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Friday, March 21, 2014

ALT's Annual Appeal


Consider giving to ALT's Annual Appeal or becoming a member! The general operating funds derived from these two initiatives are crucial to help us continue to move our time-sensitive mission forward!

ALT has worked to conserve over 2,400 acres of land that is crucial to ensure safe drinking water, prime USDA farmland, wildlife habitats for endangered species, scenic vistas on historic corridors and recreational areas for our community to thrive in. Over the last several years we have also created a 10-mile nature trail that is free and open to the community. These projects are the core of what helps to make Aquidneck Island an amazing place to live and visit.

To make an Annual Appeal or Membership gift to ALT please click
HERE or call our office at 401.849.2799.



Upcoming Community Events:

Small State, Big Issues:
Conservation in Rhode Island
Monday March 24 2014, 6-7:30PM
Salve Regina University, O'Hare Room 260


Changing climate, habitat loss, wildlife poaching... the list of threats to our natural resources is extensive. Becoming mindful of global issues of conservation is important. Understanding how these issues affect your home state is critical. Join us for a panel discussion of the conservation issues that impact the Ocean State and what is being done to protect our natural capital for generations to come.




A Message from the Aquidneck Grower's Market:

The Aquidneck growers are taking a break from this long hard winter to prepare for the spring growing season. Warm weather will be upon us soon and these banks of snow and deep freezes will be just dim, cold memories and until then we are going to stop struggling against the forces of nature and the challenges they present to winter growing in northern climates (not to mention the challenges for getting out to do the shopping!) and close our winter season earlier than was originally planned.
Saturday, March 15 will be the last week of our indoor market at St. Mary's old parish hall in Portsmouth, but we will return with all the favorite vendors, and some new ones, for the summer season in our two lovely outdoor locations: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. opening June 7 through October 25, at the Newport Vineyard and Winery, 900 East Main, Middletown, and Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. opening June 4, on Memorial Boulevard between Chapel and Edgar in Newport.


ALT Conserves a Portsmouth Property!

Today the Aquidneck Land Trust ("ALT") and the Faria family are pleased to announce the conservation of 10.53 acres of prime arable farm land in Portsmouth, RI.

The Faria property, which is located on the easterly side of Hedly Street, comprises two lots with a combined acreage of approximately 14.6 acres. The conserved portion of the property is actively farmed and directly adjacent to Sisson Pond, within the Sisson Pond watershed. Sisson Pond is one of Aquidneck Island's seven public drinking water reservoirs. The Faria property slopes east to Sisson Pond; if it were developed into the 7 house lots a hypothetical subdivision plan shows, polluted runoff from the houses and pavement would drain directly into Sisson Pond.

The Faria property also has significant agricultural, wildlife habitat, watershed protection and scenic values. Strategically located within ALT's Center Island Greenway, the property is contiguous with approximately 294 acres of land previously conserved by ALT, including farmland to the north and Sisson and St. Mary's ponds to the east.

"Development in our watersheds has increased over the years, adding more houses and roads where forests and fields once were. Maintaining this property as open space, and others like it, is critical to protecting the quality of our drinking water supplies on Aquidneck Island.  This conservation easement also protects prime farmland, so much of which we have lost on Aquidneck Island.  ALT is all about protecting farming as a way of life and protecting local sources of food production.  It's safe to say the current drought in California has made it apparent that we need to be conscious and vigilant about local sources for our food." said Chuck Allott, Executive Director of the Aquidneck Land Trust.

A representative of the Faria family stated. "We are certain that our parents would be proud to know that we have worked with ALT to preserve the land they loved so much.  We all worked together as a family on this land, and the decision to keep it as farmland was the right choice for all of us."

ALT wishes to thank our partners in this project: the van Beuren Charitable Foundation and the Town of Portsmouth, both of whom have made a lasting difference by supporting the conservation of this important watershed parcel.
The conservation easement on the Faria's land is a perpetual legal agreement that will ensure the property is not further subdivided or developed, while allowing sustainable, productive agricultural use of the land. ALT will be responsible for ensuring that the terms of the conservation easement are upheld with current and future owners of the property.

If you would like to support ALT in our time-sensitive mission by becoming a member, click here.  Your membership affords us the ability to continue saving open space and protecting the quality of the drinking water on Aquidneck Island.


ALT's time-sensitive mission is to conserve Aquidneck Island's open spaces and natural character for the lasting benefit of our community. The organization has conserved 2,450.66 acres on 71 properties across Aquidneck Island since its founding in 1990. ALT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and the first land trust in Rhode Island to have received national accreditation. 
To become a member of ALT click HERE.
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As always, thank you for your continued support
for conservation on our Island.


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