Block Island Conservancy

The Block Island Conservancy is the oldest environmental protection group on Block Island. It is a grass roots organization that has been working towards preserving the unique characteristics of the Island, which so many have grown to love. It is through contributions, large and small, from members and supporters, that the Block Island Conservancy is able to acquire land for a variety of uses. The Block Island Conservancy is dedicated to maintaining habitats for animals and birds; protecting the natural beauty of this Island; providing trails for walking, and quiet recreation; and protecting Block Island’s natural heritage, rural character, and public access to its resources.

The Conservancy’s purpose is to protect Block Island’s natural heritage, rural character, and access to its resources. This is accomplished primarily by preserving land as open space through acquisition or via conservation easement. In 1972, when Captain John R. Lewis and other Island residents founded Block Island Conservancy, local land trusts were a little known idea. The efforts of this determined group generated such a strong grass-roots support that The Nature Conservancy, an international organization with similar goals, committed its talent and expertise to Block Island projects. Although similar in name, there is no formal affiliation between the two organizations. They have worked together for years as partners in land protection, each complementing the strength of the other, to secure common goals.

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Contact Block Island Conservancy

Contact Block Island Conservancy

Stephen Record
25 Spring St.
PO Box 84
Block Island, Rhode Island  02807-0084
Phone: (401) 466-3111


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