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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,, or contact Scott Comings, Associate State Director Nature Conservancy, at

Charlestown Land Trust’s Virtual Holiday Bazaar

Thursday, December 1, 5:00 AM – Monday, December 5, 8:00 PM

Online Link To Auction

Ring in the season of giving with the Charlestown Land Trust’s second annual online holiday auction. This holiday market will feature items, services, and fun experiences from our beloved Farmers Market vendors, other local businesses, and friends.

The proceeds from this fundraising bazaar directly support the protection and stewardship of the open spaces in our care as well as our outreach efforts and programming. So go ahead and grab a unique and local gift for that someone who has everything while simultaneously supporting a great cause. Join us and find some local cheer this year!

Online Link To Auction

S’mores Social at Mill Pond

Thursday, November 12, 2022 3:00PM

Mill Pond Preserve

Come join us on November 12th at Mill Pond Preserve for a stroll, marshmallow roast with cider, and good company and conversation. Meet us for a guided hike around 3 pm or feel free to wander the trails on your own. Prefer to skip the walk and just enjoy some s’mores and relaxation? Then pop in around 4:00 as we light the chimineas!

Mill Pond Preserve is across from East Charles St. on South County Trail. Sturdy shoes suggested. Feel free to bring additional snacks and camp chairs! Please RSVP using the form below. Hope to see you there!

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Fall Foliage
Photograph by: Fred Baker