BLOCK ISLAND LAND TRUST



PO Box 220 ~ Block Island, RI 02807

Tel:  (401) 466-3207 

Fax:  (401) 466-3219

Email: landtrust@new-shoreham.com


Secretary:       

Heidi Tarbox


Board Members

Term Exp.

Wendy Crawford
2020
H. Dennis Heinz, Vice Chair
2020
Barbara MacMullan, Chair2018

Harold Hatfield III, Stewardship Coordinator

2018

Barbara B. Michel, Trasurer

2018

         Quasi-Municipal, Nonpartisan Elected Board, four year term

Hodge PreserveThe Block Island Land Trust (BILT) acquires and preserves open space on Block Island for conservation, recreation, aquifer protection and agricultural uses.  The BILT was established by state legislation and is funded by a 3% fee on the transfer of real property on Block Island.

History of the Block Island Land Trust: 

In the mid-1980's, Block Island was in the midst of a historic development boom.  A group of concerned citizens formed the "Real Estate Transfer Fee and Land Bank Committee" in the  summer of 1985, and began the creation of the Block Island Land Trust (BILT), modeled after the first state-legislated conservation organization of its kind in Rhode Island, the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust.  After months of work, the group, led by Keith Lewis and backed by the Island's real estate community, succeeded.  The Rhode Island General Assembly, during its January, 1986 legislative session, established the Act empowering the Town of New Shoreham to establish a land trust.  Voters of the Town of New Shoreham adopted the resolution establishing the Block Island Land Trust at a Special Financial Town Meeting on August 26, 1986, which became effective in October, 1986.  The resolution authorized the collection of a transfer fee on sales of real property on Block Island, which is currently set at 3%. The BILT is presently authorized to issue up to $6,000,000 in bonds.  The Land Trust is administered by five unpaid Trustees who are elected for staggered four-year terms.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Block Island Land Trust is to acquire, hold, and manage real property and interest therein situated in the Town of New Shoreham consisting of open, agricultural, or coastal region property, including existing and future well fields and aquifer recharge areas; fresh and saltwater marshes and adjoining uplands; barrier beaches; wildlife habitats; land providing access to or views of the ocean, harbors, and ponds; land for bicycling and hiking paths and for public recreational use; and land for agricultural use.

Additional Information:

The Block Island Land Trust works in close cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and the Block Island Conservancy, both with offices on the island.  In 2007, Block Island reached a milestone of 43% preserved open space, nearing the Town's Comprehensive Plan goal of 50%.  This includes land held by Block Island Land Trust, Block Island Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy,  Town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Audubon Society, United States Government, and United States Fish & Wildlife Service.

Endangered Species:

Block Island Land Trust properties protect and provide habitat for many rare species, including the Federally endangered American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus), and the State endangered Bushy Rockrose (Helianthemum dumosum), Pale Green Orchid (Platanthera flava), and Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus).  One property contains the largest population in Rhode Island of the State endangered Northern Blazing Star (Liatris borealis).  In addition, Land Trust properties protect morainal grassland, a globally imperiled habitat type. 

~ Links:

          The Nature Conservancy - Block Island
          Block Island Conservancy

~ Download Forms and Documents Below (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader):  Get Adobe Reader
Please note that forms may take several seconds to download.  Use the TAB key to navigate through form fields and Space Bar or mouse click to activate check boxes.  You cannot save a completed copy of the form, so please complete the form and print it or print a blank form to be completed later.  All forms must be submitted with original signatures.  Completed, signed forms must accompany the deed(s) to be recorded and must be mailed or hand delivered, along with the appropriate recording fees and applicable Land Trust fee, to the Town Clerk, Town of New Shoreham, PO Box 220, Block Island, RI 02807.  Questions regarding recording fees should be directed to the New Shoreham Town Clerk at (401)466-3200.

Enabling Legislation (as Amended 2002)

Rules and Regulations

Are You Entitled to an Exemption?

Land Trust Certificate A

Land Trust Certificate B

Land Trust Certificate C

Land Trust Photo Gallery

2011 Poll Issues Anaysis Report

2011 Poll Response Cross Tabulations

2011 Poll Response Summary Results

Property Transfers - March 2015

FY2015 Report to FTM - Financials

FY2015 Report to FTM

Property Transfers - December 2015

Property Transfers - January 2016

Property Transfers - February 2016

Property Transfers - March 2016

Property Transfers - April 2016 revised

Property Transfers - May 2016

Property Transfers - June 2016

Property Transfers - July 2016

Property Transfers - August 2016

Property Transfers - September 2016

Property Transfers - October 2016

Property Transfers - November 2016

Property Transfers - December 2016 (abbreviated)

Property Transfers - January 2017

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