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January 30, 2008
Update: Endowment will help preserve R.I. open space
Rhode Island has more than 100,000 acres of land protected from developers and, thanks to an endowment today, will have more resources and a new coordinated effort to care for the protected open space.
The Rhode Island Foundation today announced it will be receiving an endowment of $1 million from Peggy and Henry Sharpe to support the Conservation Stewardship Collaborative.
And an anonymous donor offered the CSC more help; for every contribution of $1,000 or more made to the endowment, the donor will make a matching contribution to an environmental organization up to $1 million or until December 2010.
Julie Sharpe this morning said her in-laws had the insight to create the endowment.
"There is a long-standing interest in the Sharpe family in conservation and land stewardship," Sharpe said in a statement. "We worked very had with these seven organizations to find a meaningful way to advance stewardship of protected areas."
Click below for a list of organizations that make up the Conservation Stewardship Collaborative.
Correction: An earlier version of this item put the acreage at 1,000 and described the endowment as giving the state the ability to continue buying the rights to open space around the state.
-- projo.com staff writer Brandie M. Jefferson, with reports from Journal staff writer Peter B. Lord
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