Nearly half of Block Island is protected from development.
Block Island is a national leader in land preservation. Open space is one of the most powerful attractions on the island. We have rolling meadows, trails and long stretches of ocean view properties that will be preserved forever. The trails are maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers and are open to the public year-round.
Several agencies have taken it upon themselves of continue preserving open space: The Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy and the Block Island Conservancy. Three percent of the sale of every private residential home goes into a trust for the purchase of open land. These agencies also work with the town of New Shoreham, the state as well as federal agencies.
The Block Island Conservancy recently opened an education center on Weldon’s Way that tells the long and colorful history of land preservation on the island and is dedicated to continuing this important mission.
BLOCK ISLAND CONSERVANCY www.biconservancy.org 401-466-3111
OCEAN VIEW FOUNDATION www.oceanviewfoundation.org
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY www.nature.org/blockisland 401-466-2129
BLOCK ISLAND: RHODE ISLAND’S JEWEL-available at Island Bound Bookstore
WETHERBEE’S BLOCK ISLAND, FISHING UP THE MOON www.jacklynchblockisland.com