The Westerly Land Trust is a not-for-profit corporation focused on land conservation which attained national accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission in 2017. The Trust operates throughout the town of Westerly to conserve space and enhance community resources. Specific programs include the preservation of open space, rehabilitation and redevelopment of established neighborhoods, and establishment of education and recreation opportunities for the public. The Trust’s programs and activities are directed to the protection and enhancement of the environment, agriculture, and water resources as well as the community’s “sense of place.” Westerly is recognized as a place with special charm and attractions which are a source of pride to its residents and a magnet for tourists and new residents. The Trust aims to protect and strengthen that reputation.
The Westerly Land Trust was incorporated November 16, 1987 in Rhode Island as a private non-profit conservation corporation. The new organization was given tax-exempt status in March 1988 by the Internal Revenue Service under Code Section 501 C 3.