Land Acquisition Priorities

As our town’s local land trust, South Kingstown Land Trust works on projects both large and small. For larger projects located in priority resource areas, in greenways, or abutting other protected land, SKLT will endeavor to find funding to purchase lands which cannot be donated by the landowner. Our staff is well versed in bringing even complicated projects to a successful close.

The land protection strategy adopted in 1997 by the SKLT Board of Trustees summarizes our priorities:

  • Protection of groundwater resources, including groundwater aquifer areas, recharge areas, and wellhead protection areas;
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem resources, including areas designated by the RIDEM Heritage program as suitable habitat for rare or unique species, wetlands, large areas of undeveloped forest, coastal ponds watersheds, lands adjacent to rivers, streams or ponds, and barrier beaches;
  • Aesthetic, cultural, and recreational resources, including farmland, scenic vistas, and lands with unique recreational, cultural, or neighborhood values; and
  • Opportunistic acquisitions, including any large (greater than 5 acres) properties or those intended for resale.