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Conservation Organizations Within Our General Area.

Save The Bay

Founded in 1970, Save The Bay is currently celebrating 50 years of advocacy, education, and restoration efforts in its mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed. An 18-month celebration marks the anniversary with special events and a capital campaign to unite the community and lay the foundation for Save The Bay's continued work toward a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to all.


Support Our Efforts


Save The Bay Center                                               Exploration Center & Aquarium                                 South Coast Center
100 Save The Bay Drive                                          175 Memorial Blvd.                                                       8 Broad St.
Providence, R.I. 02905                                            Newport, R.I. 02840                                                       Westerly, R.I. 02891
401-272-3540                                                           401-324-6020                                                                 401-315-2709

The Shelter Harbor Conservation Society

The Shelter Harbor Conservation Society serves the community to preserve and protect open space in Shelter Harbor, to support research in preserving and protecting the health of our shoreline and salt pond, and to provide educational opportunities regarding our land and water resources. 

Our activities and events help to protect your assets.

For Membership contact:  Mark Kane,


                                               Mike Van Vranken, 914-763-5563,

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Working with many partners, TNC brings people together to address the top threats to nature and deliver enduring solutions. In recent years, TNC removed the White Rock and Bradford dams from the lower Pawcatuck River, improving spawning habitat for river herring and resident fish. TNC is also helping the Town of Westerly develop and implement projects to make vulnerable areas of the community more resilient to climate change.


Contact:  Scott Comings, 401-331-7110,

Westerly Land Trust

The Westerly Land Trust is a non-profit organization that works to conserve open space, revitalize culturally significant properties, and provide environmental program for the enduring benefit of our community. The Land Trust currently holds nearly 1,700 acres of property including upland forest, saltmarsh, freshwater wetlands, farmland and more.

If you would like to become a member or a volunteer of the Westerly Land Trust, they can be reached either by phone at 401-315-2610 or by email at Visit them online at for more information.

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

The mission of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is to protect birds, other wildlife and their  habitat through conservation, education and advocacy for the benefit of people and all living things. Audubon conservation staff actively engages in a wide variety of ongoing property management on over 9,500 acres of wildlife refuges and protected land across the state. This includes habitat management, refuge protection, property monitoring and trail maintenance. The conservationists at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island also lead hundreds of public walks and programs each year in addition to other key conservation projects.


Phone: (401) 949-5454


Salt Pond Coalition

“To protect and enhance the health of the salt ponds for the benefit of wildlife and people.”

Our mission includes educating the residents of the salt ponds region about the salt ponds' value to the economy, and how residents can contribute to the well-being of the resource. SPC also acts as a conduit between the residents of the coastal communities and state and local governments for the flow of information vital to the survival of the salt ponds and their environs.  SPC works to implement programs which enhance the environment of the salt ponds and contribute to their protection, preservation, and economic well-being.  Finally, we network with other organizations to make our ecological experience available to residents of other New England coastal areas with similar needs.

Mailing Address:
     Salt Ponds Coalition
     P.O. Box 875
     Charlestown, RI 02813 Email Address:




     (401) 322-3068

Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation

Preserving Our Land… Protecting Our Waters… Engaging Our Communities…


The Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation is a non-profit land trust located in Westerly and Charlestown, Rhode Island, and dedicated to preserve and protect open space and clean water in the watersheds of the Winnapaug and Quonochontaug salt ponds.

The WFC protects over a thousand acres of green space, including marshes, fields, and woodlands. Our lands are a habitat for migratory and endangered birds, small mammals, reptiles and dozens of different plant species.

We work with area farmers to preserve their land and their way of life, and with other local organizations to promote clean water and green spaces.


Please join us in our mission to keep this unique corner of the world green and wild.


(401) 315-5380

The Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation
P.O. Box 3067

Westerly, RI 02891

Nope's Island Conservation Association 

The privately owned beach is enjoyed by people year-round and is prime habitat for scores of permanent and migratory species of wildlife.  It is a unique asset that truly defines our communities.

Nope's Island Conservation Association (NICA) is the nonprofit corporation that was formed to preserve the Quonochontaug Pond Barrier Beach.  A volunteer-run organization, the group relies upon the support of pond residents and the communities bordering Quonochontaug Pond for key operational funding.

NICA's mission is to preserve the beach as an unspoiled habitat and for passive recreational enjoyment.  As one of several beachfront landowners, NICA is closely aligned with the Quonochontaug Beach Conservation Commission (QBCC,) which works to keep the beach clean and prevent erosion with beach grass and fencing, and with the US Fish & Wildlife Commission, which helps protect endangered bid species.

NICA actively monitors activities and issues that threaten the ecology of the beach.

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