Preserving Rhode Island’s open spaces

Rhode Islanders love their woodlands, meadows, marshes, and other open spaces. And they’re committed to preserving and stewarding these special places through permanent funds at the Foundation.

Among the conservation funds the Foundation administers are two organization endowments for the Block Island Conservancy: the Eric Jess Spirer Fund and the Block Island Conservancy Inc. Stewardship Endowment Fund. Established in 2004 and 2008, respectively, these endowments help fund maintenance of the preserved land on Block Island, land that comprises approximately 45% of the Island.

The acquisition of property for open space has been a priority in other communities, as well. Two funds benefit Tiverton: the Tiverton Land Trust Fund, an organization endowment established in 2000, and the Pocassetlands Stewardship Fund, a designated fund established in 2007.

Other funds benefit specific communities – from the northeast corner of the state (Cumberland Land Trust Greenways Endowment Fund) to the southwest (Hopkinton Land Trust Conservation Stewardship Endowment) – while several field of interest funds are dedicated to Rhode Island open spaces.

As Garry Plunkett noted upon the establishment of the Pocassetlands Stewardship Fund, “The public needs access to preserved lands to enjoy them (and) these preserved lands need to be properly maintained.” It’s a sentiment that resonates throughout the state.

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