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Land Acquisition and Real Estate

State Land Conservation and Acquisition Program

Tillinghast Management AreaThis program operates to identify, assess, acquire and protect lands consistent with the Department's responsibility to provide recreational lands, protect farmland, and save environmentally sensitive open space for Rhode Island's future generations. This office also coordinates land acquisition with other state, federal and non-profit land acquisition programs and leverages funding from these various sources. The land protection team works to acquire land consistent with state regulations for the acquisition of property, and to develop funding sources for these acquisitions.

View Statewide Planning's Greenways Plan and
Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Agricultural Land Preservation Commission (ALPC):

clip art of barn and windmillThe ALPC oversees the preservation of agricultural lands through the purchase of farmland development rights. Purchasing development rights from farmers enables them to retain ownership of their property and protects their lands for agricultural use. At the same time it provides farmers with a financially competitive alternative to development.

All program applications are reviewed and scored by the ALPC according to parcel size; soil quality; agricultural operation and viability; protection of water supplies and quality; open space, cultural and scenic features; flood protection; relative development pressure; and consistency with state and local plans. Funding for this program is obtained through the Open Space Bond, the USDA, and through the leveraging of land trust and municipal funds. Land Acquisition Committee:

Webster Property (Forest Legacy Project)The Land Acquisition Committee oversees all other real estate acquisitions, including acquisitions for parks and recreation, fish and wildlife, forest land protection, and watershed protection. Funding for these land acquisitions comes from the Open Space bond, local land trusts, The Nature Conservancy, and from various federal programs including the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Legacy program (application), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's State Wildlife Grant, and the U.S. Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Committee also reviews and makes recommendations on Departmental Lease, Licences, and Easements. Any surplus of DEM properties are reviewed by this Committee.

Application for Sale of Real Estate to RIDEM's Land Protection Program

Contact Us
Questions or comments may be directed to:
Lisa Primiano
Deputy Chief, State Land Conservation and Acquisition Program
Rhode Island Dept of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
(401) 222-2776 x4307

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