The purpose of the Conanicut Island Land Trust, as stated in the articles of incorporation, is "to promote for the benefit of the general public the preservation of natural resources principally in, but not limited to, the Town of Jamestown . . . To engage in and promote the scientific study of and education regarding natural resources . . . to use all properties held or controlled by the corporation for the benefit of the general public." The Conanicut Island Land Trust was incorporated in 1984 as a private, not-for-profit, tax exempt organization under Rhode Island law, and it is recognized as a 501(c)(3) qualified non profit organization under the Federal tax code.