BLOCK ISLAND LAND TRUST
PO Box 220 ~ Block Island, RI 02807
Tel: (401) 466-3207
Fax: (401) 466-3219
|Wendy Crawford ||2020|
|H. Dennis Heinz, Vice Chair||2020|
|Barbara MacMullan, Chair||2018 |
Harold Hatfield III, Stewardship Coordinator
Barbara B. Michel, Trasurer
Quasi-Municipal, Nonpartisan Elected Board, four year term
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Nature Conservancy - Block Island
Block Island Conservancy
~ Download Forms and Documents Below (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader):
Enabling Legislation (as Amended 2002)
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.
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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