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.
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
ALT Conserves a Portsmouth
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,
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.
For more information, visit www.AquidneckLandTrust.org
always, thank you for your continued support
for conservation on
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