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

The 2021 Letter From our Board


Hello there,

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Spring has always been a harbinger of life and hope, and in recent years there has never been a time the world needed this positivity more. The Charlestown Land Trust has much to be grateful for and, even though this will still be an unconventional and challaenging year, we also have much to look forward to. One of our exciting developments for 2021 is the hiring of an Executive Director, Angela Brunetti.

A Connecticut native, Angela moved to Charlestown six years ago. She is an outdoor and environmental enthusiast and immediately fell in love with all our town has to offer, Angela prompting her to join CLT and other local environmental organizations. Her professional focus has been on membership and development and she has worked for no n profits such as the Newport Historical Society and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. For the past three years Angela was employed by our friends at the South Kingstown Land Trust where she realized her passion for the land trust profession and conservation of local open space. Her enthusiasm and dedication to our mission make Angela a great fit for CLT.

Angela lives in the Carolina area with her husband Paul and dachshund Bella. During her free time, she can be found tending her vegetable garden, kayaking, or exploring local trails. She indulges in international travel and plays on a recreational roller derby team and is looking forward to a time when it is safe to do both again. The pandemic also makes it challenging to introduce Angela to our friends and suppo rters, but she is eager to get to know you all. Consider sending her a welcome email at angela@charlestownlandtrust.org and introduce yourself digitally. Or in a few months, stop by our Farmers Market to meet her in person!

Speaking of the Farmers Market we look forward to once again enjoying local, fresh produce, fruits, honey, shellfish, specially prepared dishes, baked goods, and a tried and true food truck. Our farmers will still be farming and we are grateful to offer their fare along with other local products from our much valued vendors.

We will follow the RI Department of Health guidelines current for the summer of 2021. The protocols of masking, distancing and sanitizing will continue. But you will still see the smile and warmth in our eyes. As the circumstances around the pandemic improve there is a possibility that we will once again have live music, visits from local nonprofits and perhaps some childrens activities. Fingers crossed for the chance to linger!

We invite you to join us at the end of June to sample the lifestyle and sense of community that we enjoy in our coastal corner of South County. In the meantime, take a look at market years of the past by visiting our Farmers Market blog. Check out our CLT Facebook page for highlights and updates.

Support your local farmers and businesses. And please, take a moment to renew your membership to the Land Trust. Since we were unable to hold traditional fundraising events last year and are unsure what this year will bring, your support is more crucial than ever.

Consider increasing your membership contribution if you are able. Or spread the word to your family, neighbors, and friends about who we are and what we do. Encourage them to join. With an executive director on board, we are planning for growth and exciting times ahead. We want you an d our community to be a part of that with us.

Discover the small and big wonders of our area! Best regards from all of us at the Charlestown Land Trust.

Karen Jarret
President

Angela Brunetti
Executive Director

Board of Directors:
Dave Fredrikson
John Varadian
Paul Kelley
Sheila Martin
Patrice Fenton
Keith Killingbeck
Kathie Gibson
Elaine Checchia
Jane Burns
Linda Boback

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY!

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.

Charlestown Land Trust Members’ Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 28
5:00PM
Kettle Pond Visitors Center
50 Bend Rd, Charlestown

Charlestown Land Trust’s annual meeting of members will be held on Thursday, October 28 at 5:00 PM at the Kettle Pond Visitors Center, 50 Bend Rd in Charlestown. Please RSVP at clt@charlestownlandtrust.org if you are interested in attending! Following the business meeting David Gregg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, will give an illustrated presentation on community science and conservation.

For at least 120 years, conservation has been guided by understandings about species and ecosystems developed as far back as the 18th century. Stasis and continuity have been foundations for understanding the biological world. Now with climate change, we live in a world of ecological novelty so what are the limits of prior knowledge and typical methods? Using examples from historic records and recent discoveries in Rhode Island biodiversity, Gregg will talk about new opportunities for local land trusts and community-based observers to participate in environmental science and conservation going forward.

Angela

Photo courtesy of RINHS.org

The Rhode Island Natural History Survey is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 with a mission to connect people knowledgeable about Rhode Island's animals, plants, and natural systems with each other and with those who can use that knowledge for research, education, and conservation. Its activities include Rhode Island BioBlitz; the Rhody Native plant initiative; invasive species response and education; and support for partners including RIDEM, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and the land trust community statewide.

David Gregg has been director of the Natural History Survey since 2004. He grew up exploring the woods, fields, and shores of Cape Cod and began collecting insects at age 13. By training, David is an archaeologist, with fieldwork in Europe and Alaska. David has hosted documentary videos and published on topics including educational enrichment, science communication, prehistoric archaeology, and museum studies.

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Conserving Charlestown

Two Families Donate Conservation Easements to Protect Their Land

Richard and Mary Heines and George and Susan Tremblay were looking for a way protect the land they hold dear in Charlestown. Long-time residents with deep roots in the community, they have stewarded their wooded properties carefully for decades and didn’t want to see them lost to development. In the end, they independently arrived at the same solution: preserving their open space by donating the development rights to the Charlestown s Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. We’re honored that the Heines and Tremblay families entrusted us to keep their land safe.

Both properties have significant ecological value in the context of larger natural area. The 45-acre Heines property is just southwest of the Carter Preserve, and contributes to a growing corridor of conservation along the Pawcatuck River. The Tremblays’ 40-acre tract provides a buffer to the wetlands around Pasquiset Pond, part of an important drinking water recharge area for southern Rhode Island. We are deeply grateful to the Heines and Tremblay families for their generous gifts. We are also lucky to have a terrific community partner in the Nature Conservancy, which will co-hold the conservation easements that protect both properties in perpetuity.

The Charlestown Land Trust has several other projects where the seeds of change have been planted; with the hope of protecting what we love here in Charlestown. New, permanent charitable tax incentives approved by Congress in 2015 have provided a powerful conservation tool that is already helping to save special places. For more information about the deduction, one can contact the Charlestown Land Trust, Karen Jarret, kljarret153@gmail.com, or contact Scott Comings, Associate State Director Nature Conservancy, at scomings@tnc.org.