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Proudly celebrating our 45th year.

What is the Sakonnet Preservation Association, Inc.?

Sakonnet Preservation was founded in 1972, and was the first private, non-profit community land trust in Rhode Island.

What is a land trust?

A land trust is a charitable organization that acquires land or conservation easements,[1] or that stewards land or easements, to achieve one or more conservation purposes.

The conservation purposes may include protecting natural habitat, water quality, or scenic views; ensuring that the land is always available for farming, forestry, or outdoor recreational use; or protecting other values provided by open land.

Land trusts work cooperatively with landowners to complete real estate transactions, sometimes purchasing property interests, sometimes accepting donations of those interests.

Land trusts also work to ensure that land previously acquired or placed under easement is properly conserved. They seek to bring lasting conservation benefits—permanent improvements—to communities.