoration project to create artificial breeding pools in order to repopulate the endangered eastern spadefoot toad.

    Read more


Land Trusts Working in Rhode Island

Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.