Barrington Land Conservation Trust

At A Glance


Cindy Elder


Barrington, Rhode Island

Primary Issue Area:

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

Active since:


Tax Status:


Core volunteers:


  • Residents walking in the Sowams Woods, a BLCT property
  • Child volunteer helping with Terrapin Conservation Project
  • Participants in guided walk to Allin's Cove
  • Families discover Allin's Cove
  • Tuesday Trails Team
  • Planting day at Johannes Farm Wildlife Preserve
  • Guided walk at Sowams Woods

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 involvement among those who have been historically under-represented in the environmental sector.Like many small towns close to urban centers, Barrington, RI 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 educate the public on ways they can contribute to the creation of wildlife and pollinator corridors in their own yards and shared open space.Since 1979, Barrington Land Conservation Trust  protected in perpetuity nearly 300 acres of land in this small 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.