Barrington Land Conservation Trust

At A Glance


Cindy Elder


Barrington, Rhode Island

Primary Issue Area:

  • Land & Water
  • Environmental Health
  • Climate Change & Energy

Active since:


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Core volunteers:


  • Families discover Allin's Cove
  • Tuesday Trails Team
  • Planting day at Johannes Farm Wildlife Preserve
  • Guided walk at Sowams Woods
  • RWU Student Volunteers

Our Purpose

Through intentional engagement with a diverse array of community members, the Barrington Land Conservation Trust seeks to promote preservation of open space and create pathways for a new generation of environmental leaders. We prioritize outreach to and engagement with those who have been historically under-represented in the environmental sector.Like many small towns close to urban centers, Barrington faces ongoing pressure to develop all of its remaining land. Many people in our area rely on public open space for daily access to the natural environment.Preservation of habitats has become increasingly challenging in the fragmented suburban environment. Thus, in addition to maintaining our existing open space and acquiring land as it becomes available, we seek to empower community members and elevate their voices on a range of environmental issues such as responses to climate change, indigenous food sovereignty, salt marsh degredation, wildlife corridors, pollinator pathways and other concerns.Since 1979, Barrington Land Conservation Trust has protected in perpetuity nearly 300 acres of land in this town of 17,000 people, including two wildlife preserves, a nature preserve, walking trails, and small environmentally sensitive parcels.  Our volunteers also maintain two large nature preserves owned by the town. We collaborate with other nearby land trusts, local schools and universities, the Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Save the Bay, and others.