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Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: The watch hill conservancy was incorporated in 1999 to promote the preservation of the natural and built environments of watch hill, ri; to conserve, maintain and enhance the scenic, open space and historical values and the character of watch hill and support the continued vitality and sustainability of the community; to educate the public concerning the same; and to acqure and preserve interests in real property; and any other purposes incidental to the aforesaid purposes, whether accomplished within the watch hill fire district or in nearby areas of the town of westerly, ri or stonington, ct.

Programs: Continuing major progress on the conservancy's multi-year underground infrastructure project in the village of watch hill, including two-year engineering studies and five years (to date) of construction, and the undergrounding of wires and relocation of transformers. The portion of the project involving the installation of an underground ductbank on bay street began in late 2011 in conjunction with the town of westerly's installation of a new water line and storm water drainage system, and continued throughout 2012 and into 2013.

2014 was the ninth year of the conservancy's involvement in the napatree point conservation program which includes environmental education programs. In 2014 there was a record number of participating students and a marked sense of community support for a conservation regime that supports environmental conservation, together with public access and public enjoyment of watch hill's most significant natural area.

conservation activities include the maintenance of properties currently owned by the conservancy as well as exploring the acquisition of other properties of natural significance. The conservancy also offers free architectural design information to local property owners to aid them in making property renovations consistent with the history of the area.

the conservancy's newsletter, the watch hill conservator, is circulated to 1300 households in the watch hill area and provides in-depth information on conservation and historic preservation issues, with a special focus on watch hill and the nearby shoreline.

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