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  • The Napatree Point Conservation Area is a natural preserve, an important bird nesting and migratory resting area and one of the region’s finest beaches. The Conservancy is part owner and, in partnership with the Watch Hill Fire District, educates the public about the ecology of the barrier beach.
  • The voters of Watch Hill overwhelmingly supported the District Council's recommendation that the District convey a Conservation Easement over their Napatree  Point properties to the Conservancy.  The easement grant protects some sixty acres of ecologically significant open space barrier beach.  The Conservancy Board has designated the easement the "Chaplin B. Barnes Napatree Point Conservation Easement", in honor of former Conservancy Executive Director, Chaplin Barnes, whose efforts over several years led to the establishment of the easement.
  • In 2011 the highly regarded Rhode Island Natural History Survey (RINHS) issued a report on Napatree, "Napatree Point Conservation Area Ecosystem Management Study."  Reviewing in 2010 achievements over a five-year period, it commended the Conservancy and the Watch Hill Fire District for their "long term stewardship of an important natural resource of Rhode Island and the East Coast."  The initial RINHS study, undertaken in 2005, provided valuable baseline information and management recommendations, "Ecological and Land Management Survey of Napatree Beach and Napatree Point, Westerly, Rhode Island."

  • In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the program protects the federally threatened piping plovers, which nest on Napatree. 

  • Underground Utility Project: Eliminate 73 utility poles and overhead wires in Watch Hill Village and relocate underground to revitalize the area and to enhance public safety and aesthetic beauty.

  • Land acquisition: We continue to explore approaches to increasing our inventory of protected properties.

NAPATREE POINT Photo: Richard C. Youngken